Second Career

Get skills-training and financial support when you qualify for Second Career.

What Second Career gives you

You can get new skills – those needed for jobs in demand now – and financial support when you qualify for Second Career.

Apply for up to $28,000 for costs including:

  • tuition
  • books
  • manuals, workbooks or other instructional costs
  • transportation
  • basic living allowance (maximum $410 per week)
  • child care

How you qualify for Second Career

As a start, you qualify for Second Career when:

  • you have been laid off and have not been working

  • you have been laid off and are working a temporary job just to cover costs

If you’re receiving Employment Insurance (EI), or have in the past, you can still apply.


When preparing your application, you also have to show:

  • how long you have been unemployed, or working your temporary job, and looking for work
  • places you have applied and positions you have applied for (e.g. cover letters, CV and responses from potential employers)
  • what level of education you reached
  • where you worked before, for how long and what skills you needed for that work
  • what skills you want to get and where you can get trained in them
  • information showing the skills and job you want to train for are in demand

Enrolled in Second Career?

You may need a program letter that includes detailed information regarding your program.

Postsecondary: For your second career program information for the Winter 2021 or Spring/Summer 2021 term email antonella.badal-badalian [at] Provide your full name and program of interest. If you have already applied to Mohawk include your MohawkID (student number). Second Career letters for Fall 2021 will be posted here for students to download in June, 2021.

Continuing Education: Contact the CE department for your program for the required information.