Paralegal vs. Lawyer: How the Roles Compare in Ontario

Mar 2, 2022 8:59:59 AM

Paralegals in Ontario have a special status that they don’t enjoy anywhere else in Canada. 

In this province, paralegals can actually represent clients independently (just like a lawyer does) for certain legal matters. 

They can set up a private practice, specialize in a certain area of law, and in some cases, advocate for clients in court. 

However, paralegals must operate within certain limits. They can’t do everything a lawyer can...and there are several important differences between these two career paths. 

Take a look at how the roles stack up so you can decide which one is best for you 

Going Back to School as an Adult? Overcoming 4 Common Concerns

Feb 28, 2022 9:04:56 AM

Does this sound familiar? You’ve been out of school for a (possibly long) while, you’re dissatisfied with the way things are, and you want to pursue additional training so you can get on a more meaningful path.

You know that enrolling in a college program is a great way to learn new skills and enhance your value in the job market. But something’s holding you back.

Going to college as a mature learner can seem intimidating, but thousands of people do it every year. According to government data, nearly one-quarter of students pursuing diplomas at Canadian colleges in 2019-2020 were over the age of 25.

In this post, we tackle the four biggest concerns shared by many adults just like you who are pondering going back to school.

Keep reading to see how you can overcome the obstacles and achieve your goals.

Top 10 Skills for Community Support Workers: Is This Career for You?

Feb 25, 2022 9:21:57 AM

Wondering if a career in social services is right for you? One of the best ways to figure that out is by looking at the skills you'll need to succeed on the job.

If those qualities match up with your profile and interests, chances are you're a good fit for the role.  And if they don't? You're probably better off in another career.

In this post, we're looking at what it takes to be an effective community support worker (CSW). We break down the top 10 characteristics, interests, and skills needed to really thrive in this job.

By the end, you'll know if a CSW career makes sense for you, and exactly how to get started.

5 Ways the Pandemic is Changing Home Design

Feb 23, 2022 9:16:06 AM

When the pandemic forced people to move most of their lives to their homes, it also caused them to rethink how those homes were designed.

The home suddenly became the setting for many functions that people used to do out in the world—work, school, exercise, and so on. People are expecting much more from the spaces they live in, and that’s changing the way they want those spaces built.

Will they be long-lasting changes? Only time will tell.

But moving forward, we expect home designers to place more emphasis on these five things.

What Makes a Good Tech Support Analyst? 6 Essential Helpdesk Skills

Feb 18, 2022 9:09:17 AM

Aiming to break into the IT field as a technical support specialist? Right now is a great time to do so.

Business Admin vs. Business Management: Which Diploma Should You Get?

Feb 16, 2022 9:20:31 AM

On the surface, business administration and business management seem really similar. Courses for these two diplomas often overlap, and employment options appear very much alike.

But if you look closer, there can be distinct differences between these two training and career paths—in terms of what you'll be studying in school, your future job goals, and your business skill set.

Which diploma should you choose? It really depends on what you envision yourself doing post-graduation.

4 In-Demand Jobs You Can Do Remotely (And Train For Online)

Feb 14, 2022 9:17:26 AM

Is the flexibility of remote work appealing to you? If so, you’re in good company.

In a survey of Canadian workers who went remote during the pandemic, 80 per cent said they hoped to continue working from home at least half the time.

Fortunately, there are several career paths that offer both remote work possibilities and strong demand.

Even better: in many cases, you can also get the training you need without having to leave home.

In this post, we’re focusing on four careers that made Randstad’s list of the best remote jobs in Canada, and that you can train for online in a relatively short time.

Keep reading to compare job duties, salaries, and employment outlooks for each role and see if one of them is right for you.

How Do You Become a Payroll Compliance Practitioner & Is It Worth It?

Feb 11, 2022 9:09:48 AM

In the accounting field, professional certifications are an excellent way to compete for better jobs and advance your career. 

Financial Aid: How to Get Help Paying for College in Canada

Feb 9, 2022 9:09:05 AM

It’s true that going to college is an investment in your future. But finding the money to pay for it can be a real challenge.

Fortunately, there are several ways to get help with your costs via scholarships, loans, grants, etc. There are even specific funding sources for Canadian adults who have been out of school for a while and are looking to develop new skills through a college program.

In this post, we break down the different financial aid options to help you understand how they work and whether they’re right for you.

Here’s what you need to know.

Do You Need a Degree to Work in Cybersecurity?

Feb 7, 2022 9:13:17 AM

The need for skilled cybersecurity professionals is already huge. And it's getting bigger.

It's estimated that upwards of 38 billion devices around the world will be internet-connected by 2025.

And with more of us working remotely and relying on online services for everything from grocery deliveries to medical consultations, people who can keep those systems secure will find their skills in ever-greater demand.

But is a university degree necessary to get started in cybersecurity?

The short answer is no. Many job postings do call for a degree, but that doesn't necessarily mean you can't land those roles without one.

In many cases, employers are more interested in what you can do rather than what credentials you hold. It's more about proving your skills on the job rather than in the classroom.

Exactly what skills do you need and what are employers looking for? Here's what you need to know.

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