Health and Safety Training: Diploma Versus Degree

Feb 25, 2021 1:28:52 PM

Photo: Health and safety officers conduct a workplace inspection to ensure OHS regulations are being followed

Occupational health and safety (OHS) training focuses on keeping people safe on the job. Students learn how to conduct assessments and develop policies to make sure work environments are safe and healthy.

OHS expert and Herzing instructor Andrew Pugachev says the job involves identifying and avoiding problems.

"Occupational health and safety officers inspect workplaces for health hazards and develop strategies to control risk. They make sure management is following health and safety laws, investigate accidents, injuries, and complaints—and create programs to ensure continuous improvement."

 

An increased focus on workplace safety means more employment opportunities are opening up in this field. A government report indicates employment growth in this sector in many parts of Canada.

So the job opportunities are out there. But if you're looking to take advantage of them, it's important to understand the different health and safety training options so you can choose the path that's best for you.

This post explains the similarities and differences between OHS degrees and diplomas. It also describes some key factors you should consider when making your choice.

Cybersecurity Careers: Entry-level Job Options and Salaries

Feb 22, 2021 12:51:02 PM

Most people already know there is a global shortage of qualified cybersecurity professionals. 

We know this because every month brings new reports of massive cyber attacks at companies big and small.  

If powerful organizations like Microsoft, NASA, and Adobe can’t stay ahead of the hackers, we must be in serious trouble! 

The problem is lack of talent. Many IT security jobs sit vacant because employers can’t find candidates with the right skillset. 

Cyber threats are evolving so quickly, we simply aren’t producing enough experts to keep up with demand. 

This begs the question: what kinds of cybersecurity jobs are out there? What career paths can you pursue if you’re just starting out? 

In this post, we’re looking at some typical entry-level to mid-career job options. 

Compare job titles, responsibilities, and salaries for each role. Get a good overview of the industry and get your cybersecurity career started. 

Health and Safety Program: Meet the Instructor, Explore the Training

Feb 18, 2021 10:07:04 AM

Andrew Pugachev, Occupational Health & Safety instructor, Herzing College Winnipeg

In 2017, almost 1000 Canadians died on the job. That's an increase of 46 people from the previous year.  And 23 of those workers were very young—between the ages of 15-24 (Association of Workers' Compensation Boards of Canada)

Earlier this year, the CBC reported that these numbers don't even come close to reflecting the true extent of work-related deaths in Canada.

The CBC cites a new study called Work-related Deaths in Canada, which reveals those stats from the Worker's Compensation Boards only include approved compensation claims.

The study authors estimate the "true number of workplace deaths are 10 times greater than official numbers."

So, what are we doing to reduce these fatalities, and other job-related illnesses and injuries?

Enter Andrew Pugachev: expert in workplace safety, and instructor for Herzing's Occupational Health and Safety Officer program.

15-month Programming Training: Meet the Instructor, Explore the Course

Feb 16, 2021 1:51:51 PM

Photo: Nima Tahriri, Programming instructor at Herzing College Montreal

If you're considering programming training, you might be a bit overwhelmed with all the courses and programs out there.

There are hundreds of bootcamps, diplomas, certificates, and degrees in software development and programming.

Options seem to swing from short crash-courses to 4-year university degrees - with not much in the middle.

Several years ago, Herzing College Montreal launched an alternative. It's a 15-month programming course that delivers comprehensive training in just over one year of study.

This week we interviewed the instructor, Nima Tahriri, an experienced programmer who studied coding in university and actually took Herzing's course back in 2018.

Nima explains why this training is so unique, what to expect in class, career options, and more.

Meet the teacher, explore the course, and see if programming is right for you.

How to Choose a Good Community Support Worker Course: Tips & Advice

Feb 15, 2021 11:21:27 AM

Image: Volunteering and hands-on training are core components of a quality CSW course

Planning to become a community support worker (CSW)? You're on track to a rewarding career with many different job options.

Community services is a challenging, diverse, and quickly growing field. CSWs work in front-line roles, supporting vulnerable populations and helping people lead healthier more independent lives.

So how do  you get started?

Your first step is find a quality community support worker course. There are quite a few colleges across Manitoba that offer this program. How do you know which one to choose?

While you should certainly take the time to do your own research, there are a few key factors that every good community support worker course should offer.

In this post, we outline all the features you should look for when researching CSW training options.

After reading, you will be much better prepared to find a great program to launch your career.

Meet Megan: My Experience in Herzing's 2D Animation Course

Feb 12, 2021 1:46:36 PM

Photo: Megan Winters, 2D animation graduate, Herzing College Ottawa

 

Wondering what it's like to take an 2D animation course? Have questions about breaking into the animation industry?

Megan Winters is the perfect person to talk to.

She got into 2D animation a bit later in life, after putting several years into an office job. She tried out some different animation schools but struggled to find the right fit.

She even landed a few animation gigs, but needed more advanced software skills to really get her career off the ground.

Fast-forward a few years and Megan's just about finished the 2D animation course at Herzing. The best part? She has already been hired by a major Ottawa animation studio.

We interviewed Megan to get her opinion of the 2D program, and learn more about her career plans after graduation.

Find out what to expect in class and if this training might be right for you.

How to Choose a Good OHS Diploma Program: 6 Tips for New Students

Feb 12, 2021 10:47:28 AM

Considering becoming an occupational health and safety officer? OHS professionals play a key role in preventing workplace accidents, injuries, and deaths. 

Every employer in Canada must follow health and safety laws to ensure workers are protected while performing their duties.

This includes everything from physical safety to environmental issues, emergency procedures, and emotional well-being.

Health and safety officers help enforce these laws by performing audits and inspections. They also work closely with companies to reduce risks, deliver safety training, and investigate accidents. 

If you want to work in this field, you need comprehensive OHS training that leads to national certification. 

Your first step? Selecting a quality OHS diploma program.

In this post, we'll walk you through 6 key features of a trustworthy OHS program.

Training that includes these attributes will put you on track to a successful career in workplace health and safety.

Paralegal Training at Herzing: Meet the Instructor, Tour the Program

Feb 11, 2021 11:57:51 AM

Photo: Ilya Medovikov, Paralegal program instructor at Herzing College Ottawa

Considering becoming a paralegal and have questions about training and careers? You've come to the right place.

This week, we interviewed Ilya Medovikov, Crown attorney for the government of Canada and Paralegal instructor at Herzing College.

We asked Ilya to give us a tour of the program, and answer some of the frequently asked questions we get from applicants.

He shared some excellent career advice, plus a detailed inside-look at the classroom experience at Herzing.

Read on to meet the instructor, find out what to expect in class, and see if Paralegal training is right for you.

Accelerated Computer Networking Course: What to Expect in Class

Feb 9, 2021 12:41:10 PM

If you've landed here, you are considering a career in computer networking and looking for a quality training program.

Demand for network technicians and administrators is steady across Canada and salaries in this field are quite competitive.

Investing in this growing job market makes sense, so you're on the right track.

The downside? There are countless computer networking courses out there. And many certifications to choose from.

There are degree programs, diplomas, bootcamps, certificates, and more.

Where should you put your tuition dollars, time and energy? It all comes down to your priorities.

If you're looking for an alternative to a 4-year university degree, a college diploma program could be the way to go.

At Herzing College Montreal, we offer an accelerated computer networking course. It's designed for people who want a faster route to employment, without sacrificing any essential skills.

In this post, we'll guide you through what to expect in class, so you can decide if this program is right for you.

What is a Paralegal? Job Description, Careers, Training Requirements

Feb 4, 2021 9:58:00 AM

The first thing to know about paralegals is that the job description varies depending on where you live—and whether you are licensed.  

In Ontario, paralegals can pass a licensing exam that allows them to represent clients independently (like a lawyer) for certain legal matters. 

Ontario is one of the few regions in Canada where paralegals have this option.

A licensed paralegal in Ontario can start their own private legal practice. They can represent clients in small claims court, traffic court, tribunals and for certain criminal matters. 

In other parts of Canada, paralegals do not have the option to obtain a license and operate independently. Instead, their role is to support lawyers—as legal assistants or law clerks. 

Ontario paralegals have a choice. They can decide to get licensed and represent clients independently. Or, they can become legal assistants (which does not require a license).  It all depends on your career goals. 

In this post, we’ll walk you through the job descriptions of licensed paralegals and legal assistants, and the training required to get started in this field.