My Review of Herzing's Sustainable Architecture Program

Jan 29, 2021 3:38:00 PM

Updated January 2021.

Think you might want a career in architectural design, but have no real idea what training involves—or what it means to study "sustainable" architecture?

You're not so different from Robbie Hart. Robbie was a carpenter for 15 years before heading back to school to study sustainable architecture at Herzing College Montreal.

When he first started, he knew very little about eco-friendly design and had no drafting experience. Robbie understood the building process, but he'd never created technical drawings or used CAD software.

Now, just 6 months after graduation, he has built a successful freelance career as an architectural technician. Robbie is currently working for several companies, including McGee & Associes Inc. in Beaconsfield, Quebec. 

What Exactly is Architectural Drafting & Is This Career Path Right For You?

Jan 29, 2021 3:17:46 PM

If you're naturally interested in architecture, the building process, and creative design, you may be considering a career as a draftsperson for an architecture or design firm.

What exactly does an architectural draftsperson do, who do they work with, and what kind of training do you need to get started in this field?

There's the university pathway, which could include an undergraduate degree in architecture or interior design.

Or, there's the college diploma route, which prepares students to serve as architectural technicians, who assist architects, engineers, and designers on building projects.

In this post, we'll break down the typical responsibilities of an architectural draftsperson/technician.

We'll also outline possible career paths after college - and a few things to consider if you're considering training in this field.

Pros and Cons of a Career in Workplace Health and Safety

Jan 29, 2021 1:58:18 PM

A career in workplace health and safety can be incredibly rewarding.

This field focuses on preventing accidents and injuries on job sites, which is valuable and meaningful work.

Plus, the health and safety industry is growing fast and offers a wide variety of job opportunities.

But like any career, working in health and safety comes with challenges and downsides. What should you know in advance, before you start down this path?

In this post, we break down the most common pros and cons of a career in workplace health and safety.

We'll give you a clearer understanding of what this role is about, so you can decide if it's right for you. Let's get started.

What Does a Network Administrator Do? Main Tasks and Responsibilities

Jan 27, 2021 10:41:32 AM

Organizations in every industry rely on computer networks.

Businesses, hospitals, schools and government agencies (just to name a few) use networking technology to share information and resources every single day.

Computer networks are systems connected by cables (wired) or WiFi (wireless). Networks are built using hardware and software and in different configurations depending on the needs of the users.

This includes both LANs (local area network) and WANs (wide area networks). 

When an organization uses a computer network, they also require someone to maintain, protect, update and troubleshoot it. That’s where network administrators come in. 

In this post, we’ll explore the main skills and responsibilities of a network administrator. Find out exactly what a network administrator does and the skills you'll need to get hired.

From Stock Boy to President: Meet Accounting and Payroll Graduate, Gleason Uppahuak

Jan 26, 2021 11:22:23 AM

Photo: Gleason Uppahuak in Winnipeg, Manitoba

Gleason Uppahuak started his career at age 13 as a stock boy.

Even then, he understood the value of learning and hard work. He moved slowly up the ranks from the stock room to the customer service team, and finally to the accounting department.

At that point, he reached the limit of skills he could learn on-the-job. Gleason needed professional training in accounting and payroll software, regulations, reports, and financial management.

Going back to school was a natural progression for him. "Education is the key to professional and personal success," says Gleason. "Plus, I always loved math classes at school."

But even Gleason couldn't predict just how far accounting training and a talent for numbers would take him. 

Since graduating from Herzing in 2019, he's managed an entire social housing project and become President of Kivalliq Development Corporation.

From stock boy to president, Gleason is living proof of the power of education.

We interviewed him this week to learn more about his new role, and get his opinion of Herzing's Accounting and Payroll program. Here are the highlights of our conversation.

Is Interior Design a Good Career? Pros, Cons, Advice for Students

Jan 22, 2021 2:44:27 PM

Photo: Interior design team discusses design plans for a bathroom project

So, you’re thinking of becoming an interior designer and you’re wondering what it’s really like to work in this field. 

The good news is you’re already asking the right questions. Getting a realistic idea of life at work is crucial when choosing a career path. And you need this information before you invest in training. 

Let’s face it, no job is perfect. There are always ups and down, benefits and challenges. Interior design is no exception! 

Knowing what to expect (the good and the bad) will help you decide if interior design is your true calling—or if you’re better off pursuing something else. 

So, let’s get down to it. These are the most common pros and cons of becoming an interior designer.  

Take a look, consider your goals, and decide if this career is right for you. 

Office Assistant Jobs and Salaries: What Are Your Options?

Jan 21, 2021 10:07:18 AM

Office assistants are an integral part of most companies. They assist with day-to-day operations, deal with the public, and support upper level executives.

Without office assistants, organizations simply wouldn’t run smoothly. So, it’s no surprise that office assistant jobs are in-demand across Canada.

We did a search for ‘administrative assistant’ in the Government of Canada Job Bank and found more than 1,600 listings.

And administrative assistant is just one of many jobs available for people trained in the right office skills.

In this post, we’ll explore four different office assistant jobs. We’ll break down each role, responsibilities, and the average salary for each position in Winnipeg.

At the end of the post, we'll cover training requirements to become an office assistant and links to learn more. Let's get started.

Accounting vs Business Administration: Which Diploma to Choose?

Jan 20, 2021 10:35:20 AM

There are many types of business diploma programs out there. A major hub like Toronto has enough business colleges and business programs to make your head spin. 

Just sorting through all the options can seem like a massive task. And then you’re faced with an even bigger question: which type of business diploma should I choose? 

There are certificates and diplomas in business management, business marketing, human resources, project management, occupational health and safety, and supply chain management (just to name a few!) 

At Herzing College Toronto, we offer four different business-related diploma programs.  

But in this post, we’re focusing on the difference between Business Administration and Accounting and Payroll Administration.

If you’ve landed on this page, you’re probably torn between these two diplomas and need some help to make a decision.  

We’ll break down key differences between these programs, and important points to consider when deciding which path to choose.

By the end of this post, you’ll know what step to take next.

Community Service Worker Careers: Explore CSW Job Options

Jan 18, 2021 12:47:11 PM

Photo: Community Services Worker students and instructor at Herzing College Ottawa (2019)

Community services workers (CSWs) play a very important role in society.

They work directly with vulnerable people who need immediate support, including at-risk youth, survivors of domestic abuse, refugees and people suffering from addiction and mental health issues.

Community services workers connect people with resources, provide counselling, and arrange treatment programs depending on each person’s needs.

It can be an incredibly rewarding career path for anyone looking to work with others and help address social issues.

Without the support of community services workers, many at-risk people would have nowhere to turn for help. CSWs make a real difference in the community.

Interested in this career?

In this post, we’ll show you six examples of community services worker jobs along with descriptions of each position.

These are the jobs our own CSW graduates are often hired to fill.

Learn exactly what makes this a rewarding career and the training you’ll need to get there.

Early Childhood Education: What Jobs Can You Get With a Diploma?

Jan 11, 2021 2:31:41 PM

In Canada, the term early childhood education refers to the education of children 12 years and under. 

The field includes children at the pre-school and elementary school level.

These are the most crucial years of human development. During the first 5 years, children reach many physicalcognitive, emotional, and social development milestones. 

This is why early childhood educators play such an important role in our academic system and society.

ECEs are a child’s first teachers outside of the home. They help lay the foundation for a child’s wellbeing and success in school and in life.

So, what exactly are your career options as an early childhood educator? Where can a college diploma in this field take you? 

You have more options than you might think. Here are four different positions you will qualify for with a college diploma in early childhood education.