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Interior Design Diploma vs Degree: What's the Big Difference?

Mar 3, 2021 9:46:23 AM

Interested in becoming an interior designer? You've probably noticed that there are plenty of training programs to choose from, at both the college and university level.

So how do you know which option is best for you? What's the difference between an interior design diploma and an interior design degree?

Both types of programs cover design concepts, technical skills, and industry software. Both typically offer internship opportunities to help students get real-world experience as part of their training.

But degree programs spend a lot more time on design theory while diploma programs are built around practical design skills.

Degree programs are longer and more in-depth; diploma programs are shorter and more streamlined.

In this post, we help you understand the big difference between interior design diplomas and degrees - so you can decide which one is right for you.

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.

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. 

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

Jan 11, 2021 2:31:41 PM

Updated May 2021,

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.

Choosing a Good Programmer Analyst Course: 5 Tips for Students

Dec 9, 2020 1:41:04 PM

When it comes to a field like programming, there are just so many training options out there! It can be totally overwhelming for new students to sort through it all and find the right course. 

You have online coding bootcamps, 4-year programming degrees, individual courses, and everything in between. Which course is right for you? How should you judge and compare each program? 

In the end, it all depends on what you want to learn and what job you want to get.   

Do you already have some coding skills, and are just looking to brush up on some new programming languages or frameworks? 

Or are you starting from scratch and need a comprehensive training program?

This post is geared more toward the second group—newcomers who need a solid foundation in programming plus some work experience to launch their careers. 

If this is you, you’ll need a quality program that teaches the fundamentals through hands-on training. 

We'll guide you through how to choose a good Programmer Analyst course. Find out what to look for, which questions to ask admissions, and what steps to take next. Let’s get started! 

Is Programmer Analyst a Good Career? Advice for New Students

Nov 27, 2020 2:26:21 PM

Quick summary: Find out if programmer analyst is the right career for you by exploring the role, salary, job outlook, training requirements, and advice from a recent graduate.

Figuring out if programmer analyst is a good career starts by looking closely at your own interests and priorities. 

How much do you already know about this role? How much information do you have on the training requirements and job outlook for programmers? 

And of course, do you have the natural strengths needed to succeed in the role? 

It doesn’t really matter what anyone else thinks. A career is ‘good’ if it feels challenging, rewarding, and worthwhile to you.  Does programmer analyst make the cut? 

Here are the most important points to consider when making your decision.

Which Interior Design Course Should You Choose? 6 Tips for Students

Nov 17, 2020 12:54:49 PM

Summary of this post: Find out what characteristics to look for in a quality Interior Design course. Learn how to compare programs and get a list of questions to ask admissions. We cover:

  1. Curriculum
  2. Internship
  3. Program length
  4. Graduate employment rates
  5. Career support services
  6. Reputation and reviews

This is such an exciting time to start a career in interior design. There are so many new software tools, tons of inspiring designers out there pushing boundaries, and a wide variety of job options in this field.

But let's take a step back. Your first priority is to find an Interior Design course that will actually get you hired.

There are many options out there, from DECs and AECs to Bachelor degrees in Interior Design.

This post is for people who want to bypass the theory and get straight to designing. So we'll be focusing on college Interior Design training, which is more practical and hands-on.

What Does a Programmer Analyst Do? Role, Jobs & Salary in Quebec

Nov 11, 2020 9:59:47 AM

What exactly is a programmer analyst? In the IT industry, job titles change just as quickly as technology develops. There's often confusion about who does what—and where responsibilities overlap.

Such is the case with "programmer analyst." Part software developer, part systems analyst, part IT support specialist: this role encompasses a broad skillset.

But it all boils down to this: programmers figure out what kinds of systems and applications a company needs, and then develop or customize solutions to meet those needs.

This work involves writing and testing code, researching software solutions, debugging and optimizing products, and training end-users.

Here's where things can get confusing. You will see job postings and training programs refer to this role by several other names, including:

  • software developer
  • applications programmer
  • systems programmer
  • database developer
  • web programmer

A skilled programmer analyst can qualify for all these roles. With the right training, they can be full-stack software developers, database programmers, testers/debuggers, and more.

Computer-Aided Design & Drafting Jobs: Career Options for New Grads

Oct 26, 2020 11:05:56 AM

Considering a career in computer-aided design (CAD) and drafting? Wondering about your job options after graduation? You've come to the right place.

There are several different career paths to choose from. CAD is a broad field, with applications in architecture, mechanical engineering and industrial design.

Some CAD training programs specialize in a certain area, such as architectural drafting. Other colleges offer combination programs that teach drafting software and skills in several domains.

The type of training you choose will determine your career options. 

Sustainable Architecture: 4 Amazing Examples of Green Buildings

Oct 20, 2020 3:17:39 PM

Museum of Tomorrow, a leading example of sustainable architecture in Rio de Janeiro

Updated May 2021.

Sustainable architecture is about building in a way that reduces harmful impact on the environment. Every aspect of the design and construction process reflects this goal.

From using renewable energy sources and materials, to respecting the local ecosystem: sustainable architecture is always seeking to minimize its ecological footprint.

Considering a career in this field?

You will be part of a powerful movement to design communities that exist in harmony with nature.

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