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Health and Safety Training: 7 Things to Know Before You Start

Apr 15, 2021 1:22:41 PM

Occupational health and safety (OHS) professionals are in hot demand these days. In the age of COVID, keeping people safe at work has never been so important.

So you're smart to be thinking about getting into the OHS field.

But before you sign up for a program, you need to understand some basic details about this training and career path.

That means things like what skills you need, what kinds of jobs you could get, and how much money you could make.

You should also understand your training options and how to choose a quality OHS program.

In this post, we cover all of that and more.

Here are 7 things you need to know before enrolling in health and safety training.

7 Animation Skills That Will Get You Hired (Even With No Experience)

Apr 6, 2021 12:22:44 PM

There's huge demand for 2D animators in Ottawa. Studios like Atomic Cartoons, Mercury Filmworks, and Big Jump Entertainment are constantly looking for new talent in the city.

In fact, some studios are having to send work overseas because they can't find enough qualified local animators.

"We're starving for talent" says Cory Morrison, co-founder of Big Jump. "And we're not the only ones. Several leading companies are having trouble filling positions."

The upside? Breaking into the animation industry has never been easier, particularly for newcomers with no experience.

The only catch is you need a specific set of skills to really capitalize on these job opportunities. Studios want new hires who don't need much training and can hit the ground running.

In this post, we'll walk you through the core skills and traits every Ottawa animation studio is looking for right now.

With these skills, you can get hired straight out of training, even if you don't have industry experience.

Why is There Huge Demand for Animation Program Grads in Ottawa?

Mar 31, 2021 11:43:18 AM

This week, we talked with the creator of Herzing's 2D Animation program, the amazingly talented (and generally awesome) A.J. Cote.

We wanted to learn about the alleged "job boom" for animators in Ottawa, and find out what's driving this trend.

A.J. has worked as an animator in Ottawa for decades, so he definitely has his finger on the pulse of hiring trends and the industry as a whole.

He also helped develop Herzing's animation program, which he says was designed to produce grads for local studios to hire.

In this interview, A.J. explains what's going on with Ottawa's animation scene, why there's a shortage of talent, and how Herzing is filling that gap.

Considering a career in animation? Here's what you need to know.

Should You Take Social Services Training? 6 Things to Consider

Mar 22, 2021 1:08:04 PM

Are you looking for a career where you can get involved in your community, help people in need, and create a more fair and just social system?

Welcome to the world of social work. Social work is all about human rights, social justice, and making sure everyone has access to opportunities and support.

There are many ways to start a career in this field. If you don't want to spend years in university earning a degree, you can pursue social services training at the college level.

For example, you can become a community services worker (CSW). It takes just 12 months to complete a CSW diploma.

Many programs include an internship, so you'll get real work experience at a community organization before you graduate.

But short training isn't the only thing to consider. It takes a special skillset to succeed in the social services field. Is it a good fit for you? How can you know for sure?

In this post, we'll guide you through some key questions to ask yourself.

Find out what to expect at work, what is involved in social services training, and whether this career makes sense for you.

Let's get started.

Meet Shannon: My Review of Herzing's Personal Support Worker Program

Mar 15, 2021 12:13:01 PM

Photo: Shannon McGrath in her personal support worker uniform

After working at Tim Hortons for 18 years, Shannon McGrath was ready for a change.

She wanted a job with more meaning. She wanted a career that felt challenging, where she could actually make people's lives better.

So, despite deep fears about returning to school, Shannon took a leap of faith and enrolled in the Personal Support Worker program at Herzing College Ottawa.

She struggled with a learning disability and battled with anxiety, but in the end, Shannon made it through.

In fact, she was so successful, she was offered a PSW job after her internship at Cité Parkway Retirement Residence, where she still works today.

We interviewed Shannon to get her review of the PSW program. We asked about her experience in class and how she feels about her new career.

Read on for the full story.

2D Animation Course at Herzing: What Can You Expect?

Mar 9, 2021 10:01:39 AM

Think you might want to pursue a career in 2D animation? Now is an excellent time to get started, especially in Ottawa.

There is so much animation work flowing through the city that studios can't find enough qualified people to meet production needs.

Some studios are so desperate for local talent that they are having to outsource work overseas.

That's why Herzing College created an accelerated 2D animation course. Our mission is to expand the local animation scene by producing skilled graduates who can fill those available studio jobs.

This program teaches the software and real animation skills you need to get hired - in just 12 months of training.

What makes Herzing's 2D animation course so unique? Here's what you can expect in class.

What is a Community Outreach Worker? Jobs, Salaries, Training

Mar 1, 2021 9:51:08 AM

Photo: Community outreach workers distributing Naloxone kits to homeless people

Are you drawn to a career in social services, but don't know what types of jobs are available in this field?

Or maybe you’re interested in becoming a community outreach worker, but need to know more about what the position involves.

You've come to the right place.

In this post, we'll break down exactly what a community outreach worker does, including the training, career options, and skills required for this position.

We'll also look at some recent job postings and salaries from the Ottawa area, so you can explore descriptions, employers, and typical pay for this work.

Get a complete overview of the profession, and see if becoming a community outreach worker is right for you.

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.

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.

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