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5 Ways Personal Support Worker is the Most Meaningful Job in Healthcare

Oct 23, 2018 1:26:47 PM

We've all heard the news and read the stats. Canada's health care system is stretched to the limit. We don't have enough long-term care beds, there aren't enough medical professionals, and we don't know how we'll care for our growing population of seniors.

It's no surprise that in the middle of this challenge, we've seen demand for personal support workers sky-rocket.

4 Ways Community Services Workers Change & Save Lives

Oct 10, 2018 4:51:33 PM

Community services workers (CSWs) help people dealing with serious personal and social problems. But this career is about so much more than that.

CSWs work with some of the most neglected, forgotten, and stigmatized people in our society.

From teens dealing with addiction, to homeless populations, to battered women, to ex-offenders: community services workers are trained to offer compassionate, practical, hands-on support where it's needed most.

There is no doubt that this work is challenging. But it's also incredibly rewarding and inspiring. Right on the front-lines of our neighborhoods, CSWs literally change and save lives on a daily basis.

What Does it Take to Run a Successful Paralegal Practice After College?

Sep 12, 2018 10:54:56 AM

If you have an interest in law, but can't see yourself spending several years becoming a lawyer, you should consider paralegal college.

After only 12 months of study, including a 4-week internship, you'll be qualified to write the licensing exam and begin your career.

Paralegals in Ontario have a special status not available in other provinces, which allows them to represent clients in small claims court and before certain tribunals.

Computer Networking Careers: What is a Network Security Specialist?

Sep 4, 2018 8:18:23 AM

Updated January, 2021.

There are so many computer networking skills that are in very high demand right now. Network analysis and optimization is big, and so is virtualization, data storage, and hybrid cloud management (just to name a few).

But there is one area of expertise that outranks all others in terms of demand—and that's network security.

There is a well-documented, worldwide shortage of cyber security professionals. According to the Cybersecurity Jobs Report 2018-2021, we'll have 3.5 million unfilled cyber security positions across the globe over the next 5 years.

These jobs are not concentrated in any particular country, either. Numerous regions are feeling threatened by intensifying hacker attacks and data leaks—and a serious lack of specialists available to offer solutions.

Countries with the biggest security skills shortages include Israel, Canada, the US, Australia, India, Japan, Mexico, and parts of Europe.

This research matches what individual companies are saying about their networking needs.

In the 2018 State of Infrastructure Report, 60% of polled companies said network security was one of their biggest challenges right now—and highest priority for spending.

So let's say you've looked into computer networking careers, and you're particularly intrigued by the growing opportunities for security specialists.

Here are a few things to know about getting started in this field after college.

How to Earn Your First Business Management Promotion After College

Aug 22, 2018 1:53:51 PM

Look ahead, a year or two into the future. You've completed business management college and landed your first job. Let's say you're at a small business or medium-sized company, working in an administrative position.

What to Expect from Paralegal Training in Ontario

Aug 8, 2018 10:23:48 AM

Photo: Paralegal students at Herzing College in Ottawa pose for a class photo

Updated February 2021.

Licensed paralegals in Ontario have a lot more power, work options, and opportunities than their peers in other parts of the country.

If you become a licensed paralegal in Ontario, you'll be allowed to represent clients in small claims court, and before certain tribunals (such as the Human Rights, Landlord and Tenant, Immigration and Refugee, and Workplace Safety tribunals).

Or, you could pursue a paralegal job in government, and work at a courthouse, with a lobby group, or for a provincial or federal department (like the Department of Justice).

4 Popular Career Options After Community Services Worker Training

Jul 16, 2018 5:28:03 PM

A group of Community Services Worker students at Herzing College Ottawa

What will your life look like after community services worker (CSW) training? Where will you work, and who will you work with?

This is, obviously, a key question for anyone considering a career in community services.

Our goal in this post is to give you a clearer idea of your options and opportunities as a freshly graduated CSW.

Should You Become a Community Service Worker? Advice for New Students

Jun 25, 2018 7:11:43 PM

Updated December, 2020

What's drawing you to a career in social work?

Some of our students have experienced the Canadian community services system first-hand—and are inspired to pay forward the help they received.

Others feel a strong sense of social justice, and want a career that focuses on improving the society we live in.

And we often train students who have a particular goal in mind—like working specifically with neglected children, mothers escaping domestic abuse, or new immigrants who need help adjusting to life in Canada.

If you're not totally sure which career path you would choose, or if community services worker training is right for you, take a few minutes to think about your mindset, motivations, and professional goals.

By the end of this post, you'll have a much clearer idea of whether you should pursue training (plus some handy links and steps for what to do next).

7 Skills Every Network Technician Needs to Land (& Keep) a Great Job

Jun 22, 2018 4:48:53 PM

Have you seen the latest job outlook for computer networking careers? So many of these occupations are booming right now, as we move further and further into digital dependency.

There are very few businesses who don't rely on computers—and specifically, computer network technology—for everyday operations.

From governments to private corporations, start-ups to medium-sized businesses: networking is the new normal.

The problem is, as our digital networks grow more complex, they become much harder to setup, maintain, protect, and enhance.

Working at a Halfway House After Community Services Worker Training

May 28, 2018 3:24:30 PM

What happens to someone who has served time in prison, and gets released back into the community?

How do they find a job and a place to live? Who can they turn to for support, to get their life back on track, and start building a better future for themselves?

In many cases, ex-offenders find that support at a halfway house. Like the name suggests, a halfway house is a bridge between prison and the outside world—a place that is "halfway" between incarceration and the free community.

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