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How to Choose a Good Cybersecurity Diploma for Beginners: 6 Tips

Nov 1, 2021 12:44:37 PM

Few fields are as hot as cybersecurity.

The massive shift to remote work and online services during the pandemic has generated huge demand for IT security experts.

The Government of Canada Job Bank estimates that the country will be short thousands of systems analysts (including security analysts) over the next few years.

And these are high-paying roles, with a median salary of more than $80K.

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

But if you're completely new to IT, it can be challenging to choose the ideal training program (especially if you want to avoid a 4-year university degree).  What course should you choose?

In this post, we outline the top traits of a quality cybersecurity diploma. A diploma is a good alternative for people seeking comprehensive training that is much shorter than a degree.

Here's what to look for in a good cybersecurity diploma for beginners.

What Do Social Workers, CSWs, and PSWs Do?

Oct 28, 2021 11:28:50 AM

If you’re looking for a meaningful role that lets you help people who are struggling, a career as a social worker, community services worker (CSW), or personal support worker (PSW) could be the answer.

All three positions are about making sure vulnerable individuals get the support they need and the respect they deserve.

But what exactly do social workers, CSWs, and PSWS each do? How are the roles different, and how can you know which one would suit you best?

In this post, we explain how all three careers compare in terms of tasks, salaries, outlook, and training requirements.

4 Growing Healthcare Careers That Don’t Need a Degree

Oct 20, 2021 10:00:06 AM

The healthcare field is growing fast. And you don’t need a university degree to become part of it.

With short, streamlined training at the college level, you can qualify for several healthcare careers with promising outlooks across Ontario.

For instance, you could become a community services worker, medical office assistant, personal support worker, or pharmacy assistant.

All of those careers are generating new opportunities—and require only a college diploma to get started.

Read on to learn more about each role and see which one may be a good choice for you.

7 Most In-Demand Business Careers in Canada (Entry-Level)

Oct 6, 2021 2:45:44 PM

If you’re interested in working in business, you’re definitely not alone. Business-related programs are consistently among the most popular choices for students.

Much of the appeal stems from the wide variety of fast-growing, in-demand jobs—even for those just starting out.

Weighing your options for business careers? Wondering which entry-level roles are in high demand across Canada?

We’ve got you covered. In this post, we’re focusing on 7 entry-level business jobs that are trending up right now across the country.

Keep reading for details on what each role involves and what it takes to get started.

Top 10 Safety Officer Qualifications & Skills Employers Want

Sep 27, 2021 10:20:09 AM

When someone gets hurt at work, the consequences can be serious and wide-ranging.

The injured person can lose income and benefits. The organization loses an experienced worker and could face production slowdowns, fines, or higher insurance premiums. Company morale and reputation can also take a hit.

That’s why safety officers are so important. Their job is to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses by identifying risks, enforcing safety legislation, and making sure everyone follows the right procedures.

Thinking about becoming a safety officer? Wondering what it takes to get hired?

We spoke with industry experts and examined dozens of actual job postings to find out what safety officer skills employers are looking for.

Here’s what you need to get your career started.

Should You Become a Pharmacy Assistant? 6 Questions to Consider

Sep 20, 2021 1:01:12 PM

if you're looking for a quick healthcare training program, pharmacy assistant is a great option.

It's one of the shortest healthcare diplomas out there.

But before you jump in, it's really important to look at other factors besides length of training.

We're talking about key points like what the job involves, required skills, career outlook, and whether it's a good match for your interests and goals.

That's what this post is all about. Our goal is to help you figure out if becoming a pharmacy assistant is right for you.

Start by asking yourself these 6 questions.

5 Accounting Jobs That Don’t Require a Degree or CPA

Sep 20, 2021 10:47:44 AM

Interested in a career in the accounting field? Don’t want to spend years in university?

You have more options than you might think.

The truth is that there are a variety of accounting jobs that require neither a bachelor’s degree nor a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation.

In this post, we explore 5 entry-level accounting positions you can land with just a college diploma:

  • bookkeeper
  • accounts payable/receivable clerk
  • payroll clerk
  • tax preparer
  • collection clerk

Compare job duties and salaries to see if one of these accounting careers appeals to you.

Top 7 Paralegal Myths and Facts: Guide for New Students

Sep 8, 2021 11:56:51 AM

You may be aware that paralegals have a special status in Ontario.

Unlike their peers in other areas of Canada, paralegals in Ontario can earn a license and represent clients independently. They have a high degree of autonomy and a broad scope of practice.

But there are still a lot of myths and misconceptions about paralegal training, duties, and career options. Before you head down this path, you need to make sure you understand the facts about the profession.

In this post, we explain the reality behind 7 of the biggest myths about paralegals.

Read on to get a true picture of the role and see if it’s right for you.

CSW Diploma: Meet the Instructor, Explore the Program

Aug 27, 2021 11:55:53 AM

Photo: CSW instructor, Sabrina Bellefeuille at her home in Ottawa, Ontario

Becoming a community services worker (CSW) means dedicating yourself to helping vulnerable people overcome personal and social difficulties.

Sabrina Bellefeuille knows all about the realities, rewards, and challenges of a CSW career.

She’s a graduate of Herzing College’s CSW diploma program and has worked in mental health services for more than 14 years.

Recently, she came back to Herzing to teach the CSW program.

We spoke with Sabrina this week to learn what students can expect from the program and the community services field in general.

Read on to meet the instructor, explore the CSW program, and learn more about the career path.

How to Become an Animator (With Little or No Experience)

Aug 23, 2021 10:44:21 AM

Think you might want to become an animator? Concerned that a lack of experience will hold you back?

Not to worry. The need for animators in Ottawa is so great that there’s never been a better time for newcomers to break into the field.

Demand for animators is far outpacing supply. The shortage is so serious that some Ottawa animation studios are having to turn away work or send projects overseas because they simply can’t find enough local talent to hire.

So how can a total beginner take advantage of that demand?

In this post, we take you through the basic steps you can follow to become an animator, even if you have little or no experience.

Here’s how to position yourself for success in Ottawa’s hot animation job market.

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