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What Is Computer Networking and Is It a Good Career?

Jan 31, 2022 9:08:59 AM

What exactly is computer networking? The term itself is broad because it is used to describe a number of devices and systems in various configurations and sizes.

The industry also includes many different career paths. 

Organizations of all kinds rely on computer networks, from schools and hospitals to businesses and government agencies.

In this post, we’ll explore typical jobs in this field, pros and cons of a career in computer networking, and the latest job outlook and salary information for networking professionals in Canada.

By the end, you’ll know what computer networking is all about and whether it’s a good career choice for you.

4 Popular Health and Safety Certifications for People Without Degrees

Jan 24, 2022 9:15:06 AM

In the occupational health and safety (OHS) field, getting certified by a respected organization proves your skills and opens up more job opportunities.

But navigating all the different credentials available in Canada can be really challenging.

If you’re considering alternatives to a four-year health and safety degree, you may be looking into college-level health and safety programs. In this case, understanding your path to certification is crucial. 

How Community Services Workers Handle a Crisis: 7 Key Steps

Jan 13, 2022 1:36:21 PM

Working with at-risk populations is central to community service work.

CSWs are trained to support people dealing with serious life challenges, which may include addictions, mental health disorders, cases of domestic violence, and other, high-stress situations that sometimes lead to acute crises.

Meet Amanda: How the CSW Program Helped Me Find My Calling

Jan 12, 2022 10:27:18 AM

After years of working various retail jobs and then staying home to raise her three kids, Amanda Gauthier decided it was time to get some career training.

She had no post-secondary education and was nervous about going back to school in her 30s. She also struggled with “mom guilt” for taking on this new challenge while her children were still very little. Her youngest was not even school age yet.

But she was passionate about helping people and ready to pursue a new path. So she took the plunge and enrolled in the Community Services Worker program at Herzing College.

It was a decision that changed her life.

We spoke with Amanda recently to learn about her experience with the course, the instructor, and the internship.

Here are the highlights of our conversation.

5 of the Fastest-Growing Healthcare Jobs You Can Get Without a Degree

Jan 6, 2022 11:49:16 AM

If you’re hoping for an in-demand job in health care but don’t want to spend four-plus years in university, we have some good news.

Many of the fastest-growing roles in Canada’s healthcare system require no more than a college certificate or diploma.

So which ones show the most promise, you ask?

To find out, we looked at data from the Labour Market Information Council (LMIC). That revealed which healthcare jobs had the highest rates of growth during 2021, as measured by the percentage increase in the number of online job postings compared to the previous year.

Then we narrowed the list down to those careers that don’t require a degree.

To help you even more, we collected national and regional salary information for each of those careers, as noted by the Government of Canada Job Bank.

Keep reading to discover five of the hottest healthcare careers in the country right now.

Meet Kris: My Review of Herzing’s Computer Networking Tech Program

Dec 23, 2021 9:26:56 AM

When Kris Wattie was finishing high school, he didn’t really know what he wanted to do with his life.

He did know that he enjoyed gaming. He got very involved in the gaming community, and a game server owner gave him a chance to start learning about the administration aspect.

That inspired him to pursue a career in network administration. But first he needed some quality training.

Kris looked around for a course that reflected his learning style. He wanted a program that would let him explore one topic fully before moving on to the next.

He found it in the Computer Networking Technology program at Herzing College.

Kris successfully completed the program—and landed a job as an IT administrator at Novotech!

We caught up with him recently to get his take on the course, the staff, and his experiences during training.

Here’s his story.

Meet Marina: My Experience in the Community Services Worker Program

Dec 21, 2021 9:16:44 AM

Marina Denisova always knew she wanted to help people change their lives for the better.

She completed graduate studies in social work in her native Russia. But when she came to Canada, she knew she needed additional training.

She needed to build on her English language skills and learn about the social programs and systems that were in place in this country.

That’s what led her to enrol in the Community Services Worker (CSW) program at Herzing.

Marina graduated from the program and is now an ECE assistant with the Ottawa Catholic School Board.

We spoke with her recently to get her thoughts on the CSW course, the instructor, and the overall Herzing experience.

Here’s what she had to say.

2D Animation Training: What You'll Get From a Quality Diploma Program

Dec 16, 2021 9:52:04 AM

If you'd love to turn your passion for 2D animation into a real career, you've got a few different training options to choose from, to help you break into the industry.

In an innovative, technology-driven field like animation, the quality of the training you get will definitely impact your skill level, confidence, and job options—so it's crucial to get this step right.

There are university degrees in animation, a slew of free online courses, various certificates—and at the college level, diploma programs in 2D animation. Which option makes the most sense for you?

Should You Become a Medical Office Administrator? Pros & Cons

Dec 10, 2021 9:46:19 AM

Eager to play an essential part in helping hospitals and clinics run smoothly? Medical office administration might be the field for you.

Medical office administrators (MOAs) are the friendly faces at the front desk.

They do everything from greeting patients, updating files, and scheduling appointments to processing billing, preparing exam rooms, and collecting lab results.

It’s vital work that really has an impact.

But every job has both advantages and drawbacks. And it’s important to understand the full picture before committing to a career path.

In this post, we take you through the major pros and cons of becoming a medical office administrator.

Learn what to expect and see if this role is a good fit for you.

What to Look For in a Solid Computer Networking Program

Nov 17, 2021 2:10:01 PM

So you're considering an IT career, and leaning toward training as a computer network technician or administrator.

Demand for networking specialists is fairly consistent across Canada, and starting salaries in this field are quite competitive. A healthy job market makes investing in this training path a smart move—provided you choose the right program.

With so many IT training options out there, both off and online, it can be extremely challenging for students to know which institutions to trust. Where should you put your tuition dollars, your time, and your energy?

Start by considering the hallmarks of effective career training. Evaluate the computer networking programs you're considering against these 6 key criteria—and you'll find the ideal program for you.

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