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Network Security for Beginners: What It Is, Job Outlooks

Nov 12, 2021 9:16:23 AM

Network security is all about safeguarding computer networks against breaches and threats.

The idea is to keep unauthorized users from wreaking havoc on a business’s networks and the devices linked to them.

That’s a critically important function in today’s world. A secure network is fundamental to the operation of most modern organizations, including banks, insurance companies, retailers, educational institutions, healthcare facilities, and government agencies.

But before you can decide whether to pursue a career in network security, you need some more details about the field.

In this post, we explain what network security encompasses, how it’s in demand, what salaries are like, and how beginners can get started.

Here’s what you need to know.

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

Updated November 2022

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 physiotherapist 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.

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

Oct 6, 2021 2:45:44 PM

Updated November 2022

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 six 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.

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.

Turn Your OHS Diploma into a Degree at Columbia Southern University

Aug 17, 2021 12:53:59 PM

Students who complete the occupational health and safety (OHS) program at Herzing College now have an easier way to continue their training and earn a bachelor degree.

Herzing recently signed an articulation agreement with Columbia Southern University (CSU).

The agreement means that graduates of our OHS program can transfer 45 credits to CSU’s bachelor’s program in health and safety.

Our OHS grads are automatically accepted into CSU’s program and can earn their full degree in a shorter time.

To learn more about the new agreement and how it benefits Herzing students, we spoke with Dr. Joe Manjone. He’s the Assistant Provost for Special Programs at Columbia Southern University.

Read on to learn more about CSU and how you could turn your OHS diploma into a degree.

What Exactly Do You Learn in 2D Animation Training?

Jul 5, 2021 10:22:09 AM

Image credit: Megan Winters (Herzing College 2D Animation graduate)

It takes a special combination of skills to make cartoons come alive. That's what 2D animation training is all about.

Students develop both the technical expertise and practical skills to create compelling animations for movies, TV shows, websites, video games, and more.

They also learn how the entire production process works at an animation studio, so they can hit the ground running and become valuable team members, straight after graduation.

And this is the perfect time to get training. Many Ottawa animation companies are really struggling to find local talent. They're being forced to turn down projects or send work overseas because they can't find Ottawa animators to hire.

Thinking about starting a career in the animation industry? Wondering what to expect from 2D animation training?

Here's a good breakdown of what's covered in a quality program.

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