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2D Animation Careers: Where Do Animators Get Hired?

Jun 21, 2021 10:21:11 AM

If you're considering a career in 2D animation, you're probably wondering about your job options after training.

Where can you get hired straight out of school?

Many people think 2D animators only work in film or television. But there are definitely other career paths you can pursue with quality training and a strong portfolio.

In this post, we'll walk you through 3 popular 2D animation careers, with a spotlight on Ottawa employers and job opportunities.

What kinds of opportunities are available for talented, ambitious 2D animators? Let's take a look.

Is Animation a Good Career? Pros, Cons, Advice

Jun 16, 2021 10:30:11 AM

You probably already know what an animation career is all about: bringing characters and stories to life in films, TV shows, video games, and more.

But do you know what life on the job is really like?

No job is perfect. Before you embark on an animation career, you need to have a full understanding of what to expect—both the good and the bad.

In this post, we take you through the pros and cons of becoming an animator and provide valuable advice from industry insiders.

Get a realistic picture of the role and see if it's a good choice for you.

What Exactly Does a Personal Support Worker (PSW) Do?

Jun 8, 2021 11:44:00 AM

Personal support workers (PSWs) play a crucial role in helping vulnerable people live their best lives. They usually work with seniors who need extra support with daily living tasks.

PSWs work in nursing homes, long-term care facilities, retirement residences, hospitals, and for companies that deliver support to seniors in their own homes.

Personal support workers help clients maintain their dignity, stay safe, and remain as independent as possible.

Demand for personal support workers is higher than ever in Ontario and across Canada.

The need is so great that the Ontario government is investing tens of millions of dollars to train thousands of new PSWs.

Wondering if this career path is right for you? Want to know what you'd be doing at work?

In this post, we take you through the day-to-day duties of personal support workers and explain their role in client care.

Find out what becoming a PSW is all about, and if this occupation is your true calling.

Health and Safety Officer Training: What Will You Learn in Class?

May 18, 2021 9:31:34 AM

The goal of health and safety officer training is to produce graduates who know how to keep people safe in the workplace.

Occupational health and safety officers are responsible for inspecting work sites and making sure regulations are followed.

They help develop health and safety procedures, deliver training, and follow up on claims and complaints.

A good training program will prepare you to handle all of those challenges.

But what can you expect in class? What will you actually learn?

In this post, we detail the top 5 core skills covered in a quality health and safety officer training program.

Should You Take an Accounting and Payroll Program? 4 Ways to Find Out

Apr 30, 2021 12:00:57 PM

Effective accounting and payroll is at the heart of every successful businesses, big or small.

From ensuring employees get paid on time, to helping guide financial decisions at the highest level, great bookkeepers will always be in demand.

But before you start accounting and payroll training, make sure you have the right natural strengths to succeed at work.

In addition to a genuine interest in numbers and bookkeeping, you need certain basic skills and qualities to excel in this role.

Ask yourself the following four questions. If you answer "yes" to each one, an accounting and payroll program could definitely be a good fit.

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.

Huge Demand for Animation Program Grads in Ottawa

Mar 31, 2021 11:43:18 AM

Photo: A.J. Cote (right) with Big Jump co-founder Cory Morrison (left) in an interview with CTV News about the Ottawa animation industry.

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 PSW 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.

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