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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.

2D Animation Course at Herzing: What Can You Expect?

Mar 9, 2021 10:01:39 AM

Think you might want to pursue a career in 2D animation? Now is an excellent time to get started, especially in Ottawa.

There is so much animation work flowing through the city that studios can't find enough qualified people to meet production needs.

Some studios are so desperate for local talent that they are having to outsource work overseas.

That's why Herzing College created an accelerated 2D animation course. Our mission is to expand the local animation scene by producing skilled graduates who can fill those available studio jobs.

This program teaches the software and real animation skills you need to get hired - in just 12 months of training.

What makes Herzing's 2D animation course so unique? Here's what you can expect in class.

What is a Community Outreach Worker? Jobs, Salaries, Training

Mar 1, 2021 9:51:08 AM

Photo: Community outreach workers distributing Naloxone kits to homeless people

Are you drawn to a career in social services, but don't know what types of jobs are available in this field?

Or maybe you’re interested in becoming a community outreach worker, but need to know more about what the position involves.

You've come to the right place.

In this post, we'll break down exactly what a community outreach worker does, including the training, career options, and skills required for this position.

We'll also look at some recent job postings and salaries from the Ottawa area, so you can explore descriptions, employers, and typical pay for this work.

Get a complete overview of the profession, and see if becoming a community outreach worker is right for you.

Health and Safety Training: Diploma Versus Degree

Feb 25, 2021 1:28:52 PM

Photo: Health and safety officers conduct a workplace inspection to ensure OHS regulations are being followed

Occupational health and safety (OHS) training focuses on keeping people safe on the job. Students learn how to conduct assessments and develop policies to make sure work environments are safe and healthy.

OHS expert and Herzing instructor Andrew Pugachev says the job involves identifying and avoiding problems.

"Occupational health and safety officers inspect workplaces for health hazards and develop strategies to control risk. They make sure management is following health and safety laws, investigate accidents, injuries, and complaints—and create programs to ensure continuous improvement."

 

An increased focus on workplace safety means more employment opportunities are opening up in this field. A government report indicates employment growth in this sector in many parts of Canada.

So the job opportunities are out there. But if you're looking to take advantage of them, it's important to understand the different health and safety training options so you can choose the path that's best for you.

This post explains the similarities and differences between OHS degrees and diplomas. It also describes some key factors you should consider when making your choice.

Meet Megan: My Experience in Herzing's 2D Animation Course

Feb 12, 2021 1:46:36 PM

Photo: Megan Winters, 2D animation graduate, Herzing College Ottawa

 

Wondering what it's like to take an 2D animation course? Have questions about breaking into the animation industry?

Megan Winters is the perfect person to talk to.

She got into 2D animation a bit later in life, after putting several years into an office job. She tried out some different animation schools but struggled to find the right fit.

She even landed a few animation gigs, but needed more advanced software skills to really get her career off the ground.

Fast-forward a few years and Megan's just about finished the 2D animation course at Herzing. The best part? She has already been hired by a major Ottawa animation studio.

We interviewed Megan to get her opinion of the 2D program, and learn more about her career plans after graduation.

Find out what to expect in class and if this training might be right for you.

How to Choose a Good OHS Diploma Program: 6 Tips for New Students

Feb 12, 2021 10:47:28 AM

Considering becoming an occupational health and safety officer? OHS professionals play a key role in preventing workplace accidents, injuries, and deaths. 

Every employer in Canada must follow health and safety laws to ensure workers are protected while performing their duties.

This includes everything from physical safety to environmental issues, emergency procedures, and emotional well-being.

Health and safety officers help enforce these laws by performing audits and inspections. They also work closely with companies to reduce risks, deliver safety training, and investigate accidents. 

If you want to work in this field, you need comprehensive OHS training that leads to national certification. 

Your first step? Selecting a quality OHS diploma program.

In this post, we'll walk you through 6 key features of a trustworthy OHS program.

Training that includes these attributes will put you on track to a successful career in workplace health and safety.

Paralegal Training at Herzing: Meet the Instructor, Tour the Program

Feb 11, 2021 11:57:51 AM

Photo: Ilya Medovikov, Paralegal program instructor at Herzing College Ottawa

Considering becoming a paralegal and have questions about training and careers? You've come to the right place.

This week, we interviewed Ilya Medovikov, Crown attorney for the government of Canada and Paralegal instructor at Herzing College.

We asked Ilya to give us a tour of the program, and answer some of the frequently asked questions we get from applicants.

He shared some excellent career advice, plus a detailed inside-look at the classroom experience at Herzing.

Read on to meet the instructor, find out what to expect in class, and see if Paralegal training is right for you.

Pros and Cons of a Career in Workplace Health and Safety

Jan 29, 2021 1:58:18 PM

A career in workplace health and safety can be incredibly rewarding.

This field focuses on preventing accidents and injuries on job sites, which is valuable and meaningful work.

Plus, the health and safety industry is growing fast and offers a wide variety of job opportunities.

But like any career, working in health and safety comes with challenges and downsides. What should you know in advance, before you start down this path?

In this post, we break down the most common pros and cons of a career in workplace health and safety.

We'll give you a clearer understanding of what this role is about, so you can decide if it's right for you. Let's get started.

CSW Careers: Explore Jobs in Social Services

Jan 18, 2021 12:47:11 PM

Photo: Community Services Worker students and instructor at Herzing College Ottawa (2019)

Community services workers (CSWs) play a very important role in society.

They work directly with vulnerable people who need immediate support, including at-risk youth, survivors of domestic abuse, refugees and people suffering from addiction and mental health issues.

Community services workers connect people with resources, provide counselling, and arrange treatment programs depending on each person’s needs.

It can be an incredibly rewarding career path for anyone looking to work with others and help address social issues.

Without the support of community services workers, many at-risk people would have nowhere to turn for help. CSWs make a real difference in the community.

Interested in this career?

In this post, we’ll show you six examples of community services worker jobs along with descriptions of each position.

These are the jobs our own CSW graduates are often hired to fill.

Top 6 Paralegal Skills and Qualities: Are You the Right Fit?

Jan 7, 2021 9:26:24 AM

If you’ve landed on this page, you’re probably considering becoming a paralegal or legal assistant. 

You’re wondering what the role involves and whether it’s a good fit for your personality, interests, and natural talents. 

You’re definitely on the right track. Researching the skills and qualities of good paralegals is an excellent way to explore the career.

A basic job description can only tell you so much. You need to dig deeper and uncover what drives and motivates paralegals—and what it takes to truly excel in this role. 

That’s exactly what we’re covering in this post. 

We'll break down the complete profile of a successful paralegal or legal assistant. Discover the traits you need to become a respected legal professional, and whether this career is your true calling. 

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