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9 Skills You Need to Become a Personal Support Worker

May 28, 2019 2:33:58 PM

Personal Support Worker students pose for a class photo at Herzing College in Ottawa

Updated November, 2020

Looking for a health care career that doesn't require years of training, but allows you to make a huge difference in people's lives? Becoming a personal support worker (PSW) could be your ideal choice.

You can earn a PSW diploma in just 9 months. By the time you graduate, you'll have all the skills needed to get hired at a hospital, long term care facility, or home-care company.

Computer Networking Ranked Top Tech Career in Canada

May 16, 2019 2:34:33 PM

Did you know that Canada's tech sector is one of the fastest growing industries in the country? We've emerged as a global leader in specialties like AI, clean tech, and cloud services—just to name a few.

Which parts of Canada are the hottest for IT careers right now?

Well, the latest CBRE Tech Talent Scoreboard shows Toronto is North America's fastest-growing tech market. But, several other Canadian cities are also beginning to dominate.

For example, Ottawa is rising quickly as a top destination for technology training and careers. Competing with 50 other North American cities, Ottawa ranked a very impressive #13 for tech growth.

Pros & Cons of Becoming a Personal Support Worker: Should You Go For It?

May 13, 2019 11:01:03 AM

Photo: Personal Support Worker students pose for a class picture at Herzing College Ottawa (2019)

Updated January 2021

What's inspiring you to become a personal support worker (PSW)? In our experience working with PSW students, there's usually a couple of key reasons people gravitate toward this career.

One is the high demand for PSWs in Ontario, and throughout many parts of Canada. If you're looking for a stable health care career, this is an excellent choice. Our aging population is expected to continue creating jobs for PSWs well into the future.

Another top motivator is the one-to-one time personal support workers get to spend with clients. If you're looking for more than "just a job" and want to make a real connection with people, PSW is the obvious choice.

But, like all careers, becoming a personal support worker comes with certain challenges. What should you know before you invest in training, and start down this path?

Take a look at the most common pros and cons of working as a personal support worker, and see if this role is right for you.

Herzing Partners with Big Jump: Animation Students Get Studio Experience & Job Opportunities

Apr 17, 2019 3:12:18 PM

Herzing College partners with leading animation studio, Big Jump Entertainment, to offer students internships, training, and jobs

Did you know that Ottawa is one of the hottest cities in Canada for animation? Ottawa is home to 7 major studios, employs at least 1000 animators, and creates amazing content for iconic production companies, like Disney and Marvel.

And we're just getting started. Ottawa is quickly gaining a reputation for world-class animation talent. Local studios are getting more work, and seeking to expand—the only problem is finding trained animators to hire.

Demand is overtaking supply, and the city is experiencing a serious shortage of animation professionals. Cory Morrison is one of the founders of Big Jump Entertainment, and is seeing this phenomenon unfold on the front lines.

What to Expect from Pharmacy Assistant Training at Herzing

Apr 9, 2019 11:49:33 AM

Considering pharmacy assistant training, but not totally sure this career path is right for you? Wondering about job options, courses, and the skills you would need to succeed in this field?

We've got you covered. This week, we gathered together the most frequently asked questions about pharmacy assistant training at Herzing.

These are the questions we often get from prospective students, who are trying to figure out what this program is all about.

For answers, we went straight to the source: Robert Orser.  Robert (Bob) is the instructor for Herzing's Pharmacy Assistant Program, and has more than 40 years experience in the field.

Starting a Community Services Worker Career in Ottawa: Your First 4 Steps

Mar 28, 2019 1:32:35 PM

Community Services Worker graduate, Chiman, poses with her instructor, Bryan Coker at the Herzing College Ottawa campus

6 Reasons Herzing Has the Best 2D Animation Program in Ottawa

Mar 21, 2019 2:19:00 PM

Cory Morrison (Big Jump Entertainment) and A.J. Cote (Herzing 2D animation instructor) do an interview with CTV News to announce the new partnership between Herzing and Big Jump.

Most people don't realize it, but Ottawa is a major hub for 2D animation. The city is home to several amazing animation studios—including Jam Filled, Big Jump, and Mercury Filmworks.

These companies work on all kinds of projects, from Disney to Nickelodeon to Netflix. In fact, there is so much animation work flowing through Ottawa, studios can't find enough local talent to meet production needs.

A lot of the work ends up getting outsourced overseas. This is where Herzing College comes in. We launched our 2D Animation Diploma to fill this gap in the Ottawa workforce.

Paralegal Skills List: What You'll Need to Compete

Mar 8, 2019 3:36:21 PM

Ontario is an ideal place to become a paralegal. Because of the special status of paralegals in Ontario, you have more career options than anywhere else in the country.

Strong Demand for Pharmacy Assistants in Ottawa: Should You Get Training?

Feb 27, 2019 3:23:10 PM

Whether you're fresh out of high school, or looking for better job options as an adult, career training is a fast, effective way to open up new opportunities.

And if you're going to invest in training, one of your key questions should be: Are there plenty of available jobs in my chosen field? How difficult will it be to land my first position after completing the program?

The ultimate goal is to find a career you like, and are good at—which also has strong employment prospects where you live.

We're covering one of those careers in today's post: Pharmacy Assistant. We'll look at the latest salary information, employment outlook, key skills, and training requirements for this role.

Is Business Training Right For You? 6 Things to Consider

Feb 18, 2019 1:32:30 PM

A business diploma is one of the most versatile training programs you can pursue. The skills taught in this program open doors to a wide range of career options—and courses can be completed in just a few months.