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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. 

6 Signs of a Good Personal Support Worker Course: Student Checklist

Dec 15, 2020 1:35:34 PM

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

Summary: Use this helpful checklist to compare Personal Support Worker courses near you. Find a high quality program that fully prepares you for a successful career.

It’s an excellent time to become a personal support worker (PSW) in Ontario. Demand is high for PSWs all across the province—and is expected to stay that way for the foreseeable future. 

Personal support workers are needed at hospitals, nursing homes, and private home-care companies throughout Ontario.

They play an absolutely crucial role in caring for people who need help with everyday living—including those with cognitive impairment, physical disabilities, and mental health challenges. 

Considering becoming a personal support worker? You're on track to start a rewarding career with plenty of employment opportunities.

Your first step is to find a good Personal Support Worker course that will fully prepare you for life on-the-job. What should you look for when comparing training programs?

Big Demand for Cybersecurity Jobs in Canada: Should You Get Training? 

Nov 25, 2020 1:59:58 PM

Updated June, 2021.

Quick summary: Get the latest stats on demand for cybersecurity jobs in Canada and around the world. Compare popular job titles, skills, salary and info on cybersecurity training and certification.

Almost everyone is familiar with the idea of cybersecurity. Many of us have had our emails or social media accounts hacked, or lost personal information in corporate data breaches. 

Over the last few years, we’ve seen some major companies fall prey to cyber-attacks, including Equifax, Adobe, Yahoo, LinkedIn, and eBay.  

How is it possible that even these giants can't stay ahead of the hackersIt all comes down to talent.

We simply don’t have enough qualified people. There is huge demand for cybersecurity specialists in Canada and across the globe.  

Interested in IT security? This is the ideal time to start a career in this field. Here’s what you should know about cybersecurity jobs, training, skills, and salaries.

Is Medical Office Administration a Good Career? 6 Points to Consider

Nov 17, 2020 10:19:36 AM

Quick summary of this postWe examine the career of Medical Office Administration from 6 different angles. Find out if this role is right for you by understanding the following points: 

  1. Job description 
  2. Training requirements 
  3. Job outlook in Ottawa 
  4. Career options 
  5. Pros and Cons 
  6. Salary 

Many different factors come into play when you’re deciding on a career path. On the one hand, there are practical matters like salary, job description, and career outlook where you live. 

On the other hand, there’s your interest in the role and whether doing this work will make you truly happy and fulfilled. 

Wondering if medical office administration is a good career choice for you? 

You need to think it through from all the angles—practical and personal. 

How Do You Become a Safety Officer in Canada? Training & Certification

Oct 27, 2020 1:40:35 PM

Occupational health and safety (OHSis a fast-growing field in Canada. Long before Covid-19 pushed workplace safety into the spotlight, we have been striving to reduce work-related accidents, injuries, and deaths. 

This is what OHS is all about: protecting the physical and psychological wellness of people at work.

Ontario has clearly defined occupational health and safety laws—regulations both business owners and employees must follow.

Unfortunately, not all employers and workers understand or comply with these rules.

This is why skilled health and safety officers are in such high demand. These professionals ensure companies are following the law, and they provide training and strategies to improve workplace safety.

Considering a career in OHS? Her are the steps to become a certified occupational health and safety officer, plus helpful information on skills and careers.

Where Does a Medical Office Administrator Work?

Oct 7, 2020 12:20:58 PM

It’s hard to imagine how a hospital or clinic could run without skilled medical office administrators (MOAs). 

Whether they’re working behind-the-scenes as medical transcriptionists, or right up front at clinic reception—MOAs bring order and stability to our health care system. 

They put anxious patients at ease and help doctors stay on schedule. They prepare medical documents and keep patient records up-to-date. 

MOAs help “connect the dots” between patients, nurses, doctors, and specialists. That’s why good MOAs are always in demand. 

Considering this career and wondering about employment options? In this post, we compare three very common medical office administration jobs and salaries. 

Find out where medical office administrators work, and learn more about how to start a career in this field.

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