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My Review of the Business Management Diploma at Herzing College

Nov 25, 2019 12:57:38 PM

Photo: Gladys Gonzales, graduate of the Business Management diploma program at Herzing College Ottawa

Gladys Gonzales was already very well educated when she arrived in Canada from the Philippines. She had a university degree plus several years of work experience as a care-giver and domestic helper.

But she was looking for something more. When her elderly client passed away, she decided to return to school and earn a Canadian diploma, so she would have better career options here in Ottawa.

Gladys enrolled in the Business Management diploma program at Herzing College, and 12 months later, landed her first job as an Accounts Payable Clerk with Richcraft Homes Ltd - one of Ottawa's largest and most successful home building companies.

This week, we interviewed Gladys to get her opinion of Herzing's program, and find out how things are going at work. We talked about her instructors, the skills she learned in class, how long it took to get hired, and her new job at Richcraft.

Here's what we found out.

My Review of the Accounting and Payroll Course at Herzing College

Nov 20, 2019 12:47:10 PM

Photo: Cris Quejada at her new job at Oakpark Retirement Community, where she works in reception and assists with accounting

After Cris Quejada became a permanent resident of Canada, she knew she needed a Canadian diploma to start a successful career here in Ottawa.

She did her research, figured out which business jobs had strong demand, and decided accounting and payroll was the right choice.

6 months ago, she graduated from Herzing's Accounting and Payroll course, and got hired immediately as a receptionist/accounting assistant.

Going back to school and starting a brand new career isn't easy. We interviewed Cris this week to find out what the process was like for her.

We asked her to review the Accounting and Payroll program, including her opinion of the instructors, courses, internship, and career support services.

Check out this interview to learn more about Cris and her experience at Herzing.

My Review of Herzing's Paralegal Program

Nov 11, 2019 1:04:05 PM

Majeeda Khan graduated from the Paralegal program in 2017, and now works at Smart & Biggar as a legal assistant in the litigation department

Majeeda had graduated from university, and was working in retail, when she decided she needed a new career plan. She wasn't finding work in her field of study, and wanted a job that would be challenging, interesting, and truly helpful to others.

That's when she paid a visit to the Herzing Ottawa campus in the St. Laurent mall, and began asking about available training programs. She'd never even considered becoming a paralegal, but after looking into the field, she realized it was a perfect fit for her natural skills and professional goals.

After that, everything fell into place.

We chatted with Majeeda this week to get her opinion of the Paralegal program, and see what she's up to now. Turns out she is working at the biggest, most successful intellectual property law firm in Canada!

This is such a great success story. Read on for all the details.

Starting a Network Technician Career: Your First 5 Steps

Oct 2, 2019 11:19:53 AM

This is an excellent time to start a career in IT and tech. These industries are on the rise in Canada, with steady employment growth across the country. 

Computer technology jobs are featured on all kinds of “top careers” lists. Global staffing firm, Randstad, recently published its roundup of the Best Tech Jobs in 2019—which featured both beginner and advanced roles, such as help desk analyst and network administrator. 

Whether you’re starting from scratch, or skilling-up with new certifications, there are many training options (and career paths) to choose from. 

My Experience in Herzing's MOA Diploma Program

Sep 23, 2019 12:46:02 PM

Photo: Priscilla Grant on graduation day from the Medical Office Administration program at Herzing College Ottawa

Wondering what it's like to become a medical office administrator (MOA)? Want to know more about training, careers, and getting started in this field?

Who better to talk to than Priscilla Grant? Priscilla recently completed the Medical Office Administrator program at Herzing College Ottawa.

She went straight into a full-time medical office position after graduation, and has transitioned very smoothly into her new career.

And she did it all while working part-time and caring for two children under the age of 6!

We interviewed Priscilla earlier this month to learn more about her story, and see how things are going at work.

Find out what Priscilla thought of Herzing's MOA program, her most and least favourite parts of training, and how she landed such a great job at Carefor Health and Community Services.

Here are the highlights from our conversation.

Your Quick Guide to the New Occupational Health and Safety Program

Sep 19, 2019 1:35:44 PM

Herzing College Ottawa is happy to announce a brand new diploma program called Occupational Health and Safety. It’s 11 months total, including an 8-week internship. We already offer this program in Toronto and Winnipeg, and are excited to add it to the Ottawa campus. 

Want to Work in Accounting and Payroll? 5 Steps to Take First

Sep 6, 2019 1:08:56 PM

What’s it really like to work in accounting and payroll? Will you feel happy in this role? What about job opportunities where you live—how hard will it be to find your first job? 

All good questions for anyone considering a career in this field. If you’re thinking about investing in accounting and payroll training, you need answers to these questions before you get started. 

That’s what this post is all about. These are the first 5 steps you should take, and the things you should know, before you start training and commit to this career path. 

Meet Pauline: Becoming a Personal Support Worker Changed My Life

Aug 27, 2019 1:14:28 PM

Pauline Hughes-Derome, Personal Support Worker student at Herzing College Ottawa

At 58 years old, Pauline Hughes-Derome figured it was too late to change careers. And at her age, she assumed going back to school wasn't even an option.

After all, she already had a stable job in accounting, years of business experience, and no reason to make a move. 

But then everything changed when her sister got cancer, and Pauline became her primary care-giver. 

Want to Become an Office Manager? Training & Skills You Need to Get Hired

Aug 14, 2019 11:53:29 AM

What does it take to get promoted into an office manager role? Some people spend years in administrative support jobs, but can't seem to make the transition into management.

Experience is definitely a key factor in landing a leadership position—but it's not the only factor. Business managers need a specific skillset to effectively run an office, manage a team of support staff, and help the company meet its goals.

Whether you're just starting out in business, or already have admin experience, you'll need to build this skillset to break into management.

Becoming a Pharmacy Assistant: Training, Careers & Life at Work

Aug 5, 2019 9:45:54 AM

Becoming a pharmacy assistant is the perfect choice for someone who wants an in-demand career in healthcare—without spending years earning a university degree.

Are you patient, a good communicator, eager to help others, and highly detail-focused? Are you interested in pharmacology, healthcare products, and the process of preparing prescription drugs?

This is the profile of a successful pharmacy assistant student.

In this post, we explain all the steps involved in becoming a pharmacy assistant in Ontario. We break down how to get your pharmacy assistant diploma, career options after college, and what to expect at work.