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Community Services Careers: Would You Make a Good Counsellor?

Nov 12, 2018 12:49:34 PM

Counselling people in need is a big part of the community services worker (CSW) job description. Imagine you're working at a women's shelter, child foster care program, or addiction centre—helping individuals and families work through really difficult issues, and find healthy ways to move forward.

6 Accounting & Payroll Skills You Must Learn to Get Hired

Oct 31, 2018 2:27:57 PM

If you have solid math skills, are comfortable around computers, and like the idea of working in a business environment, you could be a natural fit for accounting and payroll training.

But it takes more than these basic skills to really succeed in a college program, and land a position with a great company. How do you know if this career path is right for you?

5 Ways Personal Support Worker is the Most Meaningful Job in Healthcare

Oct 23, 2018 1:26:47 PM

We've all heard the news and read the stats. Canada's health care system is stretched to the limit. We don't have enough long-term care beds, there aren't enough medical professionals, and we don't know how we'll care for our growing population of seniors.

It's no surprise that in the middle of this challenge, we've seen demand for personal support workers sky-rocket.

4 Ways Community Services Workers Change & Save Lives

Oct 10, 2018 4:51:33 PM

Community services workers (CSWs) help people dealing with serious personal and social problems. But this career is about so much more than that.

CSWs work with some of the most neglected, forgotten, and stigmatized people in our society.

From teens dealing with addiction, to homeless populations, to battered women, to ex-offenders: community services workers are trained to offer compassionate, practical, hands-on support where it's needed most.

There is no doubt that this work is challenging. But it's also incredibly rewarding and inspiring. Right on the front-lines of our neighborhoods, CSWs literally change and save lives on a daily basis.

What Does it Take to Run a Successful Paralegal Practice After College?

Sep 12, 2018 10:54:56 AM

If you have an interest in law, but can't see yourself spending several years becoming a lawyer, you should consider paralegal college.

After only 12 months of study, including a 4-week internship, you'll be qualified to write the licensing exam and begin your career.

Paralegals in Ontario have a special status not available in other provinces, which allows them to represent clients in small claims court and before certain tribunals.

Huge Demand for 2D Animators in Ottawa: Should You Get Training?

Sep 12, 2018 6:02:09 AM

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 find out exactly what Ottawa has to offer new animation grads, and how Herzing's program is unique compared to other training out there.

Since A.J. actually developed the program—and has worked as an animator in Ottawa for decades—he's the perfect person to advise anyone considering this career path.

If that's you, you're probably wondering what skills you'll learn in class, and how hard it'll be to land an animation job after college. A.J. has answers to these questions, and a lot more.

Computer Networking Careers: What is a Network Security Specialist?

Sep 4, 2018 8:18:23 AM

Updated January, 2021.

There are so many computer networking skills that are in very high demand right now. Network analysis and optimization is big, and so is virtualization, data storage, and hybrid cloud management (just to name a few).

But there is one area of expertise that outranks all others in terms of demand—and that's network security.

There is a well-documented, worldwide shortage of cyber security professionals. According to the Cybersecurity Jobs Report 2018-2021, we'll have 3.5 million unfilled cyber security positions across the globe over the next 5 years.

These jobs are not concentrated in any particular country, either. Numerous regions are feeling threatened by intensifying hacker attacks and data leaks—and a serious lack of specialists available to offer solutions.

Countries with the biggest security skills shortages include Israel, Canada, the US, Australia, India, Japan, Mexico, and parts of Europe.

This research matches what individual companies are saying about their networking needs.

In the 2018 State of Infrastructure Report, 60% of polled companies said network security was one of their biggest challenges right now—and highest priority for spending.

So let's say you've looked into computer networking careers, and you're particularly intrigued by the growing opportunities for security specialists.

Here are a few things to know about getting started in this field after college.

How to Earn Your First Business Management Promotion After College

Aug 22, 2018 1:53:51 PM

Look ahead, a year or two into the future. You've completed business management college and landed your first job. Let's say you're at a small business or medium-sized company, working in an administrative position.

4 Key Skills You'll Learn in Pharmacy Assistant Training & Use Every Day at Work

Aug 15, 2018 11:09:26 AM

What exactly does a pharmacy assistant do? What kinds of responsibilities would you have at work, and what does training involve?

If you're considering this career path, these are probably some of the questions you're asking.

In this post, we'd like to offer you a window into both pharmacy assistant training—and the kinds of tasks you'll be expected to perform on a daily basis at work.

What to Expect from Paralegal Training in Ontario

Aug 8, 2018 10:23:48 AM

Photo: Paralegal students at Herzing College in Ottawa pose for a class photo

Updated February 2021.

Licensed paralegals in Ontario have a lot more power, work options, and opportunities than their peers in other parts of the country.

If you become a licensed paralegal in Ontario, you'll be allowed to represent clients in small claims court, and before certain tribunals (such as the Human Rights, Landlord and Tenant, Immigration and Refugee, and Workplace Safety tribunals).

Or, you could pursue a paralegal job in government, and work at a courthouse, with a lobby group, or for a provincial or federal department (like the Department of Justice).