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How to Select a Good CAD Program for Architecture

Mar 5, 2021 5:19:54 PM

Architectural CAD programs prepare students to become architectural drafters or building design technicians. In this role, you work under the supervision of a lead architect or engineer.

An architectural drafter creates the blueprints and technical drawings builders use to actually construct a new building.

They participate in the design process from start to finish. After a few years of experience, a drafter or design technician may consult directly with clients to develop concepts and draft designs from scratch.

If you're looking for a fast training option, it makes sense to consider a college CAD program versus a university degree in architecture or interior design. 

So what should you look for in a quality CAD program for architecture? What can you expect to learn in training?

In this post, we break down some key features of comprehensive CAD programs.

Read on to learn about courses, required skills, and job options for architectural drafters in the Toronto area.

Do You Need a Degree to Work in Cybersecurity?

Mar 2, 2021 4:33:53 PM

The need for skilled cybersecurity professionals is already huge. And it's getting bigger.

It's estimated that upwards of 38 billion devices around the world will be Internet-connected by 2025.

And with more of us working remotely and relying on online services for everything from grocery deliveries to medical consultations, people who can keep those systems secure will find their skills in ever-greater demand.

But is a university degree necessary to get started in cybersecurity?

The short answer is no. Many job postings do call for a degree, but that doesn't necessarily mean you can't land those roles without one.

In many cases, employers are more interested in what you can do rather than what credentials you hold. It's more about proving your skills on the job rather than in the classroom.

And that means that some basic cybersecurity training can be enough to launch you into a new career.

Exactly what skills do you need and what are employers looking for? Here's what you need to know.

Cybersecurity Careers: Entry-level Job Options and Salaries

Feb 22, 2021 12:51:02 PM

Most people already know there is a global shortage of qualified cybersecurity professionals. 

We know this because every month brings new reports of massive cyber attacks at companies big and small.  

If powerful organizations like Microsoft, NASA, and Adobe can’t stay ahead of the hackers, we must be in serious trouble! 

The problem is lack of talent. Many IT security jobs sit vacant because employers can’t find candidates with the right skillset. 

Cyber threats are evolving so quickly, we simply aren’t producing enough experts to keep up with demand. 

This begs the question: what kinds of cybersecurity jobs are out there? What career paths can you pursue if you’re just starting out? 

In this post, we’re looking at some typical entry-level to mid-career job options. 

Compare job titles, responsibilities, and salaries for each role. Get a good overview of the industry and get your cybersecurity career started. 

What is a Paralegal? Job Description, Careers, Training Requirements

Feb 4, 2021 9:58:00 AM

The first thing to know about paralegals is that the job description varies depending on where you live—and whether you are licensed.  

In Ontario, paralegals can pass a licensing exam that allows them to represent clients independently (like a lawyer) for certain legal matters. 

Ontario is one of the few regions in Canada where paralegals have this option.

A licensed paralegal in Ontario can start their own private legal practice. They can represent clients in small claims court, traffic court, tribunals and for certain criminal matters. 

In other parts of Canada, paralegals do not have the option to obtain a license and operate independently. Instead, their role is to support lawyers—as legal assistants or law clerks. 

Ontario paralegals have a choice. They can decide to get licensed and represent clients independently. Or, they can become legal assistants (which does not require a license).  It all depends on your career goals. 

In this post, we’ll walk you through the job descriptions of licensed paralegals and legal assistants, and the training required to get started in this field. 

What Exactly is Architectural Drafting & Is This Career Path Right For You?

Jan 29, 2021 3:17:46 PM

If you're naturally interested in architecture, the building process, and creative design, you may be considering a career as a draftsperson for an architecture or design firm.

What exactly does an architectural draftsperson do, who do they work with, and what kind of training do you need to get started in this field?

There's the university pathway, which could include an undergraduate degree in architecture or interior design.

Or, there's the college diploma route, which prepares students to serve as architectural technicians, who assist architects, engineers, and designers on building projects.

In this post, we'll break down the typical responsibilities of an architectural draftsperson/technician.

We'll also outline possible career paths after college - and a few things to consider if you're considering training in this field.

What Does a Network Administrator Do? Main Tasks and Responsibilities

Jan 27, 2021 10:41:32 AM

Organizations in every industry rely on computer networks.

Businesses, hospitals, schools and government agencies (just to name a few) use networking technology to share information and resources every single day.

Computer networks are systems connected by cables (wired) or WiFi (wireless). Networks are built using hardware and software and in different configurations depending on the needs of the users.

This includes both LANs (local area network) and WANs (wide area networks). 

When an organization uses a computer network, they also require someone to maintain, protect, update and troubleshoot it. That’s where network administrators come in. 

In this post, we’ll explore the main skills and responsibilities of a network administrator. Find out exactly what a network administrator does and the skills you'll need to get hired.

Accounting vs Business Administration: Which Diploma to Choose?

Jan 20, 2021 10:35:20 AM

There are many types of business diploma programs out there. A major hub like Toronto has enough business colleges and business programs to make your head spin. 

Just sorting through all the options can seem like a massive task. And then you’re faced with an even bigger question: which type of business diploma should I choose? 

There are certificates and diplomas in business management, business marketing, human resources, project management, occupational health and safety, and supply chain management (just to name a few!) 

At Herzing College Toronto, we offer four different business-related diploma programs.  

But in this post, we’re focusing on the difference between Business Administration and Accounting and Payroll Administration.

If you’ve landed on this page, you’re probably torn between these two diplomas and need some help to make a decision.  

We’ll break down key differences between these programs, and important points to consider when deciding which path to choose.

By the end of this post, you’ll know what step to take next.

Herzing’s Paralegal Diploma Program: What's it Really Like?

Jan 8, 2021 11:26:53 AM

Photo: Paralegal students conducting a mock trial at Herzing College Toronto (2019)

Paralegal has become such a popular career in Ontario that we’ve seen dozens of training programs pop up across the province. 

There are paralegal diplomas and certificates, ranging from 1-3 years, and a mix of on-campus and online training options. 

Herzing College has been offering an accelerated Paralegal diploma program for several years, at campuses in both Toronto and Ottawa. 

What do all the paralegal programs have in common? They are all accredited by the Law Society of Ontario. The Law Society regulates paralegal training, so schools must get approval to legally offer the program. 

This means that all accredited paralegal diplomas and certificates offer the same core curriculum, as dictated by the Law Society. 

But that doesn't mean all programs are identical or created equal. 

Things like career services, student reviews, and graduate employment rates vary widely across paralegal programs. 

Community Services Worker Training: Is This Program Right For You?

Dec 16, 2020 1:35:35 PM

Are you looking for a career where you can help underprivileged and at-risk people, and make a real different in your local community?

Welcome to the world of social work. Social work is all about human rights, social justice, and helping those in need find independence and self-empowerment.

It's about creating a more fair and inclusive society, where all people are treated with respect and have opportunities to thrive.

If you don't want to attend university and earn a social work degree, there are others ways to start a career in this field.

Community services workers (CSWs) are a great example. You can become a CSW with a college diploma that takes just 12 months to complete.

Is this career path right for you? In this post, we'll walk you through some key points to consider. Find out if Community Services Worker training is right for you and how to get started.

Meet Vince: Graphic Design Graduate Creates Custom Gear for NHL Stars

Dec 7, 2020 12:42:53 PM

Did you know that graphic designers can build successful careers designing hockey equipment like pads and helmets?

No? You're not alone. Neither did Vince Arnone or his parents. In fact, Vince never even considered studying graphic design.

He started out in a sporting goods business program, on track to become a sales rep, when he realized he wanted something different.

For years, Vince had been playing around with hockey pad designs, even selling a few ideas as a freelancer. But he never believed it could turn into a lucrative full-time career.

Instead, he focused on side projects and taught himself some basic Adobe design skills. It wasn't until he tried landing a real graphic design job that Vince realized he needed more training.

He enrolled in the Graphic Design program at Herzing College Toronto, learned the software, honed his craft, and kept right on making those hockey pad designs.

Two short years later, Vince has been recruited as a Content Creator for TSN, and NHL stars across North America are wearing his custom designs.

Turns out becoming a hockey equipment designer isn't such a crazy idea after all.

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