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Is Legal Assistant a Good Career? Most Common Pros and Cons

Apr 29, 2021 10:53:57 AM

Eager to work in the legal field without spending years in university? A legal assistant career may be the ideal alternative.

Legal assistants provide the kind of essential support every lawyer needs.

They handle a wide range of tasks, from conducting research and preparing documents to scheduling meetings and communicating with clients.

But like any job, working as a legal assistant has both advantages and drawbacks. So you should see the whole picture before making any decisions.

In this post, we describe the major pros and cons of a legal assistant career.

Find out what to expect in this role and see if it makes sense for you.

How to Become a Virtual Assistant & Work From Home

Apr 23, 2021 1:51:25 PM

Like the idea of an administrative support role? Prefer the flexibility of working from home?

If you become a virtual assistant, you can have both.

Virtual assistants are home-based professionals who perform clerical and communications tasks for businesses and organizations.

That can include anything from responding to emails and booking appointments to preparing documents and corresponding with clients.

So what does it take to get into this field? How do you actually become a virtual assistant?

In this post, we walk you through virtual assistant job options, training, important skills, and how to get started.

Here's everything you need to know.

How to Get Into Computer Networking With No Experience

Apr 9, 2021 1:52:03 PM

Looking to break into the field of computer networking? Wise choice. The industry is growing fast and offers a broad range of job possibilities.

Networking professionals work in schools, hospitals, government agencies, IT services firms, banks, businesses, and more.

Any organization big enough to use a computer network needs experts to mange, optimize, and protect it.

The Government of Canada Job Bank predicts steady-to-good employment growth for network technicians and user support technicians in Winnipeg. So it's a good time to begin your career.

But how can you get into the field if you're a total beginner? What kind of training and skills do you need to get hired if you've never worked in computer networking before?

This post will guide you through the process. Follow these steps to land a computer networking job even if you have no prior IT experience.

My Review of Community Support Worker Training at Herzing College

Mar 30, 2021 2:15:30 PM

Photo: Chika Modozie (far left) standing with local community members (Source: cbc.ca)

Chika Modozie started out with a degree in Business Administration, but she always knew business wasn’t her true calling. She wanted a career where she could help people in need.

After immigrating to Canada almost 10 years ago, Chika found herself looking at new training options. She landed in Herzing’s Community Support Worker (CSW) program, which completely changed the course of her life.

How to Become an Addiction Counsellor: Training and Careers

Mar 29, 2021 2:48:06 PM

Looking to become an addiction counsellor? Improving the lives of people battling problems with drugs or alcohol can be immensely rewarding.

And the need for these professionals is higher than ever. CTV News reported that the number of opioid overdoses in Winnipeg was twice as high in the first half of 2020 compared to the same period in 2019.

Plus, the Manitoba government estimates there will be 300 new job openings for family, marriage, and other related counsellors throughout the province over the next few years.

But what does it take to become an addiction counsellor? How can you get started in this field?

The answers are in this post.

We provide a clear breakdown of the training and skills every addiction counsellor needs. 

Here's what you need to know.

Top 10 Things to Know About Becoming a Legal Assistant

Mar 26, 2021 9:49:44 AM

If you’re interested in law, good with people, detail-oriented and organized, legal assistant could be an ideal career path.

It’s an excellent time to become a legal assistant in Manitoba. Strong employment growth and waves of retirements are creating jobs in this field, in every part of the province. 

You don’t need a university degree, and college legal assistant programs are relatively quick. 

So, how do you get started? What’s involved in becoming a legal assistant?  And most importantly, how do you know if this career is right for you? 

Meet Michael: Full Scholarship Winner & Future Broadcasting Pro

Mar 18, 2021 12:32:16 PM

Photo: Michael Ledda at his home in Winnipeg

Before Covid-19 wreaked havoc on Winnipeg, Michael Ledda was living life as usual. He was busy working full-time as a chef, happy with his job, and making a steady income to support his three children. 

But when the lockdown started, Michael’s entire world quickly crumbled. Before long, he was out of a job. Things got so tight financially, he had to sell off his possessions just to pay rent. 

Sadly, Michael’s story is not unique. So many Winipeggers lost their jobs during the pandemic, the CBC wrote an article about it, featuring Michael and several others. 

Jenna Boholij (Herzing’s Director of Marketing Communications) read the CBC story and was so moved by Michael’s struggle, she proposed an idea.  

Why not offer him a full scholarship, so he can re-train and get back on his feet? 

The entire Herzing team got on board and reached out to Michael with the offer. He happily accepted and is now enrolled in the Broadcasting and Media Communications program. 

This week, we chatted with Michael to find out how his life has changed since going back to school. Here are the highlights of our conversation.

Meet Amalia: My Experience in Medical Office Assistant Training

Mar 17, 2021 1:33:28 PM

When Amalia Aplaon immigrated to Canada from the Philippines in 2019, she already had a Bachelor's degree and a caregiver certificate.

But she quickly realized that without Canadian credentials, it would be much harder to find a good job in health care.

So, after spending years as a stay-at-home mom, Amalia took on the challenge of returning to school.

She enrolled in Medical Office Assistant (MOA) training, completed her practicum, and graduated just as Covid-19 was sweeping across the country.

The pandemic caused a hiring freeze at many clinics, making finding a job very difficult for new MOA graduates.

But Amalia persevered and in just one and half months, she got hired as a Primary Care Assistant.

We interviewed Amalia to learn more about her experience at Herzing, and what it's like to transition from full-time mom to full-time healthcare professional.

Read on for the full story.

How I Started My Own Company With a Business Administration Diploma

Mar 8, 2021 1:48:29 PM

Photo: Karl Raynes at his home office in Winnipeg

When he moved to Canada in 2013, Karl Raynes wasn't planning on starting a business.

He got a steady job at a law firm, thought about pursuing a career in computer networking, and even took at few IT courses.

And then one day, Karl and his fiance came up with a brilliant idea for a home-care services company.

He immediately began looking for business training that would help him launch the company and make it a success.

Karl discovered Herzing College and enrolled in the Business Administration program.

This training is designed for people who want to work in an office, manage a team, or start their own business. 

Karl signed up, worked through the courses, and actually launched his company while completing the internship.

We interviewed Karl a few months after graduation to get his review of the Business Administration program, and see how the company is going so far.

Here's what we found out.

Top 5 Skills You'll Learn in Administrative Assistant Training

Mar 4, 2021 9:53:19 AM

Updated June, 2021.

Don't think office assistants need specific training to do their jobs well? Think again! This role is increasingly important—and increasingly complex.

Office assistants are needed in businesses and organizations of every stripe and size. From non-profits to start-ups to multi-national corporations. No professional team can survive without skilled administrators keeping the wheels turning.

So, it's no surprise that trained, talented office admins are highly sought after. In Winnipeg, the Government of Canada Job Bank is predicting steady demand for office administrators straight through to 2026.

What exactly will you need to take advantage of those job opportunities, and build a successful career as an office assistant?

Start with the top 5 skills taught in quality office assistant training. These are the competencies absolutely every employer is looking for.

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