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If you’re looking to make a change in 2019, nothing opens more doors than a post-secondary education, and getting hands-on, job-ready training at CDI College is a great way to start your new career.
Getting a running start on your new career has never been easier. With more than 25 programs across the fields of business, technology, healthcare, art and design, dental, legal studies, and early childhood education, you’ll find your ideal fit at CDI College.
As a student, you’ll have access to Career Services programs, including our Employment Specialists, who are available for career advice and counselling, as well as providing job search assistance for up to six months after you graduate.
With the cost of living rising, putting your life on hold for a four-year program isn’t an option – but at CDI College, many programs can be completed in less than a year. Most programs also include practicum placements, so you’ll get to test your new skills on the job.
With eight locations in Alberta, there’s a CDI College campus close to you. Visit newcareer.cdicollege.ca for more information and take the first step toward a fulfilling career today!
Returning to school after a layoff or career change is an intimidating prospect – but there are ways to minimize the pressure before you step foot into class.
Here are CDI College’s Top 5 Tips for Returning to School as a Mature Student:
- Make a budget. Since you’ll be going to school full-time, ensure you have your essential needs covered – tuition, food, shelter, childcare, transportation – because you may have to scale back hours at work to focus on your training.
- Research your new career. Before jumping head-first into a career training program, take time to evaluate where you want to be in your career. Speak to people in the field to gain an understanding for their day-to-day tasks and responsibilities and meet with a CDI College admissions representative to help figure out what path is best for you.
- Pace yourself. For many second-career learners, returning to school can be overwhelming. Work at a pace you are comfortable with to avoid early burnout.
- Talk to your instructors and fellow students. Instructors at CDI College are an invaluable resource you can reach out to at any time. They are professionals in their field and will be able to answer any questions or concerns. Your classmates will likely be in similar situations so you can lean on each other for support.
- Meet with CDI College Career Services. Our career services professionals are trained to assist you with any questions or concerns you have about your new career. They can also help with resume writing and interview preparation as you near graduation. You can also drop in any time for up to six months for assistance after you graduate!
Reeves College helps graduates open up a world of opportunities and forge ahead in their chosen careers. Offering programs in multiple industries, our curriculum is designed to match current industry demands and ensure our graduates have the specialized knowledge and practical aptitude to transfer from the classroom to the workforce. Our business programs are no exception.
Reeves College offers programs in a variety of business related disciplines. With a wealth of options to choose from such as Accounting & Payroll Administration, Logistics & Supply Chain Management, Online Marketing & Social Media, Business Administration Management and Hospitality Management, you’ll learn skills that can be applied to almost any industry, or to branch out as an entrepreneur.
Business-based learning gives you a good road map for understanding the business world and with a business qualification under your belt, you’ll graduate with a versatile skill set and a myriad of career paths to pursue.
Reeves College is dedicated to providing the highest standard of education and training; programs are delivered by industry-experienced instructors with real-world expertise and industry insight. Train with a college that will empower you, and help you to put your best foot forward and set yourself onto a career path with a wealth of opportunities.
Move into a career in business! Find out how you can get started today at reevescollege.ca, or call 1-800-690-6144.
Achieving a balance between work and life requires a bit of reorganization and prioritization on your part. In order to create a sense of equilibrium between your career and family, it’s important to consider what you value. Often in life, especially when your career is beginning to take off, you become increasingly immersed in work. You’re either always on call, work late into the night, or are required to travel constantly for meetings and conferences. Although this career-focused lifestyle is exciting at first, many people start to feel overwhelmed after weeks or months on the job. As such, finding a work-life balance becomes even more important to consider as soon as you start your career.
To get you started on planning a well-balanced schedule for yourself, we’ve put together a few tips.
Manage Your Stress
Everyone deals with stress differently but it’s important to find out what keeps you relaxed and fit it into your schedule. Playing a sport, reading a book, or relaxing to music are just a few ways to unwind after a long day.
Don’t underestimate the power of sleep. A good night’s sleep boosts your energy for the day and allows you to be more productive. If you are having trouble sleeping, try deep breathing exercises or drink a hot cup of soothing, caffeine-free tea before bed.
Stay fit by getting some physical exercise into your day at least four to five times a week. Sneak in a work-out by walking or biking to work or heading to the gym at lunch time and you’ll see even more fitness benefits.
Maintaining a healthy diet takes a bit of work, but you can ease more nutritious foods into your meals by adding something new each week. Healthy snacking, especially on your coffee breaks, is just as important as watching what you eat during larger meals.
Feeling fulfilled at work extends beyond your office and into your personal life. People who embrace the view of lifelong learning often gain a brighter perspective on their career advancement. Taking part-time evening, weekend or online classes can help propel your career and keep you up-to-date with new tools and techniques in the industry. Shorter diploma programs such as those offered at CDI College allow you to fast-track your education, while earning qualifications that will move your career forward.
Although it’s easier said than done, finding a work-life balance is a personal mission that is different for everyone. However, once you create a schedule that keeps you happy and healthy, you’ll find that your days will become less stressful and more enjoyable. Employers will also benefit from a change in employee attitude and an increase in creativity and innovation.
To find out more about CDI College, call 1-877-658-4045 or visit ab.cdicollege.ca.
Most college graduates are eager to land their first job as soon as they leave school. Regardless of the industry you’re going into, here are a few tips that will help you navigate a job search and land your first job.
Be Dedicated to Your Job Search
Block out a period of time to conduct your job search each day and stick to it. If you’re at home, turn off the ringer on your phone and avoid working in a room with a television. When searching for jobs online, be sure to log out of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. This way, you won’t be tempted to check for updates every few minutes.
Spend some time reading the job descriptions of the positions you’re interested in. Read up on the companies you’re interested in working for, as well. If possible, try and find the name and address a contact person. Keep track of the postings and companies you’re applying to, as well. This will be handy when following up after you’ve submitted your application.
Don’t forget to use all the resources available to you. Drop by the Career Services department on campus and check out the job board. Stay in touch with your former classmates and instructors.
Have a Strong Resume and Cover Letter
Your cover letter and resume are the tools that will help you get an interview. A cover letter serves as your introduction to a prospective employer, so remember to keep it focused on the company you’re applying to. Avoid using a form letter or cover letter template. Each job is unique, so each cover letter should be unique as well. It shouldn’t be longer than one page, either.
Your resume is your chance to highlight your qualifications and experience. Tailor your resume to suit each application. Fine tune and keep it up-to-date whenever possible. Keep it under two pages.
Be careful about spelling. All word processing programs come with spell check, so there’s no excuse to have misspelled words in your letters or resumes. Proofread each time you make a change or update. Ask one or two other people to review your resume as well.
Be Prepared for Your Interview
Review your resume so you’re ready for questions about your qualifications, education and experience. Ask a friend, family member or classmate to practice your interview skills. Do some research the company so you have enough background information about your prospective employer.
Dress appropriately for a job interview and arrive 10 minutes early. Be confident and polite. Listen to each question and think before giving your answer. Speak clearly during your interview. Prepare a few questions before hand to show you’re interested in the position and the company.
Send a follow up or thank you note after the interview. Not only is this polite, it may help to keep you at the forefront of the pack.
Ready to choose your new career path? Learn more at newcareers.reevescollege.ca or call 1-800-690-6144.
Becoming a successful professional doesn't just happen overnight. It takes years of studying, building up work experience, and networking with colleagues — and even then, you still have to revisit your goals to make sure that you're taking the right steps toward achieving them. Fall is a great time to rejuvenate yourself career-wise and take some time to re-prioritize your life. Here are some ways you can boost your career success, whether you're just starting your professional path or need to recharge your batteries in the workplace.
Talk to Everyone
You never know when that next leap up in your career will happen, and to make sure you're keeping opportunities available, you should take every chance to interact with individuals with similar professional paths as you. During your college years and beyond, you'll have plenty of practicum experiences and part- or full-time jobs, which means that you'll have literally dozens of connections in your work sector.
Some job opportunities aren't even posted where you can see them. Sometimes people get hired by word of mouth, and the only way for that to happen is to be social with others.
Use Social Media
Even if you're satisfied with your current job or career path, it doesn't mean that you shouldn't keep your options open. One of the best ways to make it easy for companies to find you is by garnering a strong online presence, through a personal blog, Twitter account, and LinkedIn profile. While these platforms are fun, their capabilities to market your talents and essentially work as a form of self-advertising are incredible. Take advantage of these free services and watch your network expand exponentially.
Create One Personal Goal
Sure, you'll work harder when you know you're reaching for a long-term goal of becoming vice president of a company or starting your own business. However, sometimes, the most inspiring goals are ones that have nothing to do with your actual career. Whether you’re yearning to start your own family or take a month-long trip backpacking through Europe, by committing to a personal goal, you might be even more motivated to work hard every day. On the outside, your colleagues will just see you as a diligent and dedicated professional.
When you first kickstart your job hunt, you may be caught up in the rush and the thrill of finding new opportunities on job boards and applying. However, after the 40th resume submission and no phone calls – you might be wondering where you went wrong. It’s no surprise that your resume is one of the most important tools you have as an individual in the workforce – but could your resume be holding you back – or worse – costing you job interviews?
Here are our four tips to get the most out of your resume and get you that interview.
The 30 Second Rule
Did you know you have only 30 seconds to make an impression on a recruiter – you don’t want to lose them in the first 5 seconds because your resume is unprofessional and slapped together. Do not skim over your resume when you’re editing it. Capitals should be where they need to be, use a comma when it’s appropriate and a semicolon where it is necessary. Make sure you conclude all your sub points with a period. Grammar is non-negotiable and not being thorough in ensuring that you’ve done your due diligence on your resume can speak volumes to a hiring manager about how you will handle meticulous tasks on the job.
Think of your resume like a story - it is about you, not by you. When writing your resume, always do it in the third person. The hiring manager already recognizes that your resume is an overview on your work accomplishments; there’s no need to remind them it’s about you 20 plus times. Avoid personal pronouns at all costs. Instead of stating, “I achieved a 40% increase in sales in the first year” consider saying “Achieved 40% sales growth in first year.”
Outdated or Irrelevant Work Experience
You got a degree 25 years ago – so what? According to some recruiters, after five years, your work experience holds more weight than your education, so be sure to highlight on that background information after you have showcased your work history. The same rule applies for your work history – don’t feel obliged to rhyme off every single job you have held. Keep it to the past 3-4 jobs.
It's Too Long
Can we be honest here? No one wants to read your 4-page length resume. We know, we know – you have lots to say and plenty to be proud of; but when you consider that recruiters and hiring managers receive hundreds of applications for a single job post, it is important that the experience you are highlighting on jumps right out at them. Focus on showcasing skill sets and work experience that directly correlates to the roles you are applying for.
- Career Fair Canada Team
"I am too old to go back to school."
"Going back to school is a waste of time."
"It's too expensive to go back to school."
Do any of these sound like you? If so, you are not alone. In fact, plenty of people fail to consider the value of going back to school or the types of opportunities they are missing by not taking up a new skillset, or worse - not obtaining the credentials they need to move their career along.
You may be concerned about being unable to cover the costs of an education, but the Government of Alberta has loans and grants that, in some cases, could fund most of your education.
Opportunity comes in many shapes and forms, and by going back to school to pursue a new career, you may be pleasantly surprised with the growth and financial gain that comes with it. If you need some more convincing, here are our top 4 reasons you should consider going back to school:
If you were impacted by the decline of oil and gas jobs in Alberta, chances are you are currently looking for work, or you accepted an employment opportunity as soon as it presented itself to you - even if it didn’t align with your personal goals. Going back to school would enable you to explore a new career interest or fulfil a lifelong career dream.
Learn Something New
As the adage goes, you are never too old to learn. Often, adults fool themselves into believing that education is wasted on them at their age, but that is not true; and frankly, having that kind of attitude sells your potential short. Gaining new knowledge and becoming cognizant of your potential makes the skies the limit for both your personal growth and your career goals.
Be More Qualified
It goes without saying that education is never a bad thing depending on the type of field you are choosing to pursue. Having a certificate, diploma or degree can increase your employability and, in some cases, be the difference in securing an interview.
Make More Money
According to a research study by the University of Ottawa published in June of 2016, higher education is linked to higher salaries almost regardless of the subject of study. The average salary for a college grad in 2005 was $33,990 – by 2013, that figure had grown by 59 per cent to reach a staggering $54,000.
- Career Fair Canada Team