Thursday, October 16, 2014

5 Reasons Why College is The Right Choice

If you're coming out of high school, it's hard to avoid a certain bias against community college. University is seen as having prestige, while college is for those that couldn't make it there. The truth is, when you look at the world we live in, college is one of your best choices for getting your career going. Colleges are about putting down the textbook, getting your hands dirty, and learning life skills, for gainful employment. Here are five reasons why college may be right for you:

1) You need a job when it's all over.
According to StatsCan, the gap between adult and youth employment rates is high throughout Ontario, with Toronto's youth employment rate sitting at 43.5%. It's hard finding work right now, because everyone's looking. If you want to stand out, you'll need something to separate yourself from the scores of young people with bachelor's degrees. You need a shortcut, a way in, and that way is through the college system. That's because…

2) Colleges give you skills you'll actually use
That's how you distinguish yourself from the crowd: Anyone can be a learner, but you make yourself into someone who can actually use the things they've learned.

A pair of examples from Centennial College: If you wanted to go into media, you could go to a university to learn writing, theory, and best practices. However, if you attended the college's programs, you'd go to the Story Arts Centre, and have access to a working television studio, video, audio and post production facilities, and digital imaging labs with the latest software. More importantly, you'd learn how to use them, and produce content to put in your portfolio.

Another example: Say you want to be a nurse. You can study medical sciences at a university, or you can gain practical, on-the-ground experience at the Nursing Lab at Morningside Campus, designed to replicate a real hospital floor as accurately as possible, ensuring that you know exactly what you'll be doing when you graduate.

But not everyone has the foresight coming out of high school to pick that path. Fortunately, if that's the case, you haven't been locked out of the experience. That brings us to another advantage…

3) Colleges are perfect if you need an upgrade
If you've already gone down one post-secondary path, and have decided you need to pursue an alternative, colleges have you covered with a broad variety of graduate certificate programs. Short and affordable, they're designed for people that have already completed post-secondary education, and are looking to acquire a new set of practical skills, to make themselves employable. And speaking of employability…

4) Colleges can clear the path to employment for you. Take a moment and ask yourself: What does life after school look like to you? Job applications? Interviews? There's a way to cut to the front of the line.

Centennial College lets you cut the search out, with many of its programs geared towards getting students involved with employers before even entering the job market. Firstly, of course, there's the broad selection of co-op programs. On top of that, many of their programs have field placements built into them, letting you enter the workforce and develop a network before you even graduate. The school's Applied Research and Innovation Centre is also dedicated to getting students involved in research and development projects with outside companies.

That's the secret to employability: Networking. Getting an in with a company. If you're lucky, they'll hire you out of the program. And even if they don't, you have contacts, and a network to use. You've beat the rush. If this hasn't convinced you, there's one more factor…

5) You don't have to give that university education up. Believe it or not, you can have it both ways, thanks to their joint programs. You'll go to a University to learn the theoretical aspects, head to college to learn the practical side, and at the end of it all walk away with both a degree and a diploma. Currently, Centennial is partnered with the University of Toronto and Ryerson University for different programs. Get the university experience, get the college skills, and get employed today.

It's a tough job market out there, with the work only going to those who stand out. Colleges can make you leap out of the crowd, by giving you useable, practical skills, programs that fit your needs and a way to get directly involved in the job market you want to be in. If you're ready to work, they're ready to see you put to work. Have a look at what the college has to offer and get your career moving.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

College Students: It's not Just about Grades

Making the transition from high school to college can seem intimidating. Colleges in Toronto can be similar to high school in some ways, but very different in other, more important ways. Perhaps the largest immediate change a college student will face is the fact that your instructors don't monitor you anymore, no longer taking attendance or measuring tardiness. You have more independence, and more options for where and how you get your work done, because you're now expected to monitor your own life. But there's one more shift in behaviour you need to keep in mind, and that's the fact that your education is no longer solely about grades.

Make no mistake, grades are important, and you still need to make them to pass your courses, and get your credits and diploma. But don't get hung up on them, or on the difference between a 79 and an 80. Instead, focus on the learning experience itself, and what you can get out of it.

Think about it for a moment. Why do you go to college? The idea behind college is to make its students employable, to help them launch their careers by providing them with useful, practical, industry-relevant job skills. Getting a solid GPA isn't a guarantee of a career, and an employer will never ask you during a job interview what your final grades in school were. It's less about what you know, and more about what you know how to do. Your skills are what will get you the job and launch your career.

Centennial College understands that it's no longer about memorizing the multiplication tables, or analyzing Mark Twain. It's about showing you how to do things and giving you job skills. When you're done your education, you'll be entering the working world, starting a career, earning money and becoming an independent human being. College is about preparing you for that, making sure you have those job skills.

So when you study, don't simply do it to pass the test, to generate the correct answer on command, to earn the A+. Instead of focusing on passing the test, focus on learning. What are you getting out of this course? What will you need to know when you enter the working world? Pick up the skills first, and pass the test second, and understand that the school is there to provide you with a service, and not the other way around. You're not there to make a professor happy, or to serve the school. Rather, the school is there there to provide you with something valuable, and that's job and life skills.

Don't be afraid to venture outside the classroom, too. You're in your program because you're passionate about something, meaning you're surrounded by others who are also passionate. If you have an interest, there's a club or organization on campus for you. And while you're doing that, get to know your instructors. In college, they'll be industry professionals with real-life experience, and more importantly, connections. You can network with them, and get a leg up in your chosen industry. Similarly, get to know your classmates. They're looking to become the next generation of industry professionals, after all, and can form the foundation of your own professional network of contacts.

College doesn't have to be intimidating. You're on your own, with unprecedented independence, and the freedom to learn at your own place. The structure of high school is gone, and with it, the need to focus solely on grades. Think differently about how and why you're learning, and you'll leave college with the tools and experience you need to enter the next chapter of your life.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Education for the Student on the Go

Everyone has a right to education. It's one of our most basic needs. Even if you've already been through the post-secondary experience, there's plenty of reasons to continue that education. Maybe you're looking to upgrade your career, or get into a new field, or ensure your skills are current and relevant. Or maybe it's not about your job at all, and you simply want the personal satisfaction of picking up a new skill or hobby.

However, a good school recognizes that there may be simple, practical, but very much present barriers to getting that education. For one reason or another, some people aren't able to haul themselves to a classroom. That's why distance learning exists. You can get educated, and you can live your life enlightened. More importantly, you can do it at your own pace, and fit it around the rest of your life instead of the other way around.

Maybe your 9-5 is occupied with work that you don't want to give up, or even can't. Everyone's life is different, and maybe you've got too many commitments in yours. You have a career, you have a family that needs attending to, your health is an issue, or transportation is an problem. Or maybe your life got busy, and you feel like you need to put your education on hold. Either way, you're in a place where you'd like to be at school, but it just doesn't feel realistic given your circumstances. At Centennial College, we want you to receive the education you're entitled to, no matter your situation.

The program comes in two flavours. The first is online, where materials are made available and submitted through the internet, and you're connected to a 24-hour digital classroom. Or, if the virtual space isn't practical for you, and want to physically handle assignments, there's a correspondence, or print-based option, where course materials are sent to your address. A facilitator, or tutor, assists you with assignments, which can be mailed in or physically brought to the school.

Make no mistake, your still getting the full college education experience. This kind of education will still provide you with the benefits of a physical classroom, including being led by an instructor who comes with relevant industry experience, a hallmark of Centennial College. In fact, you can talk to them any time, by phone or by email, and you have 24-hour access to the online classroom while still being in the comfort of your own home, so you may, in fact, have an advantage. In addition, the difficulty of these classes has not been scaled down. While you can work from the comfort of your own home, you need to be focused, self-motivated and self-disciplined, able to work independently. The real advantage lies in your new ability to pace yourself. If you feel ahead of the game, speed it up. If it's difficult, slow it down.

So, if you're ready to keep learning, and want to take things at a pace more suited to your busy life, have a look at what the college has to offer, and get educated on your terms.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Financial Planning Program - First Step to become a Finance Professional

Are you aspiring to become a finance professional for your career? Looking out for a financial planning program in Canada? There are many colleges which offer such programs to individuals so that they can grow in their dream career aspect. Here in Canada, there is Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards who certifies an individual to become a Certified Financial Planner and start with your legal practice.

Here are few steps shown as how a student can can become a Financial Planner and get on for industry practice:

1. A certified planner has to deal with different people to help them in managing their finances while meeting their needs. If you wish to grow as Financial Planner, take up a Bachelor's Degree from reputed college in Canada. There are options for subject specialization such as:
  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Business Math
  • Insurance & Risk Management
  • Estate Planning
  • Income Tax
  • Retirement
  • Investments

Apart from Canada, there are many well-known colleges which offer Finance related courses that meets the requirements of being a professional finance planner. The subjects learnt are estate planning, financial planning, employee insurance & its benefits and few others.

2. Professional Financial Planning helps you to gain relevant experience along with offering you Financial Planning Certificate after which you can apply for Level 1 Financial Planning Examination Certificate & CFP Award. The prior one needs to be taken either in the month of July or November at test centers across the country. The paper contains questions persisting to the core-curriculum courses learnt for bachelor ate degree.

3. You must opt for Certified Financial Planner exam in the span of maximum five years after the program is completed. After this only, you are eligible to opt for exam and if you want to opt for this certificate, a criteria for three years of work experience is required.

4. CFP's Board Examination is a vital step while you're planning to become a professional in this field after opting for it. It is a 10 hours test which each student needs to appear for which is taken in March, July and November. This exam's form needs to be filled up online and consists of seven areas where any individual requires passing it on for each section. There are few tips and relevant information which is available over internet while you plan for taking up this exam. Once any individual passes this exam successfully, he or she is bound to get certificate adhering to the standard principles to fetch CFP Award.

5. After CFP certificate comes the Level 2 Financial Planning Examination (FPE 2) for which FPE1 Certificate and with that one year of three years of planner's experience in the industry is required for being qualified for the exam.

After you get passed through all these exams including three years of work experience, you may apply for FPSC for CSP Certification.

Exploring Diverse Career Options While Obtaining the Eligibility Criteria - Time to Think

So, you have just completed your high school, and are now looking at various courses that prospective colleges offer. However, deep down you know that you still have to cover a lot and obtain eligibility to apply for the chosen courses.

Or you may want to take some more time to explore various career options that arts and science fields have to offer. You may also want to identify your specific interests while understanding the skills requirement for a particular career.

Most students enter universities or colleges without knowing what they want to do in their lives and what they like to study. And they regret their decision later in life. It's a great idea to enroll in a general arts and science course, in order to bridge the knowledge gap and explore your interests and career options, instead of just getting into any course. Don't be afraid to take this step, as later on you will realize how important it was for you to build a career in a field that you loved the most.

The reasons for choosing a program in general arts and sciences can be endless. But Centennial College can help you reach every single goal of yours. Whether you're interested in earning credits for college studies, exploring your interests, or just seeking expert guidance for your career in a related field, the program makes the right choice for you. Here are three reasons why you may want to consider this program:

1.It drives you towards academic success.

As the learning takes place in a college environment, it becomes more enjoyable. The reason being, you have access to more advanced resources, such as library, computer labs, and expert counselling. You learn in a friendly environment. Your instructors no longer treat you as school kids. They don't monitor you yet they offer immediate help and support whenever you need. While refining your concepts in humanities, social sciences, psychology, communications, arts and sociology, you also grow personally.

2.You have the choice and convenience to choose the program length.

You may be thinking if it is possible to choose the program length. Believe it or not, Centennial gives you complete freedom to choose the program duration. Actually, it depends on your future goals. The general arts program runs for two semesters and the duration depends upon what career path you want to choose and what GPA you need to enter a college arts or science program.

3.The general arts program can lead you to the right career path.

Take a moment and ask yourself: How many people around you are happy with their careers? They keep complaining about why they couldn't pursue what they loved to do. Do you want to see yourself standing there after a couple of years? It is very well possible to build a career in an area that you love the most. There is a way to explore your interests and pursue them.

Centennial College has strong student support structure to provide help with both personal and academic concerns. The faculty at the school of advancement are skilled and dedicated to help you reach your goals.

For example: Say you want to pursue a career in hospitality. The industry offers several diverse fields, such as restaurant operations, travel and tourism, heritage and culture tourism, kitchen management, catering, festival and conference and so on. In what area do you want to work?

Most students coming out of high school are unaware of the diverse career paths that a particular sector offers. Fortunately, the general arts program offers you the foresight to pick the right path.