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15Mar

Why Should You Enroll Yourself In Part-Time Courses?

If you are currently working to earn your living but still have passion towards studies, don’t worry, part-time courses are for individuals like you. No matter you are in your teens or forties, everyone has a right to education and learning is a journey that never stops. Canadian colleges that offer part-time courses are not just focused on high schools students or graduates, but offers a curriculum for people from all walks of life. These learning programs are especially designed for working individuals that are generally working or are from overseas.

Some reasons to enroll in part-time curriculum are:

1. You are currently working

One of the simple reason behind admission in such course is that you are working to earn your living and don’t have enough of time to attend regular classes. The other reason may be that can individual can’t afford to leave his job for the sake of study. If you have a family to take care of and your job is the only source of income, then you can opt for attending part-time classes. They are comparatively affordable and can be attended on a weekend or evenings.

2. Your job demand new skills

With lots of talented individuals moving around, it’s quite tough to survive in a same company for years. There is a lot more need to evolve yourself with your job profile to maintain your current position in an organization. A focused part-time program that tends to improve your knowledge in your area of expertize can turn out to be helpful in developing new skills.

3. You want success in career

Want to keep yourself advanced than others? Then, getting an extra certificate or accreditation related to your job scope can help in providing an edge over your competitors. Moreover, the employees that undertake a part-time course are considered more knowledgeable and advanced than others. There are some firms that offer financial aid and support during studies, and after the course gets completed, the employee is offered a promotion too.

4. You want to learn something new

Many a times, a person is on a job, but is still not satisfied with his position. This happens with almost everyone. People often doesn’t think much about their career goals and realize afterward that their interest is in some other profile. If you don’t like your current job and watch to switch to some other platform, then part-time learning courses can help you to adapt new skills in an easy way.

These are the few reasons to indulge yourself in part time classes. If you are passionate to study after your job hours, then consider enrolling in Citi College’s part-time programs.

10Feb

How Studying Business Administration Will Enhance Your Career

BA or Business Administration offers pupils with a comprehensive understanding of all the important topics related to economics, business finance, and marketing. The most important advantage of studying in BA is that it provides opportunity for students to undertake work placement and professional projects.

Studying Business Administration is a good investment for motivated and ambitious persons who want to make their career in different business fields. Completing a degree in BA can help you advance up the career ladder. If you want to know more about business administration and other courses, get in touch with us at Citi College in Toronto and Mississauga.

06Jun

8 Proven Keys to Success at Job Fairs

8 Proven Keys to Success at Job Fairs

A visit to a career fair should be an integral part of every candidate’s job search strategy.  Not only will it help you network but also help in making positive impressions, and learn about the companies that you wish to work for. Here are 8 proven strategies to get closer to your dream job.

1: Do your homework beforehand. Many job fairs allow you to pre-register for the event, mostly online and some even allow you to submit your resume. A well-prepared visitor is always impressive to recruiters.

 2: Research participating companies. You can look up participating companies and research those you wish to interview with. Thus you can be well prepared to engage in conversation when you do visit their booths.

 3: Carry a portfolio with extra copies of your resume. Bring multiple copies of resumes to the fair as you may come across opportunities to leverage multiple interests or job objectives.

 4: Dress sharp. First impressions are critical. Think of the career fair as a mock interview and dress accordingly. Professional, business attire in neutral colors like black or gray are recommended. And never forget the three Es – Eye contact, Enthusiasm and Eagerness.

 5: Practice your elevator pitch.  On the big day, you may only have two to three minutes to market yourself brilliantly. To make the most of your time, develop a one-minute elevator pitch that highlights who you are, what your goals are, and what you have to offer.

 6: Network with everyone. Career fairs are all about building relationships.  Of course, you want to network with the recruiters but also remember to network with your fellow job-seekers in terms of job leads, sharing contacts, their strategies and helpful hints.

 7: Ensure no dead-ends in conversations. When wrapping up your conversations with each representative, show your interest and enthusiasm by asking about next steps; including submitting an online application, the recruiting process and future opportunities.

8: Follow-up with all key recruiters. It is important to follow-up with your job fair contacts. A simple way is to write a thank you note within 24 hours and thank the recruiter for his/her time, remind them where you met and restate your interest and qualifications.

25Feb

Citi College Blog

STUDIES-WORK-LIFE BALANCE – Tips for Staying in Balance

More than ever before, Canadians play many different roles in their lives. They are workers, parents, spouses, friends, caregivers of elderly relatives and volunteers in their communities. They must also make room in their lives for taking care of their own physical and mental well-being.

Not surprisingly, achieving balance among all these competing priorities can be difficult.

Study

  • Schedule brief breaks for yourself throughout the day. Taking even a 10-minute break every two hours will increase productivity, and you will get work more
  • Protect your private time by turning off social media, internet electronic communications. Don’t be a slave and victim to them 24/7.

Work

  • At the end of each day, set your priorities for the following day. Be realistic about what you can achieve in the time you have available.
  • Make a distinction between work and the rest of your life.

Home

  • Create a buffer between work and home. After work, take a brief walk, do crossword puzzle or listen to some music before beginning the evening’s routine.
  • Decide what chores can be shared or let go. Determine which household chores are critical and which can be done by someone else. Let the rest go.
  • Exercise! Even if it’s only for 15 minutes at a time, you’ll feel more energized.
  • Create and implement a household budget. Start by setting aside some money from each paycheque for the future use.

In Your Community

  • Make choices. Social, community and volunteer obligations pull us in many
  • Choose the ones that are most fulfilling and learn to say “no” to the rest
17Feb

5 Steps to Develop Your Personal Brand for Lasting Career Success

5 Steps to Develop Your Personal Brand for Lasting Career Success

Our lives are the result of what we “absorb,” what we “comprehend” and how we “excel” based on that information. We call it the ACE Principle. Let’s see how it applies to personal branding for career success.

The many challenges that you face while seeking job openings can be resolved by developing a strong brand. A personal brand makes you noticed for all the right reasons, reinforces your strengths and give the employer ample reasons to hire you.

When you Absorb: Personal branding is the most powerful self-marketing strategy for achieving career success. It differentiates you so you can get noticed and hired. Branding makes you more memorable. Remember, the Nike Swoosh and the McDonald’s golden arches stand out in memory even through clutter.

What you Comprehend: Branding is not about getting your target market to choose you over the competition. It is about getting your prospects to see you as the ‘”only one that provides a solution to their challenge or fills an immediate need.” For instance, instead of posting numerous resumés online, create a compelling online presence and optimize it, so that recruiters will not only find you, but want to interview you. Change the rules of the game, attract your audience, instead of pursuing them.

How you can Excel: Here are five proven steps to building your authentic personal brand.

  1. Self-Reflection. Before you start, you need to know what you’re beginning with. Take a moment and write down your top three attributes/selling points/unique strengths. If you can get an employer to associate three positive traits with your application, you will easily rise to the top of the applicant pool.
  2. Continuous Learning. Always stay on the cutting edge. You can add a degree or a certificate to your existing credentials. Seek out a mentor who can advise you. If you are already employed, check with your employer to see if there is a budget to support your professional development.
  3. Consistent Marketing Strategy. Everything you do, or choose not to do, can communicate the value of your brand. The resumés and cover letters that you format; the emails you send; the words you speak; the clothes you wear, the way you conduct yourself in meetings … everything matters.
  4. Build Relationships. Keep in good contact with your network and always make sure your network knows of any recent successes. Search out new professional associations or online communities to add to your network. Find opportunities to weave your personal mission into conversation with your network.
  5. Follow-Up. Good follow-up will create a positive association with your brand. Return employers’ calls immediately (establishes trust). Respond to all requests (shows responsibility). Write a thank-you note after an interview (demonstrates courtesy). Write acceptance/decline letters upon accepting/rejecting a job.

Evolving Brand. Building your personal branding is a constant thing and should continue to evolve  throughout your career. Remember, a successful brand is all about demonstrating your unique value to prospective employers and getting recognized, chosen and rewarded for it.

There is only one unique you in the entire world. Now let the world know about that!

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