Monday, April 23, 2018

Get Ahead in Accounting, Payroll and Administrative Roles

At Robertson College, we offer over 15 business programs, available in class and online, that you can complete in less than a year!

According to Randstad, there are currently 1.8 million office and administrative professionals working in Canada - and that number keeps growing. The latest census shows that there was an increase of 4,270 new administrative jobs in the sector, which is a sure sign that office staff are needed now more than ever.

Here is a list of Resources for Accounting Payroll Administrators and Administrative Professionals (that will help you feel like a pro!):

Podcasts, Tutorials and Additional Resources

Podcasts are easy and informative to listen to and tutorials are great tools for visual learners. Give some of these a try:


Not only does reading help you relax, it also sharpens the mind. Some great Canadian reads to help get you started include:


Most major accounting firms and companies have blogs that will help you learn quick tips and tricks, and inspire your next career move. In addition to the Robertson Reader, here are some great accounting blogs:


Network, network, network, and then network some more. Get your name out there and see if groups similar to the ones listed below are right for you:

Accounting Payroll Administrators and Administrative Professionals alike need to stay on top of industry trends. Being tech savvy gives you an advantage, and knowing Trends in the Administrative Field gives you an edge. But, being knowledgeable about the accounting sector as a whole can make or break you when seeking employment.

If these links peak your interest, a career as an Accounting and Payroll Administrator or Administrative Professional might be right for you. Programs are starting soon, contact us for more information.

Source: Randstad "Best Office and Admin Jobs in 2018"

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The 6 Best Things about being a Legal Assistant

Legal Assistants play an essential role in law firms and legal departments. From legal transcription to managing legal office procedures, their challenging work is vital to the successful operation of any law office or legal department.  Successful Legal Assistants must have administrative and communication skills as well as the ability to prepare legal transcriptions, legal documents, maintain documents and client files.

Here are the 6 Best things about being a Legal Assistant: 

1. Competitive Salary
The average Legal Assistant’s wage in Canada ranges from $30,000-$60,000* – and that’s not including bonuses, overtime or benefits! Depending on the type of firm you are working for and your experience, your pay could rise quite fast.  

2. Career Prospects
Legal Assistants learn a wide variety of skills, including writing, researching and drafting, making their skills valuable in many work environments.

Having a legal background allows you to move into other industries easily, as employers recognize the standards associated with careers in the legal field. Not only are career prospects vast for Legal Assistants, it’s also a stable career move with plenty of advancement opportunities. 

3. In-Demand Skills
Legal Assistants perform a broad range of tasks necessary to all law firms. Due to tight deadlines and the high degree of accuracy required for all legal documents, Legal Assistants develop time management, attention to detail and organizational skills. Successful Legal Assistant,  have strong administrative and communication skills, as well as the ability to prepare legal transcription and documents, and maintain documents and client files.

You can become a Legal Assistant in just a few months with Robertson College’s Legal Assistant program – available online and on-campus! 

4. Intellectual Challenge
Legal Assistant work involves a broad range of high-level skills. Attention to detail and accuracy are a must, and most successful Legal Assistants are natural problem-solvers and innovative thinkers.  Inevitably, Legal Assistants become subject matter experts in their specified area, master legal procedures and research, and stay on top of continuously changing laws. A career as a Legal Assistant yields way for variety and new challenges on a daily basis. 

5. Evolving Profession
Legal Assistants are part of a fast-growing and evolving profession. Law firms need Legal Assistants in order to be more efficient with clients – especially in the delivery of legal services. Hiring a skilled Legal Assistant means law firms are able to minimize costs while keeping clients happy. 

6. Job Satisfaction
Legal Assistants perform complex and challenging work. They are not lawyer’s assistants, in fact, they often move on to leadership roles in law firms, open independent businesses, and even go to law school. In all aspects of the job, Legal Assistants are respected members of all legal teams.

Whether you are looking for full-time, part-time, client contact, an intellectual challenge or the opportunity to help others, a career as a Legal Assistant can take you there.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Turn Your Dreams of Working in a Veterinary Office into Reality!

Are you passionate about helping animals? Join us on March 22, 2018 at the Calgary Hillhurst campus for a free 1-hour information session on our Veterinary Office and Technical Assistant program.

You will have an opportunity to sit in on one of our classes with our instructor, Jeni Liggett. 2 cats will be present in class with us that day as we cover "Animal Husbandry".

The information session is free to attend and is open to anyone interested in learning more about the work of a Veterinary Office & Technical Assistant, what the program is like and what career opportunities exist.

Date: Thursday, March 22, 2018 
Time: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Robertson College Hillhurst Campus, 417 14th Street NW, Calgary
Host: Jeni Liggett, Veterinarian & VOTA Instructor

Hurry, seating is limited! RSVP by clicking here.

If you aren't able to make the event but would like to learn more, don't hesitate to contact us. We're here to help!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Enjoy a Massage to Support the Cerebral Palsy Association of Manitoba!

Whoever said you couldn't do something for yourself while paying it forward?

Join our Student Massage Clinic in their efforts to raise funds for the Cerebral Palsy Association of Manitoba (CPAM). From March 19-23, 2018, all proceeds from our clinic will be donated to support individuals with cerebral palsy.

To book your appointment click here or give us a call at 204.326.8388

Cerebral Palsy (CP) affects 1 in 400 individuals in Canada and is, often,  a result of a brain injury in a developing infant before, during or soon after birth. Since it isn't a disease, there is no cure. The Cerebral Palsy Association of Manitoba is a nonprofit organization, governed by a board of members consisting of volunteers, that assist individuals with CP and those interested in working with people affected by CP in every way possible. It offers information, referrals, support, advocacy and use of its library to its members.

Whether you or a loved one are in need of a therapeutic treatment or a relaxing massage, our qualified Massage Therapy students will work with your individual needs. For just $25, you get a 75 minute hands-on massage, an initial assessment, an understanding of your health history, and helpful home-care that can help prolong the benefits of your massage.

And you could do all this while supporting a great cause!

Call us to book your appointment, today!

Friday, March 09, 2018

Myths About Elder Care

It is a well known fact that our population is aging. According to Statistics Canada, 25% of the population in 2036 will be over the age of 65. As more people age, they will require care and medical assistance administered by health care professionals.

That means there will be more jobs in the Health Care industry, and more resources will be allotted to care for our seniors. As our workforce gears up for this change, it important that we debunk some common myths about elder care.

Elder Care is Boring: While elder care is not typically suited for Type A personalities with a 'go go go!' attitude, it doesn't mean that it is not a demanding job. People, in this case your senior clients, don't stop living their life just because they need medical attention. Seniors need an active lifestyle too. In fact, some would argue that they may need it more than the younger population. Many of your clients will continue to live their active lifestyle through fitness memberships and recreational sports. It is your job to ensure their schedule remains intact.

Caregivers are Chosen by Clients: Families are very involved when it comes to caring for a loved one. So the decision of bringing in a caregiver largely depends on the client as well as their family's feelings towards a Health Care professional. You will also find yourself being assessed by the client's health care specialists and friends. So, it's always advised that you put your best foot forward!

Health Care Professionals Don't Care: There's definitely no denying that reports of elder abuse are horrifying, however, they are rare. Most Healthcare providers eventually become close friends of the family. Private Companies and Health Authorities are very through with their background checks and do not hire individuals that aren't qualified to do the job. Moreover, employees often go through compassion and sensitivity training during their academic as well as professional journey.

Have you been considering a career in elder care? Get the qualifications and training you need to start your career in Health Care today.  Call or email us to discuss the possibilities a Robertson diploma or certificate could open for you.