Robertson College Celebrates Their 2018 Graduating Class at Upbeat Concert Hall Event

More than 1,000 excited Robertson College students and family members gathered at Winnipeg’s Centennial Concert Hall today to celebrate the hard work and dedication of the graduating class of 2018. It’s the 117th graduation ceremony held since the College was first established by Mrs. M. I. Robertson as a business school back in 1911. Since then, it’s become one of Manitoba’s leading private educational post-secondary institutions, offering courses in Business, Health Care and Information Technology. Robertson also has campuses in Calgary and Edmonton as well as a very extensive online campus.

For a majority of the grads, it’s not only an accomplishment, but a milestone. The focused and practical training at the College offers students the unique opportunity to be in a new career in as little as a year. The college also has one of the highest employment rates, with 89% finding work in their field within six months.

In the words of Health Care Aide grad Breanna Mueller, who was chosen to be the college’s Class Valedictorian: “Being a student at Robertson College has provided many, many great opportunities I’ll treasure forever: one of the big things being the friends I’ve made and the people at the school. Not only are you able to learn from your instructors, but also from your peers.”

The ceremony kicked off with a stirring address by Kathy Knight, CEO of the Information and Communications Technologies Association of Manitoba (ICTAM), followed by Mayor Brian Bowman’s video message to the students. As the ceremony drew to a close, students turned their tassels to mark the beginning of the next step in their new profession and life journey.

“It was a truly exciting day for both staff and students. We’re proud of our graduating class and their determination to build a better life for themselves. It’s never an easy road, but they persevered. As educators, we really can’t ask for more,” noted Keith McConnell, Vice President, Education & Student Experience, Robertson College.

Calgarian Awarded Robertson College's First Tara Ann Roe Memorial Scholarship

Gabriel Duarte Lopez, a student in the Community Support Worker program at Robertson College, has been awarded the first-ever Tara Ann Roe Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship awards up to $15,000 to an inspiring current or future student of the Community Support Worker Program at Robertson College Calgary.

Gabriel's parents emigrated from El Salvador to Canada when he was young. With his parents having to work multiple jobs to support the family, there was little time left over to help their children adjust and progress in their adopted country. Gabriel's interest in community support work sparked when he saw members of his own family struggle with illness and addiction. The experience motivated Lopez to look for a way to contribute to safer and healthier communities in support of people overcoming similar challenges.

"I remember feeling uncertain and scared about what was happening around me. We were struggling to support ourselves but we were doing our best. I wanted to see things improve for us. That's when I started to think about what I wanted to do with my life," says Gabriel.

The Tara Ann Roe Scholarship was established by Robertson College to honour community champion Tara Roe, who was one of the 58 people who tragically lost their lives on October 1, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Tara is remembered as a remarkable human being who was known for always putting the needs of others before her own. She was a dedicated and caring teacher's assistant for children with autism and often volunteered at community events.

"Tara led an extraordinary life. Her desire to give back to the community has touched us all. This scholarship is our way of keeping her legacy alive while giving back to the community. Robertson College is pleased to recognize Tara's legacy while also helping a young man give back to his community with newly learned skills," notes Dean Olsen, Campus Director, Robertson College Calgary.

Growing up, Gabriel may not have been equipped with the knowledge or maturity to help his family deal with their personal struggles but now he feels confident that his education will equip him with the knowledge and skills needed to assist families facing similar hurdles.

As his time at Robertson College draws to a close, Gabriel is already looking forward to the day when he can start helping others in his new career.

"With the knowledge and training that I received from Robertson, I feel that I have the ability and the skills to positively impact someone's life, just as Tara did. I hope to make a difference in people's lives."

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"

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.

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!