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5 Ways to Make the Most of Online Learning in Career College Programs

If you want to get back to school but are worried about managing the commitments you already have on the go, online learning might just be for you. Taking courses online can allow you greater flexibility and room to balance your work and family life with your studies, giving you the convenience to complete coursework from your own home. The online format may take some getting used to, but you’ll be in a great position for success once you get the hang of it!

You might not have originally considered taking online courses the moment when you decided to return to school, but they can absolutely help you build the future you want. Here’s how online learning can boost your educational experience.

Make a Schedule so that You Know What Needs to Get Done When

For any student taking online courses, this format demands greater self-motivation, concentration, and discipline. It also means you’ll need to manage your time extremely well if you want to transform your professional life. To ensure you stay on top of your coursework, try building a study schedule and follow it. Having this kind of structure will make it easier for you to engage with the online learning environment and stay focused.

Set Up a Space in Your Home to Commit to Completing Your Studies

Taking classes online at home while studying at a career college can be convenient, but it can also leave room open for distractions. As such, it’s a great idea for you to have a space in your house set up strictly for your studies during your journey in online learning. Be sure that this space is neat and tidy, and in an area of your home with little to no noise. Designating an area of your home for this purpose will provide an incentive for you to get things done!

Having a dedicated study space can incentive you to get your work done

Having a dedicated study space can incentive you to get your work done

Ask Lots of Questions—Your Instructors Are There to Help!

Connecting with your online instructors during your course will be a big help, as you’ll know where to turn when you need assistance. Be sure to ask plenty of questions! For example, our Integrated Learning System (ILS) helps it stand out among colleges in Ontario by offering students support from a Learning Coaches. With any questions or concerns you may have with your online learning, remember that our learning coaches are there to help!

Minimize Distractions so You Can Finish Tasks Quickly

To maintain momentum during your studies, it’s important to minimize distractions. Letting distractions get the better of you can be a hindrance to both your work ethic and the quality of your assignments. Find ways to structure your study space so that you won’t have other things, like a smartphone, grabbing your attention.

Doing Career College Programs Online Also Means Finding Balance

While it’s a must for students in career college programs to invest their time and energy into their online learning, it’s just as important to avoid burning out. To find a strong balance between your academic life and personal life, set time limits for completing your coursework, and make time for breaks while studying. Step away from your desk for a bit and go for a walk before returning to your studies. You’ll want to succeed with online learning, but you shouldn’t stretch yourself too thin while doing it!

Do you want to use online learning to pursue your passion?

Your career awaits.

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Unemployed? Here Are 6 Things You Should Do.

Being unemployed is one of those things that feels awesome and terrifying at the same time. Awesome because you don’t have to get up early every day and you haven’t had so much free time in ages. Terrifying because you have no income and money runs out so fast.

There will probably be periods of employment and periods of unemployment in every person’s life. No matter what the circumstances are, your best option is always to make the most of it. Here are some things you can do to make your unemployment less terrifying and more valuable.

1. Keep A Regular Day-to-Day Schedule

Don’t get too comfortable binging watch your favorite TV shows. As tempting as permanently moving into your sweatpants may seem, keeping a regular schedule is one way to stay productive and focused. While unemployed, if you continue to start your day early, you are more likely to get more things done. Also, keeping up with day to day tasks will help you stay active and less likely to become depressed.

2. Consider Temporary Jobs

One of the easiest ways to bridge the employment gap is to find temporary contract work or work with a temp agency. Since you don’t have a 9 – 5 job now, why not take on a temporary assignment? The key is to get people to see your work and to see what you’re capable of. Find something that you’re good at or interested in, if you do a great job, whoever hired you is more likely to connect you to a permanent position.

There are numerous contract works, temp work agencies, or online jobs that you could tap on with your free time. Even if this is not a permanent solution, you will be in a better position financially while you search for something permanent.

3. Take A Career Training Course

A good way to move forward is to for ways to increase your transferable skills. Keeping your brain sharp can help you stay focused and learn some new job skills. When you take a class in your field, you are also showing that you are serious about your work and that you take initiative.

Look for courses or programs you could take, especially the ones designed for career advancement. You’ll be more qualified for new positions with extra training in your next line of work. Refreshing your resume, and interview and job skills will also make your next job hunt easier.

3. Volunteer

No matter what industry you’re in, volunteer work makes you more marketable. When you volunteer, it shows that you are passionate and willing to contribute. When companies hire, they are looking not only for people who can get the job done but also for people with character and integrity.

Volunteering is an excellent way to spend your free time when you’re unemployed. If you volunteer in an area related to your job qualifications, you can often include the experience on your resume for your next job search.

4. Re-organize Your Life

Unemployment is an excellent opportunity to get your life re-organized. Start running that marathon you’ve always wanted to try, devote into your family spring cleaning, go through old boxes, attend all your children’s school practices and performances, and get rid of the things you don’t need in the house. Streamlining your life will help you see your heart more clearly, encourage you to dive into the next chapter of your life, and make your unemployed time spent more productively.

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As the largest career college in Canada with 50 campuses across the country, we attribute the growth in our success to identifying the gap between the formal education available and the realities of the working world. We fulfill the needs of learners by developing customized programs for each student while meeting the requirements for convenient and effective training at an affordable cost.

Browse our program list and find the best program that suits your needs.

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3 Signs You’re Ready to Consider Our Career College Programs

The stereotype of single-career life is swiftly changing in this modern world. More and more people are having two or more careers throughout their lives. A person is no longer obliged to stick out a career that they’re no longer interested in, and there are many resources available to support this change if desired. There are many reasons why you might make the decision to change career paths: personal growth, a desire to challenge yourself, wanting a better work-life balance, or just unhappiness and boredom.

If you want to change careers, there are schools available to support you in your journey. How do you know if you’re ready for such a big transition? Here are three signs that you might be ready to consider changing careers.

You Don’t Feel Passionate About Your Current Career

If you are no longer invested or interested in the daily bustle of your job, it could be time to initiate a change. If you find yourself shirking away from decision-making or agreeing with things you normally wouldn’t, apathy may have set into your professional life.

Another symptom of professional apathy is no longer being proud or passionate about your work. If others ask you about your job and you don’t feel inclined to speak about it at all, it could be time for a change. If you don’t feel like talking about the projects you’re involved with at work, your professional path might have lost its appeal. Luckily, there are colleges in Brampton and more that can assist in this transition. This could be the moment when a career change could leave you feeling energized and passionate about your work again.

You’re no Longer Learning and Feel Stuck in Your Current Position

Careers are central to a person’s growth and development and can help to stoke a person’s curiosity and drive towards knowledge. If you find that you navigate your workday on autopilot, fulfilling your duties through muscle memory and not feeling curious, there’s a good chance you’re no longer learning and that you might not be reaching your full potential.

Being involved in a professional career that’s stimulating and energizing, and that enables constant learning, can make a real difference in a person’s life. If you’re no longer learning from your job, it might be time to look into our career college programs.

You’re Looking Into Career College Programs

If you’ve started to research whether or not the decision to enroll in a career college program is right for you, chances are it’s something you’ve been thinking about a lot. If you’re unhappy with your current career path, looking into alternative options is worthwhile. When people are happy with their careers, their happiness in other facets of their lives increases as well, improving their overall quality of life.

Are you ready to begin a new stage of your life? 

Your career awaits. Call us today at 905-273-6788.

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Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG) Application is now open

Are you a post-secondary student or recent graduate? Do you want to help with COVID-19 response and give back to your community this summer? Do you want to build your resume and earn a grant this Fall?

What is CSSG?

The Government of Canada has recently created the Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG), a program that will provide thousands of qualified post-secondary students with learning and volunteer opportunities to address relevant COVID-19 challenges at Canadian not-for-profits during summer 2020. Students participating will be eligible to apply for a grant, which will provide up to $5,000 to be used towards post-secondary education costs. The grant is based on the number of validated volunteer hours completed between June 25, 2020 and October 31st, 2020. Student volunteers receiving the Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) ($1,250 monthly) are also eligible to apply for a CSSG.

The new Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG) aims to encourage young people to take part in service activities that will help them support their communities’ COVID-19 response and gain invaluable experience.  

Administered by WE Charity, the CSSG is a one-time payment available at five levels, ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. The amount will vary based on the number of hours each volunteer completes, with $1,000 provided for each 100 hours completed, up to a maximum of $5,000 for 500 hours.

Eligibility

To be eligible to participate in a CSSG opportunity, a person must:

  • be enrolled and attending a part-time or full-time post-secondary education (PSE) during Spring/Summer 2020 and/or Fall 2020 at an accredited institution; or
  • have graduated from PSE no earlier than December 2019; and
  • be a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, First Nations, Métis or Inuit, or have Refugee status; and
  • confirm they are able to participate in the CSSG if they are under 18 years of age by allowing us to contact their parent or guardian via email

To be eligible to receive the CSSG grant at the completion of the volunteer opportunity, a person must:

  • be a post-secondary student or recent graduate, 30 years of age or younger by December 31st, 2020, who meets the eligibility criteria including the required number of volunteer service hours
  • not be an international student or a person who has or is currently receiving the CERB ($2,000 monthly)

To apply for the Canada Student Service Grant , please call us at 905-273-6788 or email min@aolmississauga.com. We are ready to help you with the whole application process.

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Video Interviewing Tips For Candidates

Video interviews can be advantageous for candidates and in some cases can be as effective as the ‘in-person’ interview. The interview may take place either at the candidate’s home, a nearby company office, via a webcam provided by the employer or at an off-site location via webcam. If the employer supplies the webcam it will be accompanied with full instructions on its use.

The key to success, as with every interview, is an awareness of procedures and thorough preparation. A video interview is no different to a ‘proper’ interview. The candidate’s responses will be assessed as they would for a face-to-face interview.

If you are invited to attend a video interview, typically held via Skype, the following tips will help you to perform to the best of your ability:-

Prepare thoroughly : As you would for an ‘in-person’ interview, prepare for your interview in detail. Review the job spec, research the company, prepare a list of responses to typical interview questions, review your CV and prepare questions for the employer. If anything, your preparation should be more thorough than usual. The interview is being recorded leaving no room for misinterpretation or a vague recollection of your answers.

Choose your timing : Check the time difference if relevant for your video interview and try to arrange a time that suits you where possible. For example, if you are not a morning person request an interview early evening.

Ensure everything is in working order : If the interview is being carried out on your own equipment double check everything, including your microphone and your internet connection. If necessary, purchase a separate webcam rather than rely on the sometimes distorted sound and vision that comes from the built-in system of your laptop. Carry out a test run with a friend who will provide you with uncompromising feedback on how you sound – and your visual position.

Double check your surroundings : Ensure a neutral and uncluttered backdrop, which may mean removing books and files for the duration of the interview. Your intention is to keep the interviewer firmly focused on you, not on your collection of books.

Agree how to handle a pause : Internet connections drop out, screens freeze. Candidates should agree upfront with the interviewer on how to handle any problems arising during the interview.

Refer to your CV if necessary : Keep an online copy easily accessible as well as a printed copy for your reference. This will enable you to quickly highlight points in your career history which are relevant to the vacancy and share them via Skype. It is also useful to have online links to your portfolio ready to share during your interview.

Dress professionally : Irrespective of the time of day, always dress for a formal interview Wear a suit and stick to neutral colours – patterns may be distorted on a video screen. Again, if in doubt, ask a friend or colleague to carry out a trial run and provide candid feedback on your onscreen appearance.

Be confident : Be aware that you may be talking to more than one interviewer, even if you cannot see them. Speak clearly and express enthusiasm. A mumbled answer during a video interview does not project confidence.

Be aware of body language : The normal body language indications such as a firm handshake are lost in a video interview. Candidates can, however, maintain an upright posture, smile and engage eye contact to compensate for what is missing. For jobs where interaction with colleagues takes place regularly online, the video interview is an opportunity to display how comfortable you are in handling technology. Please also see the note on eye contact below.

Record your own interview : If you aren’t successful with your application, recording your interview will enable you to assess your performance and make your own notes on how to improve in future video interviews.

Always follow-up after your video interview : Follow-up after a video interview is perhaps more important than it is after an in-person interview. Send an e-mail expressing your gratitude to the interviewer for their time and reiterating your interest in the vacancy. Cover the points where you felt your experience was relevant and your skills were a strong match for the position.

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How to Learn Effectively During Covid 19

Having deadlines and exams coming soon? Don’t worry, here are 10 effective learning methods for you to get ready during Covid 19.

Study Alone

Unless you’ve got a couple of friends who are super-serious about getting down to business, stay away from group study sessions because they tend to get off-topic pretty quickly. Save the social time till after you’ve handed in your test.

Create Your Perfect Study Area

The place where you study should be quiet, comfortable and free from distractions. Go to your room, close the door and kill as many distractions as possible – like music, television, and even the internet and your phone. If you don’t have your own room that you can sneak away to, consider studying at the library instead

Get it All Out

Your study materials, that is. Before you dig in, make sure you have all your books, notes, study guides and writing utensils in front of you. Don’t give yourself another excuse to get up and rummage around.

Turn Your Notes into Flash Cards

Now that you’ve got all your notes in front of you, open up a pack of index cards. As you read through the important facts, rewrite them in Q&A form on the cards. For instance: to study historical facts, write the historical fact on one side of the card and the key details on the other side. To study geometry formulas, right the name of the formula on one side and the formula itself on the other side

Snack Healthy While You Study

If you want to stay sharp while you study, stay away from junk food. Instead, snack on studying-friendly foods like dark leafy greens, whole grains, peanut butter, milk and seafood. Feeling sluggish? Caffeine or energy drinks won’t help you in the long run. Get your energy boost instead by eating a banana or an apple

Narrow it Down

If you try to study every single thing your teacher’s ever said, you’ll go crazy. Instead, focus on the most important topics. If you’re not sure what those are, read the study guide (if there is one), or ask your classmates. Once you’ve nailed down the important stuff, if there’s still time left before the test, you can move onto the finer details

Take a Break

Your brain can only take so much hard work at one time. For every hour that you study, take about 15 minutes to do something mindless, like taking a walk, listening to music or playing a computer game. (You can even take a 15-minute nap, if you’re confident you can wake yourself up at the end of it.) It’ll keep your stress level down and give your brain a chance to let all that information sinks in.

Put Yourself to the Test

Once you’ve got your set of flash cards, test yourself with them. If you don’t trust yourself not to cheat, give the cards to your parents and have them test you. Don’t stop till you’ve made it through the whole stack without any mistakes. And be sure to bring your flash cards to school with you on the day of the test: you’ll be amazed at how much more you can retain if you run through the cards right before your teacher hands out the test packet

Get Some Sleep

You might be tempted to pull an all-nighter, but if you do, you’ll only be hurting your chances of getting an A. Get a full 8 hours of sleep so your brain is in good shape on test day

Study All Semester Long

It’s tempting to hold off on studying till the last minute, especially if you tell yourself that anything you try to memorize earlier on won’t really stay in your brain. That’s not true. Take some time throughout the semester to review all of your notes and re-read important passages in your text book. It might seem tedious, but it’ll really keep all those facts in your brain on test day .

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Second Career: Get Skills-training and Financial Support When You Qualify

What Second Career gives you

You can get new skills – those needed for jobs in demand now – and financial support when you qualify for Second Career.

Apply for up to $28,000 for costs including:

  • tuition
  • books
  • manuals, workbooks or other instructional costs
  • transportation
  • basic living allowance (maximum $410 per week)
  • child care

How you qualify for Second Career

As a start, you qualify for Second Career when:

  • you have been laid off and have not been working
  • you have been laid off and are working a temporary job just to cover costs

If you’re receiving Employment Insurance (EI), or have in the past, you can still apply.

When preparing your application, you also have to show:

  • how long you have been unemployed, or working your temporary job, and looking for work
  • places you have applied and positions you have applied for (e.g. cover letters, CV and responses from potential employers)
  • what level of education you reached
  • where you worked before, for how long and what skills you needed for that work
  • what skills you want to get and where you can get trained in them
  • information showing the skills and job you want to train for are in demand

What you pay into Second Career

When you apply to Second Career, you have to show the costs to be covered during training.

You may have to pay part of these costs yourself. The amount you’ll have to pay is based on several things, starting with your gross (before tax) household income.

Financial information

You must provide information about:

  • your income
  • your household income (e.g. spouse)
  • current expenses

School information

You must research at least three training institutions to make sure they offer the training you need. Make sure to include:

  • at least one college of applied arts and technology
  • at least one private career college

Job market information

You must show that the skills you want to get – and the work you want to do – are needed by employers. This can be shown through:

  • job postings
  • news of future job opportunities (e.g. office expansion, new company)

Applying to Second Career

You are at the right place! We are here to assist you with Second Career evaluation and application. Please call us at 905-273-6788 to make an appointment. 100% free service.

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Staying at Home During Covid19 But keep Learning

Now the world is going through unprecedented times because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many people are out of work, some are working from home, and others are going out everyday as a part of the essential services workforce. All of them are balancing the multiple responsibilities of putting food on the table and providing care for children, seniors, and those who are sick, or in isolation.

While the doors of our home are closed, we are doing our best to keep windows of learning open. Here are still some things we can do to keep learning during Covid19 Pandemic.

Take Online Courses

As the saying goes, ‘Live and learn’. Learning is a lifelong process no matter what stage you are at. There are many online courses you can take during the COVID19 Pandemic. One of the best choice is to learn at our college – Academy of Learning College Mississauga campus.

What’s so good in us?

For more than 30 years with over 50 Academy of Learning® College campuses, Academy of Learning’s focal point has always been and continues to be the student. It provides methods of learning that will fulfill students’ needs, as well as the requirements of today’s competitive job market. We have helped learners successfully complete over one million training courses and successfully landed on their dream jobs.

Academy of Learning Career College continues to meet adult learners’ changing needs by leveraging technology to offer an innovative method of learning – virtual learning. Students have the opportunity to learn and participate in a Virtual Classroom and participate in a live session with their instructor every day. Students also master the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in their future careers through online digital media, textbooks, and software programs. A community of like-minded learners who are also changing their lives is just a click away!

In more recent years, Academy of Learning® Career College adopted “e-learning” technology as an extension of the Integrated Learning™ System. Students complete course materials presented within a comprehensive Academy Online system. This system incorporates online presentations, tutorials and media that combine with access to instructional materials, simulated labs, exercises, as well as quizzes, review questions, or pre- and post-tests. In this delivery method, students are supported by a qualified Online Instructor or an on-site qualified campus Facilitator.

We are also providing students’ grant to solve all sorts of students’ financial problems. So learning for a diploma will not be a burden at all.

Why not upskill from today? Call us at 905-273-6788.

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10 Self-Care Tips During COVID-19 Lockdown

Now that we are in the middle of lockdown and have plenty of time on our hands, this is the perfect time to turn our focus onto something which most of us are guilty of neglecting: us. Perhaps one of the perks of social distancing is that it has given us some much-needed space. With less interaction with the outside world and other people, we do not have to worry about pleasing others and putting their needs over that of our own. Now is the time to put yourself first and do things that will make you feel happy and relaxed. In such difficult times we all deserve a little self-love and what better way to do that than self-care?

Not to worry if you don’t know how or where to start, here are 10 tips for self-care that you can practice.

Revisit an old skill

All of us have a kill that we have now stopped putting to use due to different reasons. This might be an opportunity to revisit that old skill and rediscover why you fell in love with that particular thing in the first place. We often let go of skills that we think are useless because they cannot be monetized. But under current circumstances, mental peace and happiness are a luxury and these skills could just buy us those.

Cooking

Time to stir the pot a little, even if it is to make instant noodles. During the lockdown, cooking has emerged as a go-to chore for many to pass time, provide nourishment to the body, and to fill up the wide hole left by the absence of takeaway meals and gourmet restaurants. People are cooking because they have to cook. Or because they have nothing better to do. But also because it is therapeutic. Cooking or baking a dish that you like to eat may prove to be a fulfilling experience. Plus home-cooked food is healthier, which means this one is both for the body and for the soul.

With various cooking trends and challenges doing rounds on social media, why not try new recipes, and flaunt your newly acquired skills in front of your friends and family digitally. this could also be a good distraction from constant news updates on COVID-19.

Catching up with your long-lost friends

Life before COVId-19 was busy ad eventful. A lot of us had little time to catch up long-lost friends. We often wonder whatever happened to that girl who used to share tiffin with us during recess in the fifth standard. Or what’s up with the BBF from the seventh standard who we lost touch with. Now is the time to find out. Use the power of digital technology at your disposal and reach out to old friends via social media. Talk, text, video call and catch up. A heart to heart with an old school friend, reliving your childhood, will not only make you feel good but also bring back a valuable person, the one you cherished a lot at one point of time.

Practice your self-care routine

Take your sweet time to go through your morning self-care routine and your bedtime routine. You can also experiment with some home-made masks as well as face packs. You can make these masks with just simple everyday ingredients like milk, cream, aloe vera, besan, etc.

Spend time in your garden or your terrace

Have your morning coffee outside in your garden with a fresh cool breeze in your face and the sound of birds chirping. You can also enjoy your evening tea watching the sunset from your terrace. Now that we have got time, we should learn to reap these little pleasures of life that bring so much joy to our day to day life.

Exercise

This is one of the ways to not let the lockdown get to your head. You can go for different kinds of workouts which can be done indoors like yoga, cardio, treadmill, etc. There are so many indoor exercise videos available online that you can practice at home. Exercise helps you clear your mind as well as stay healthy and feel good. Taking out an hour or so to workout will bring positivity in your mindset too.

Organise

Remember the cupboard and the bookshelf that you were supposed to organize three months back? Now you can clear all the clutter and mess in your room and at your home. This will help relieve the stress as well as make you feel more comfortable and happy in your home. Scoring extra spaces to store by decluttering is an added advantage.

Set screen time

This is very important so that you don’t waste all your time binge-watching series and movies and not do anything productive. Too much screen time will affect your vision and make you feel irritable and sluggish. So put a cap on your screentime, and use your day to pursue other chores. these chores don’t have to always be productive, you can do something unproductive like playing ludo with your sibling, just because it’ll be fun.

Explore your creativity

Letting your creative juices flow will refresh your brain and offer a respite from a life that may seem very dull and mundane right now. Redecorate the house with DIY hacks, paint, sketch, sing, write. Do whatever that challenges your mind to think out of the box.

Sleep

Staying at home all the time means that we go lax on our bedtime. Just one more episode of that web-series, we tell ourselves, because why not. There’s no hurry to get up early and thus we go to sleep late. but these erratic sleeping patterns may affect our sleep cycle. So make sure that you get enough sleep. Instead of staying up late, use this time to catch up on your sleep and reduce your sleep debt.

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Get An Immigration Consultant Diploma Online in 29 Weeks

We are recruiting students now! Enroll today and start learning!

Our Immigration Consultant Diploma Course is accredited by ICCRC. It prepares students for a wide range of opportunities within the immigration consultant field. Along the duration of 29-week program, and four weeks’ placement, students learn both the theoretical and practical aspects of the profession required to analyze clients’ case, advise and represent potential immigrants and refugees before the immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB), and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

Click here to see a detailed course information.

Any questions? Please call us at (905)- 273-6788. Our education counselors are ready to assist you with enrollment and choose the right course for your career.

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