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Choosing the Right College for Professional Development

Monday, June 8, 2009

One of the most important decisions in a person’s professional development is choosing the right college. In order to make the right choice, students need to ask the right questions to determine whether the school will meet their needs.

First and foremost, find out if the school is accredited. If so, that means the curriculum meets the educational standards outlined by the provincial government.  Next, you’ll want to make sure that school offers the program that meets your needs and that the curriculum is in-sync with current marketplace demands.

When you’re choosing a program, talk to the instructors. Make sure they are experts in their career by asking them about their experiences in the field as well as in the classroom.

Do they have practicum placements? Career training is much more beneficial when a practicum is involved. This period allows a student to put theory into practice and gain hands-on experience in a job setting, as well as opening the door to job placement.

Finally, tour the campus to get a feel for it. Schools with small class sizes allow for more one-on-one instruction for students, thereby enhancing the quality of their education. Additionally, the school should be committed to you success after graduation. Look to see if it has an up-to-date job board, provides job advice, or has other connections to the local business community.

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CDI College Road to Success: Brennan M.
April 12, 2021
Brennan recently graduated from the Social Media Marketing program at the CDI College Winnipeg campus. He shared his story with us to help inspire others on their own career path. Moving to the Big City Brennan’s mom origin...
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CDI College Growth Story: Nicki from Red Deer
March 16, 2021
Nicki S, a Learning Centre Instructor and Career Services Coordinator at our Red Deer campus, was recommended to us by her Campus Director for this feature. Nicki brings a lot of energy and is an active part of her campus community. A Love...
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These Career-Training Programs Are 100% Online
March 9, 2021
With the rapid growth of online learning, it’s a good time to train for a new career. Virtual education has many benefits. You can study in a setting that suits your needs, fit coursework around a busy schedule, and avoid lengthy commutes to ca...
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CDI College’s International Women’s Day Contest
February 26, 2021
In honour of all of the powerful women in our lives and around the world, CDI College is holding an International Women’s Day Contest! Contestants must tag a woman who has inspired them to become a better person in the comments of th...
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Tips to Avoid Health Problems from Too Much Sitting
February 10, 2021
If you’re sitting at your desk right now, you might be increasing your risk of serious health problems. As shocking as that sounds, lots of evidence has emerged that spending long periods glued to your chair is bad for you. In particular,...
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CDI College’s Upcoming Events for February - March, 2021
February 1, 2021
We have some great career-focused events coming up in February at CDI College. So far, the list is as follows: February 2, 2021 – Pharmacy Assistant Virtual Info Session Learn everything you need to know about the Pharmacy Assis...
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CDI College Growth Story: Afsaneh from North York
January 18, 2021
The second feature in our CDI College Growth Story series goes to none other than Afsaneh S., a dedicated pharmacy instructor at our North York campus. The Dream Raised in Iran, Afsaneh found herself in an environment of healthca...
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How to Set Effective Career Goals
January 11, 2021
With the new year finally here, you might have ideas about what you want to achieve with your career or education in 2021. Goal-setting is a valuable tool that can help you get there. “Setting goals based on your dreams will give you...
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CDI College’s Upcoming Events
January 4, 2021
We have some great career-focused events coming up in the new year at CDI College. So far, the list is as follows: January 6, 2021 – Travel & Tourism Info Session Want to help people make memories that last a lifetime? Discov...
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CDI College Through 2020
December 22, 2020
Like the rest of the world, CDI College also had to adapt and make the most of this year after safety measures were put into place. We’d like to think we came out as winners in 2020. Dental Assisting graduates had a 100% passing...
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CDI College Growth Story: Tracy from Calgary
December 17, 2020
At CDI College, we think it’s important to provide recognition and credit to the staff and instructors who make our mission possible. These people have dedicated their lives to helping change our students’ lives by providing them with th...
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Start Fresh in 2021 with Career Training
December 11, 2020
After a year like 2020, you’re probably looking forward to a fresh start. Maybe you’ve lost your job or realized you need a career change. Either way, you want to get the training you need to get hired into a better role. Enrolling...
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CDI College Dental Assisting grads get high marks
December 2, 2020
Future dental assistants from CDI College made their mark on national certification exams in September. The graduates from the Burnaby and Surrey campuses had a 100% passing rate on the National Dental Assisting Examining Board (NDAEB) test in...
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Your Handy Guide to Working Remotely
November 6, 2020
COVID-19 has radically transformed attitudes towards the role of the office. Traditionally, it has been the centre of business activity. However, with many employees (at least temporarily) working from home, it has sparked new ideas about how and wh...
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What Do Human Resources and Payroll Pros Do?
October 28, 2020
Employees are among a company’s most valuable assets. That’s why skilled human resources and payroll professionals are in high demand. They handle vital responsibilities, such as recruitment, training, and compensation. “Regar...
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7 Tips for Online Learning Success
October 21, 2020
The rapid growth of online learning has created exciting opportunities for college students in Canada. With digital education, you get a flexible schedule, spend less time commuting, and you can study in a setting that suits you. However, as wi...
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Here’s How Cybersecurity Specialists Stop Online Attacks
October 15, 2020
Every time you use your smartphone or join a computer network, you’re potentially exposed to numerous cyber threats such as hacking, phishing, malware, and botnets. In 2018, nearly 60% of Internet users in Canada experienced a cybersecurity incident...
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4 Easy Ways to Boost Mental Health
October 7, 2020
Unfortunately, stress and anxiety are parts of everyday life. As a college student, you also have the pressure from studying, assignments, and tests. With World Mental Health Day taking place on October 10, it’s a good time to think about what...
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Get These Skills to be a Medical Office Superstar
September 14, 2020
If you want to start a career as a medical office assistant , you’ll need a resume that gets noticed by employers. The best hiring managers aren’t just looking for someone who can do the job. They want someone who can go above and b...
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Why You Should Build Your Professional Network Before Grad
September 1, 2020
You can’t wait for the day you finally finish school and can start searching for your first job in your chosen field. But you also feel anxiety when you realize how many other new grads you’ll be competing against for a finite number of...
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You're Invited to CDI College's Virtual Open House on September 9
August 25, 2020
We are living through uncertain economic times. You might be considering a new career direction because of job loss, or simply because it's time for a change. If that's the case, CDI College can help you get started towards a brighter future. D...
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9 Essentials for Your Back-to-School Survival Kit
August 17, 2020
The first weeks back to school are often just about survival. You’re confronted with a busy schedule, new people, and lots of course work. To make it through a survival situation, the key is to come into it well-equipped. That’s the...
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3 Apps to Help You Focus and Ace Your Next Exam
July 24, 2020
Have you been out of school for several years and feel like you need as many study tips as you can get? Maybe you’ve always been an A-plus student who breezed through your courses. Studying and exams shouldn’t be the reason you put off s...
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Accounting & Payroll Training Opens Doors to These Bonus Business Roles
June 30, 2020
You want a new career path that will give you options down the road. That’s because you’re smart enough to be worried about being stuck in the same role five or ten years from now. There are many good reasons to eventually need a ch...
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How to Start Your Tech Career in Under 2 Years
June 24, 2020
Everyone seems to be talking about how exciting it is to work in the tech industry – and it’s no surprise given all of the benefits. Jobs in coding or IT are a natural fit for remote positions, so you can work from the comfort of yo...
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CDI College Statement on Anti-Racism
June 4, 2020
On behalf of CEO and Chairman Peter Chung, Executive VP of Operations Andre Souza, and VP of International Relations, Yul Kim, CDI College joins in solidarity with students, staff, faculty, and all global citizens fighting for justice, and an end to...
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6 Ways to Fund Your College Education in Canada
June 1, 2020
Getting a post-secondary education is an investment in your future. With a diploma, certificate or other credential, you can develop new skills, pursue your passion, and earn more money. As you’ve experienced yourself, or heard from frien...
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Top Industries that are Hiring During COVID-19
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With the current economic climate, many industries are facing employee layoffs and hiring is at a freeze. However, according to Forbes and other industry resources, there are many sectors that are still prevailing (and growing) and are currently acc...
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Reading books is a great way to spend time, and it offers many benefits, including stimulating the brain, improving abilities in comprehension, reducing stress, and improving the quality of sleep. Some of the top CEOs in the world manage to read, on...
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Provincial Government Launches Free Counselling Service for Post-Secondary Students
April 30, 2020
While the post-secondary education experience is fast-paced and ever-changing, it can present challenges for individuals navigating it for the first time, and completely on their own. As of April 16, the Government of British Columbia has...
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COVID-19: New Government Funding Available for Students
April 24, 2020
COVID-19 has had a significant impact on new and current students and recent graduates – from transitioning to online learning modules to finding employment upon graduation. The Government of Canada is now intervening with financial...
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How a Workout Plan Increases Mental Focus
April 22, 2020
While you’re studying at home, there may be times where it’s difficult to stay on track without the help of a regular routine. Home workouts are a great solution. Not only do home workouts provide a steady routine, but they also help wit...
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How to Maintain a Social Life while "Social Distancing"
April 9, 2020
Your social life doesn’t have to be on hold while you practice social or physical distancing. We’ve come up with a few ideas for how you can keep busy and still keep in touch with your closest friends! Virtual coffee dates...
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How to Stay Healthy at Home
April 7, 2020
While studying and attending classes from home may seem easier than getting dressed, packing your lunch and schoolbag, and catching a bus, you also need to account for much less physical walking each day. As the square-footage of any home is far les...
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5 Tips on How to Make the Best of Self-Isolation
March 31, 2020
We've pulled together some great ideas on how you can reconnect with youself, your friends, and your families in a completely different way during this time of social distancing. Cherish this time at home as an opportunity to rediscove...
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CDI College raises nearly $5,000 for Pink Shirt Day
March 2, 2020
CDI College joined people across Canada and around the world as they stood up against bullying on Pink Shirt Day 2020. Students, instructors, and staff from CDI College wore pink and raised nearly $5,000 for the CKNW Kids’ Fund and Fondati...
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CDI College students shine on national dental assisting exams
February 12, 2020
Dental assisting graduates from Burnaby and Surrey have good reason to smile after receiving solid marks on their national certification exams. The graduates from CDI College had a 100 percent passing rate on the National Dental Assisting Exami...
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You're Invited - Dental Technician Workshop in Surrey Feb 19
February 4, 2020
Do you want a satisfying new career that requires strong technical skills? If so, you might be interested in becoming a dental technician. These qualified professionals have the training to design and create dentures, implants, and many other d...
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Want to work in early childhood education? You'll need these skills
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During the first years after birth, children go through major physical, cognitive, motor, and emotional developments. If you become an early childhood educator, you can give them the support they need during this important time. "The early...
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CDI College donates 4,000 items to local food banks
January 7, 2020
An outpouring of holiday spirit drove students, instructors, and staff from CDI College to unite in an effort to support local food banks. In December, campuses from British Columbia to Quebec gathered over 4,000 non-perishable items to help fellow...
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Stocking Stuffer Contest - $300 in Prizes!
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Share the holiday spirit with CDI College! Visit us on Instagram , Facebook , or Twitter to take part in our Stocking Stuffer Contest. Enter your friend or loved one for a chance to win one of three gift card prizes by completing one or more of...
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CDI College raises $3,700 for World Heart Day 2019
October 2, 2019
Students and staff members at CDI College campuses across Canada joined forces in September to support heart health. The college’s annual World Heart Day campaign raised awareness and over $3,700 to help fight cardiovascular disease, a leading...
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How to ace your return to school this fall
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You’re excited to become a student again and to start training for a new career. Then you realize your life is about to change dramatically. Heading back to school means getting used to a new daily routine, new people, and a new campus en...
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You’re invited to National Workshop Day on August 22
July 31, 2019
CDI College is hosting a special event in BC to help you take the next step towards a successful new career. National Workshop Day takes place on August 22, 6-8pm at our campuses in Richmond, Burnaby, and Surrey . Take part in FREE workshops*...
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7 unusual-but-smart places to squeeze in study time
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As a student, few things are as precious as a good place to study, but finding one isn’t always easy. Stay at home, and noisy roommates or family members might disrupt you. Head out the door, and you might face a long journey to a crowded...
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CDI College raises $4,000 on Pink Shirt Day
March 1, 2019
VANCOUVER, BC – March 1, 2019 – Faculty, staff, and students at CDI College’s campuses across Canada joined together this past Wednesday, February 27th, to take a stand against bullying, raising $4,000 for the CKNW Kids Fund and Fondation Jasmin Roy...
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CDI College Holiday Food Drive Brings in More Than 2,700 Items
January 7, 2019
Vancouver, BC; January 7, 2019 – CDI College students, instructors and staff collected non-perishable items for local food banks over the holidays, bringing in nearly 2,700 items across our 25 campuses. “We are thrilled with the kin...
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