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East Vancouver Open House

DSC 0245 300x198 East Vancouver Open HouseYou are invited to an Open House at the East Vancouver campus!

Thursday, April 18 from 3:00pm until 6:00pm.

Program info sessions and presentations will be given by teachers and students. Learn about getting up to $1000* off your tuition this spring. There will also be refreshments and door prizes!

Call 604-251-4473 to RSVP or for more information.

The East Vancouver campus is located at 2750 Rupert Street, Vancouver. Click here for a map and directions.

Fool Proof Your Success with SMART Goal Setting

smart blog Fool Proof Your Success with SMART Goal Setting How many times have you set a goal and then didn’t achieve it? Do these sound familiar?

• I want to lose weight
• I need to save money
• I should call my Mom more often
• I should be nicer to strangers

How do you feel when you don’t achieve your goals – terrible, right? Well, what if you knew you couldn’t fail? What if you had a system that you could use that would increase the probability of your success? And more importantly, increase your confidence in your abilities. Most often, it’s not that YOU are a bad person, it’s just that your goal setting system sucks. That is where SMART goal setting comes in.
SMART goals are really quite simple. They are:

S – Specific
M – Measurable
A – Attainable
R – Relevant
T – Time bound
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Break through Stress This Easter

100903073 199x300 Break through Stress This EasterEaster not only signals the arrival of spring, it symbolizes growth, rebirth, and new beginnings. If stress has become an unwelcome routine for you at school and/or work, here are some ways to avoid falling to pieces:

Take Some Eggs out of Your Basket

Multitasking actually makes you less efficient, not more. Sort your tasks and then focus on the most important first, so you can work better and feel less overwhelmed. If you have classmates or coworkers who constantly drop “urgent” work or questions on your desk, you might have to turn them down to
avoid cracking.

Don’t be too Hard…boiled

Smiling – even when you don’t feel like it – reduces anxiety and lifts your mood, so smile at your most irritating colleagues or classmates! Of course, you may find them a lot more tolerable once you have gotten to know them, and it wouldn’t hurt to have someone who could lend a hand if you ever fall off the wall.

Get Scrambling
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Resume Makeover Tips

1064584892 200x300 Resume Makeover TipsWe all know we should rewrite a resume for each job application, but many job seekers still reuse the same one, only slapping on a new job when the occasion arises. You should make sure your resume is up to date, and relevant to the specific position. However, if you are still not going to do that, give your resume a fresher look with these quick tips:

Face Yourself in the Mirror

Don’t lie about your age! Actually, don’t include your age, height, weight, marital status, social insurance number, or other personal information at all. What we mean is that everything in your resume should be clear and accurate, with no chance of misleading a potential employer.


Once you have some professional work experience, slough off the old stuff. Do you still include every position you have ever held (eg. High School Hallway Monitor, Neighbourhood Dog Walker) though they have little to do with your intended career? Are you listing too many personal traits (does anyone not list “motivated” and “responsible” as qualities?) or unusual hobbies? These are not only unlikely to help you get the job, but will also make it harder for you to keep your resume at one to two pages.

Add Some Highlights
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Pursuit of Happiness Recognized Worldwide

318571 10150365356602457 651122456 10155215 5718942 n 1 300x225 Pursuit of Happiness Recognized WorldwideHappy International Day of Happiness! If you were wondering why you hadn’t heard of this until now, that is because the United Nations only declared last June that March 20 would be (in addition to Tunisia’s Independence Day and World Sparrow Day) the official day of happiness henceforth.

Despite the Hallmark-esque name, the UN had serious goals behind this move: to recognize that the pursuit of happiness is fundamental to humankind, to promote sustainable development through public awareness and education, and to balance economic growth with true wellbeing. You can read the UN’s specific recommendations in the World Happiness Report.

The point is that happiness comes with effort, so no one is expecting us to be instantly happy (declare today a statutory holiday, however…). With that said, there are many things you can do to be happier, such as: Read more

Rx: an Education as a High-Demand Pharmacy Assistant

100826076 300x214 Rx: an Education as a High Demand Pharmacy Assistant Call it wishful thinking, but we hope you’ve managed to stay healthy through the string of flu (H3N2), RSV, and norovirus outbreaks. If you or your loved ones have not been fortunate, keep in mind (for next winter) that influenza vaccines are recommended – especially if you work with children, are 65 or older, or are otherwise high-risk. Flu shots can be received at walk-in clinics, your family doctor’s office, and pharmacies.

You might recall a long wait at the pharmacy for your flu shot or prescription this season… or every season. Due to the increase of prescription drug use, our aging population, and other health care sector needs, there are not enough Pharmacy Assistant graduates to fill demand, and the unemployment rate is accordingly low. Job openings are also expected to increase quickly over the coming years.
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More to Surrey than Ever

CityCentreAerial 300x200 More to Surrey than EverInterested in moving to the Lower Mainland to go to school? Known as the City of Parks, Surrey is the second largest city in BC and one of the most diverse municipalities in Canada. There have been many recent developments in Surrey, and more are coming in the following years, including:

More Growth

According to Statistics Canada, the population in Surrey grew 18.6% from 2006 to 2011, compared with an average growth of 5.9% across Canada. Over the same period, the number of residents who occupied private dwellings increased by 16.5%, compared with an increase of 7.1% in Canada, likely thanks to affordable housing in Surrey.
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Tax Tips for Students

160542100 300x236 Tax Tips for StudentsHave you done your taxes already? If the answer is yes, you should seriously consider becoming an Accounting and Payroll Administrator. If not, here are some tips to help maximize this years tax return! Even if you are a student and/or do not earn a high or steady income, you can still claim tax credits and other significant benefits from Canada Revenue Agency.

If you are attending a post-secondary institution, you may qualify for a student tax credit of $400 (full-time) or $120 (part-time) per month on your tuition fees. That’s per month!
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International Women’s Day 2013

Picture21 300x225 International Women’s Day 2013Have you heard? March 8th is International Women’s Day. First celebrated in 1909 as National Woman’s Day (United States), and internationally since 1911, this is a day for recognizing the rights and achievements of women throughout history and across the world.

The official theme for this year is The Gender Agenda: Gaining Momentum, a call for change and celebration of progress made towards gender equality. You can read about past themes on the official website, and browse through over 1,000 supporters’ initiatives and events (including pages promoted by governments, charities, and media).
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Aren’t You Glad to be a Grad?

120934832 200x300 Aren’t You Glad to be a Grad?You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.)
(Dr. Seuss)

Commencement season is here! This year, Sprott Shaw will host a graduation ceremony for all Lower Mainland campuses on May 22. If you are one of the participating students, congratulations on your achievement! We hope what you have learned here will help you achieve your career and life goals.

If you were planning to receive your certificate or diploma by mail, here are some stats that might get you in a more celebratory mood:

• By 2016, there won’t be enough post-secondary grads in BC to fill job openings;
• Post-secondary graduates earn significantly more on average than high school graduates (Source)

Convocation will take place at 7:00pm, at the Centre for Performing Arts, 777 Homer St., Vancouver. Cake and refreshments will be provided. Contact your campus for more information.

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