(This story is sponsored by the Vancouver Community College.)
The pandemic has significantly changed the way that people work in B.C. The health-care and tech industries have been thriving, opening up thousands of job opportunities. Other sectors struggle to navigate the changes forced upon them by COVID-19, resulting in employee wage cuts and layoffs.
In terms of where and how people work, there’s been a massive shift from in-office positions to remote employment.
If you’re currently out of work or have an abundance of free time after your work-from-home shift ends, consider investing in yourself through education. There has never been a better time to return to school.
By now, we’ve all discovered that self-isolating from COVID-19 goes hand-in-hand with boredom and repetition. Instead of rewatching episodes of The Office or baking an excessive number of banana muffins, further your education through Vancouver Community College (VCC) Continuing Studies.
VCC Continuing Studies offers a multitude of upgrading courses, and part-time and full-time programs that will help you gain employment in a high demand industry. Several of these courses can be taken online.
“Given our diverse and expanding scope of programs and courses, VCC is ready to help learners pursue their desired career goals in a format and schedule that suits their needs,” says Adrian Lipsett, dean of Continuing Studies at VCC.
It’s becoming clear that in 2021, businesses focusing on essential retail, working from home, and staying healthy are expected to drive the top occupations.
There will likely be an increased demand for workers within the health-care sector. Additionally, job security within the industry is very high as the aging population will continue to need care.
VCC’s Office Administration: Medical Office Skills certificate will provide students with all of the information and skills required to succeed working in a clinic. Health-care administrators are needed to help enroll patients, update records, and coordinate with insurance companies.
Graduates from tech and computer programming courses are in demand as many companies are adding ecommerce and remote work into their business models. According to Indeed/TechRepublic, cloud computing jobs increased by 55 percent between 2015 and 2019. There are currently 500 job openings in B.C. requiring Microsoft Azure.
VCC offers five Azure certification courses that will teach students how to master cloud computing. IT support along with installation, maintenance, and repair workers are also needed as mobile networks take on a critical role in our society. The IT Operations Professional certificate and short certificate will help those with an interest in information technology gain employment in the field.
Graduates from the Business and Technical Writing program at VCC can go on to work as copywriters, editors, and fact checkers. This program will also give students a look into the creative side of business through digital marketing, social media, and public relations courses. Many businesses aiming to create an online presence often require assistance from a copywriter and/or marketing professional.
VCC’s Continuing Studies is always looking to expand their number of offerings to help people in the Lower Mainland align with the careers that they love. Visit www.vcc.ca/continuing-studies/ to find the full list of courses starting soon.