Working in the post-retail era requires a reset

There are still plenty of jobs at the low end of the pay scale. But wouldn't it be a better idea to simply upgrade your skills?

Working in the post-retail era requires a resetOne day you head out to your favourite store and it isn’t there anymore. It could be a local specialty shop, part of a major chain or even a department store like Sears, whose stores and catalogues have been around seemingly forever. Retail outlets are disappearing all over, along with the jobs they provide. In…

Mid-career workers are higher education’s next challenge

The traditional student no longer exists. That means we need to find ways to encourage and fund lifelong learning

Mid-career workers are higher education’s next challengeWith a host of transformational challenges putting pressure on labour markets, a line from Robert Atkinson and Jeffrey Brown’s latest paper struck me: “Nothing about the future of work is inevitable.” Their paper is intended to reaffirm that in the face of structural change, coming impacts can be mitigated through dedicated effort and smart policy.…

Education faculties fail to prepare young teachers to be effective

Education schools often tilt from one useless fad to another with little practical use in actual classrooms

Education faculties fail to prepare young teachers to be effectiveIn 1933, the retiring president of Harvard University, Lawrence Lowell, famously stated that his university’s school of education was “a kitten that ought to be drowned.” Of course, university presidents wouldn’t talk like this today. But Lowell was far from the only scholar to hold education schools in such low repute – and for good…

Students burdened by rising cost of university education

A look at one Ontario university shows tuitions skyrocketing when compared to asset investment and inflation

Students burdened by rising cost of university educationAs student fees rise across the country, being able to afford university is increasingly difficult. All students should be know where their fees and tuition payments go, instead of paying what’s needed and then forgetting about it. However, financial statements aren’t always easy for the average student to understand, especially if they’re not a business…

Colleges and polytechnics key to business innovation

Let’s unlock their full potential with greater and more consistent government funding

Colleges and polytechnics key to business innovationBy Sarah Watts-Rynard and Denise Amyot Canada is at an innovation crossroads. Productivity measures have long lagged our international counterparts and our small businesses often lack the internal resources to fulfil their potential. Developing new prototypes, adopting new technologies and designing new processes takes time, money and human resources. As Canada’s economic engines, small and mid-sized…

Health care students receive scholarships

The Dr. Stewart Holmes Scholarship Fund hands out awards each year to students from communities in the retired physician’s area

Health care students receive scholarshipsKenneth Brown of The Crossroads A total of seven health care students from the west central region have received Dr. Stewart Holmes Scholarships after an annual event this past weekend. The 33rd annual Scholarship Tea was held on Nov. 17 at the former Eston Medical Clinic building. This year’s recipients are from Eston, Eatonia, Elrose,…

More education needed to prepare youth for jobs of today

A CFIB report recommends that high schools and post-secondary institutions collaborate with the business community

More education needed to prepare youth for jobs of todayA new report by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business says high schools don’t adequately prepare students for the jobs of today and that’s hurting small businesses in Canada, which are facing record-high job vacancy rates and ongoing labour shortages in certain sectors. At the same time, youth unemployment rates in Canada are much higher…

Haskayne School of Business launching program to help jump-start careers

Program targeted to recent non-business graduates with no more than two years of work experience

Haskayne School of Business launching program to help jump-start careersThe Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary is launching a management program to help non-business graduates jump-start their careers. The Haskayne Master of Management provides an immersive 10-month experience in solving business problems with students gaining knowledge in accounting, finance, human resources, marketing, operations, strategy and entrepreneurship along the way. The school said…

The need to nurture a skills economy

We can’t talk about the future of work without also talking about the future of education

The need to nurture a skills economyBy Nobina Robinson and Daniel Komesch Polytechnics Canada  When leaders of the world’s seven most advanced economies meet on June 8 and 9 in Charlevoix, Que., the top-line agenda item will be preparing for the jobs of the future. What exactly does this agenda item mean for the Canadian workers, students and employers? The proliferation…

Four reasons to choose an MBA for your postgrad education

An MBA degree is the perfect postgraduate study option for anybody looking to break into the business industry

Four reasons to choose an MBA for your postgrad educationToday, there is a huge choice of career options to consider along with a wide field of educated people to compete against for the various positions available. With so many different career choices to consider, choosing the right postgrad program is an essential for anybody looking to embark on their professional pathway. However, this can…