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How to Become a Web Designer


Web designers have a creative side to their job, but they also have technical skills that need to be mastered. They need to be able to build a webpage from scratch, or revamp a current webpage to their clients’ needs.  You will need to study the structure of web basics and how to design a functional and effective website.


Your day-to-day tasks will be:

• Meeting clients to discuss what they need and want
• Preparing a plan and looking into links and site structure
• Deciding on text, colours and backgrounds
• Working in a team with others to complete a project

What you will need to start with:
You, obviously, need an interest in graphic arts, websites, and design. An interest in advertising would also help, as you can learn how to use design to appeal to customers.

What you will need to study:
You will study the structure of web basics and how to design a functional and effective website.

What you will need to get started:
You, obviously, need an interest in graphic arts, websites, and design. An interest in advertising would also help, as you can learn how to use design to appeal to customers.

Where are the jobs?
There are a ton of agencies that offer web design, in any part of Canada or the entire world. Remember, self-employment is also a very viable and popular option.

Recent studies indicate that strong growth in Web design jobs, particularly in the consulting sector, is expected over the next few years. Careers that correspond with the skills learned in this program include:

Possible careers include:

• Web Designer
• Web Site Developer
• Internet Site Designer
• Intranet Site Designer

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The Web Design program at Academy of Learning provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge required to create graphics and Flash animations for the Web, and to plan and design compelling interactive Web sites. It provides in depth knowledge of how to use Macromedia Dreamweaver and Notepad to create Web pages.

In addition, the program introduces students to HTML and JavaScript programming, and thereby provides them with a great degree of control over the appearance of their Web sites and skills that are in demand by Web design companies. Students also gain skills and experience in using industry standard graphics programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Macromedia Fireworks to create, edit, and optimize graphics for the Web.

How a new grad can research an employer


Companies check out job seekers prior to hiring them, and you should be checking out companies prior to applying for employment–or, at the very least, before accepting a job offer.

At Your Fingertips

Years ago, researching a potential employer required a trip to the library. Today, library information and more are available online.

… But where do you start?

The first destination is the employer’s website. It doesn’t matter if an employer is large or small; most organizations have an online presence.
Visit search engine Google,, key in the company or organization name, and hit enter. This should return the website address you seek. Once at the employer’s website, it’s time to assume the role of Sherlock Holmes.

What You’re Seeking

What exactly are you looking for when at a potential employer’s website? Begin at the beginning.

Operations overview of the organization.

If you don’t already know, you need to find out what this potential employer does, along with its business approach.
Take a look at the “About Us” section of the website. Also look at its product or service offerings. In addition, check out its list of locations. Next, explore its list of clients, if one is provided, and/or a list of business partners.  If your potential employer is a public company you may want to look at its annual report as well.

Who’s at the helm.

Then look at the management team and board of directors. What kinds of backgrounds do these people have? Does your background (or aspirations) match theirs? Are there women in senior-level positions? Does the management teaminclude people of color?

Recent achievements.

What has the organization been up to lately? To find out, visit the “Company News” or “Press Releases” section of the site. Press releases that announce record profits suggest one kind of environment, while announcements aboutconsolidating operations and closing facilities suggest another.

Corporate culture.

Most organizations articulate their culture with a statement or even an entire section. Pay attention to how the culture fits, or doesn’t fit, with your own. Also take a look at photos. At Internet search giant Google, for example, people sit on colorful balls during meetings. This is a very different environment from a Big Four accounting firm where meetings are typically conducted around a conference table.

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Balancing Work and School Life


You’ve found a great opportunity: you’re able to work and go to school at the same time to earn a degree or take courses for personal interest.  But once you’ve started, you can’t seem to find time to fit everything in.  Here are some guidelines for working students who can’t seem to find enough time in a day.


Be Organized: Keep your school materials organized and in one place.  Mark upcoming deadlines on your calendar and start school projects early to allow sufficient time to complete them in case other things come up in the meantime.  If you’re taking several courses at once, don’t spend all of your time on one course while other deadlines begin to loom on the horizon.

Create a flexible schedule: Some parts of your schedule are going to be inflexible, such as class times and work days.  Fit homework and studying in when you’re either not in class or not at the office.  Build a routine that you can stick to, but are able to adjust if other important things come up.  As a working student, you have to be ready to adapt to new assignments, unexpected errands, and sudden work crises that need to be addressed immediately. Make enough studying time in your schedule so that if something comes up, you can shift it into another slot during the week.

Communicate your schedule to your employers, friends, clients and family: Make sure the people around you know where you’ll be and when. Sign up for an online calendar and send the URL to the people who depend on knowing where you are and when. Not everyone you work with will understand the demands of being a student and, similarly, not all of your classmates will understand the additional responsibilities of working while in school.

Manage stress: Stress is an inevitable part of being a student and a worker — combine both together and you can expect to be stressed out. As much as you may try to preventstress, you’re going to have to learn how to relieve it as well.

  • Take those much-needed breaks. Give yourself time to collect yourself when you need it the most, so you can re-approach things with a clear head.
  • Be active. Stretch. Swim. Run. Lift. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle helps relieve stress and you’ll find that the more you get out and exercise, the easier work and school will seem. Exercising is commonly known to reduce stress.
  • Live. Don’t forget to enjoy life. Don’t get bogged down by nuisances of the demands of your academic and professional life. Take time to experience the world around you and appreciate your relationships in life. See movies, read books, watch sports. Don’t forget to squeeze in the things that make life worth living into your schedule.

Be realistic: There may not be enough time for everything, so get your priorities straight and don’t beat yourself up if you don’t accomplish every single task you’ve set out to do on a given day. Stay positive and be thankful that you have the opportunity to make a livingand get an education — two things many people in the world go without.

Know that it can be done! It may seem overwhelming at times, but remember that other people have gone through the same thing you are, and they have succeeded! You can too.



Source: WikiHow


9 Keys to Business & Career Success


The most successful people in business approach their work differently than most. See how they think–and why it works.  I’m fortunate enough to know a number of remarkably successful people. Regardless of industry or profession, they all share the same perspectives and beliefs.

And they act on those beliefs:

1. Time doesn’t fill me. I fill time.

Deadlines and time frames establish parameters, but typically not in a good way. The average person who is given two weeks to complete a task will instinctively adjust his effort so it actually takes two weeks.  Forget deadlines, at least as a way to manage your activity. Tasks should only take as long as they need to take. Do everything as quickly and effectively as you can. Then use your “free” time to get other things done just as quickly and effectively. Average people allow time to impose its will on them; remarkable people impose their will on their time.

2. The people around me are the people I chose.

Some of your employees drive you nuts. Some of your customers are obnoxious. Some of your friends are selfish, all-about-me jerks.

You chose them. If the people around you make you unhappy it’s not their fault. It’s your fault. They’re in your professional or personal life because you drew them to you–and you let them remain.

Think about the type of people you want to work with. Think about the types of customers you would enjoy serving. Think about the friends you want to have.

Then change what you do so you can start attracting those people. Hardworking people want to work with hardworking people. Kind people like to associate with kind people. Remarkable employees want to work for remarkable bosses.

Successful people are naturally drawn to successful people.

3. I have never paid my dues.

Dues aren’t paid, past tense. Dues get paid, each and every day. The only real measure of your value is the tangible contribution you make on a daily basis.

No matter what you’ve done or accomplished in the past, you’re never too good to roll up your sleeves, get dirty, and do the grunt work.  No job is ever too menial, no task ever too unskilled or boring.

Remarkably successful people never feel entitled–except to the fruits of their labor.

4. Experience is irrelevant. Accomplishments are everything.

You have “10 years in the Web design business.” Whoopee. I don’t care how long you’ve been doing what you do. Years of service indicate nothing; you could be the worst 10-year programmer in the world.

I care about what you’ve done: how many sites you’ve created, how many back-end systems you’ve installed, how many customer-specific applications you’ve developed (and what kind)… all that matters is what you’ve done.

Successful people don’t need to describe themselves using hyperbolic adjectives like passionate, innovative, driven, etc. They can just describe, hopefully in a humble way, what they’ve done.

5. Failure is something I accomplish; it doesn’t just happen to me.

Ask people why they have been successful. Their answers will be filled with personal pronouns: I, me, and the sometimes too occasional we.

Ask them why they failed. Most will revert to childhood and instinctively distance themselves, like the kid who says, “My toy got broken…” instead of, “I broke my toy.”

They’ll say the economy tanked. They’ll say the market wasn’t ready. They’ll say their suppliers couldn’t keep up.

They’ll say it was someone or something else.

And by distancing themselves, they don’t learn from their failures.

Occasionally something completely outside your control will cause you to fail. Most of the time, though, it’s you. And that’s okay. Every successful person has failed. Numerous times. Most of them have failed a lot more often than you. That’s why they’re successful now.

Embrace every failure: Own it, learn from it, and take full responsibility for making sure that next time, things will turn out differently.

6. Volunteers always win.

Whenever you raise your hand you wind up being asked to do more.

That’s great. Doing more is an opportunity: to learn, to impress, to gain skills, to build new relationships–to do something more than you would otherwise been able to do.

Success is based on action. The more you volunteer, the more you get to act. Successful people step forward to create opportunities.

Remarkably successful people sprint forward.

7. As long as I’m paid well, it’s all good.

Specialization is good. Focus is good. Finding a niche is good.

Generating revenue is great.

Anything a customer will pay you a reasonable price to do–as long as it isn’t unethical, immoral, or illegal–is something you should do. Your customers want you to deliver outside your normal territory? If they’ll pay you for it, fine. They want you to add services you don’t normally include? If they’ll pay you for it, fine. The customer wants you to perform some relatively manual labor and you’re a high-tech shop? Shut up, roll ‘em up, do the work, and get paid.

Only do what you want to do and you might build an okay business. Be willing to do what customers want you to do and you can build a successful business.

Be willing to do even more and you can build a remarkable business.

And speaking of customers…

8. People who pay me always have the right to tell me what to do.

Get over your cocky, pretentious, I-must-be-free-to-express-my-individuality self. Be that way on your own time.

The people who pay you, whether customers or employers, earn the right to dictate what you do and how you do it–sometimes down to the last detail.

Instead of complaining, work to align what you like to do with what the people who pay you want you to do.

Then you turn issues like control and micro-management into non-issues.

9. The extra mile is a vast, unpopulated wasteland.

Everyone says they go the extra mile. Almost no one actually does. Most people who go there think, “Wait… no one else is here… why am I doing this?” and leave, never to return.

That’s why the extra mile is such a lonely place.

That’s also why the extra mile is a place filled with opportunities.

Be early. Stay late. Make the extra phone call. Send the extra email. Do the extra research. Help a customer unload or unpack a shipment. Don’t wait to be asked; offer. Don’t just tell employees what to do–show them what to do and work beside them.

Every time you do something, think of one extra thing you can do–especially if other people aren’t doing that one thing. Sure, it’s hard.

But that’s what will make you different.

And over time, that’s what will make you incredibly successful.


Source: Inc.

Job interviewing is like dating


Going for an interview is like dating!
We all know how nerve racking it can be going on a first date but isn’t the feeling very similar to your first interview? Wouldn’t it be great to see the similarities between both?
The initial nervousness
You open the door with butterflies in your stomach, you don’t know what to expect. You arrived 10 minutes early, being late wouldn’t look great but you don’t want to appear too eager either.
The research
The interview:
  • Check out their website and read news articles about them.
  • Look into your wardrobe for corporate wear.
  • Check out your interviewer on Linkedin and Twitter to see what they’re talking about.
  • Ask a recruiter for interview advice.
  • See if the office is in a nice area or not.
The date:
  • You ask some friends what they’re like?
  • Look into your wardrobe what’s going to make a statement?
  • Check them out on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter….not like a stalker but just to be prepared.
  • You haven’t dated in a while so you need lots of dating advice from an expert.
  • Look into where you’re meeting them, if it’s expensive they mean business if it’s not….well we’ll see.
What happens in the middle?
You’re greeted at the door and led to your seat. Here it is, the moment you’ve been waiting for. Here’s where the date and interview collide again:
  • You’re going to do a lot of talking so make sure you have some water.
  • You may be nervous (it’s your first date/interview in years) but try to be yourself.
  • Don’t appear too eager because that’ll only scare them off, there’s a fine line between enthusiasm and desperation.
  • You want to see what they’re like too so ask some questions.
  • It’s good to find something you both have in common, this will help build a connection and allow the conversation to flow better.
If you don’t feel the spark
In the first 5-10 minutes you’ll have a fair idea as to whether you like them or not.  Always trust your instincts. The last thing you want is to do is start dating/working with them for the next few years because you think they’re the best you can get but you’ve a better opportunity only around the corner.
The follow up call
If they really like you they’ll call you soon afterwards but if you have to wait a long time either they’re too busy or they’re just not that into you. What do you think of this and what are your interview comparisons?



Author: Shauna McDaniel

Checklist for Going Back to School


Whether you’ve been out of school for a couple of months or a couple of decades, the following steps will help get you started on the road back to school.

1. Talk to people and use resources to find out what education or training you need to reach your career goals. For many types of work, you can acquire the necessary skills and knowledge in a variety of ways. Even in occupations that require a specific certification, there may be more than one way to qualify. You can also search occupations by interest and subject.

Use resources to find out:

  • how long the programs take to complete
  • what the admission requirements are for programs
  • what certificate, diploma or degree you would receive after completing each program.

2. Visit the website of the post-secondary institution offering the program to find out the program’s start dates and how much they cost.

3. Talk to potential employers before you choose a training or education program. Find out what their preferences are if given the choice of job candidates who have graduated from different programs.

4. Ask employers what the employment situation is like for people currently doing the work you want and what the employment prospects are likely to be after you graduate.

5. Read the relevant program and application information that post-secondary institutions publish on their websites and in program calendars.

6. Check the entrance requirements for the program(s) of your choice to see if you have the required educational background.

7. If you don’t have the required education, check the institution’s mature student admission policy. If you have been out of school for a year or more, you may not have to meet all of the specified program entrance requirements.

8. If you don’t qualify as a mature student or still need particular courses, you will have to take upgrading courses before you are eligible for admission. Check the information published by the post-secondary institution—some institutions offer their own upgrading programs to help students prepare for further education.

9. Apply for admission as early as possible. It’s a good idea to apply to more than one program, especially if your preferred program has limited enrolment and more people apply than can be accepted each year.

10. Figure out how much going back to school will cost. If you will need financial assistance, look for information about awards and scholarships as well as information about student loans. Not all awards require high marks—scholarships are also awarded for achievements in extracurricular activities such as sports and volunteering. As well, many bursaries are awarded on the basis of financial need and relationship to a particular group or organization, so don’t overlook these possibilities!

Read the information carefully. Loans eventually have to be repaid and some awards have conditions attached.

Plan ahead to ensure that going back to school will be as easy and enjoyable as possible. For example, make arrangements for child care, housing and transportation well in advance. If you’re worried about your ability to succeed as a student, attend a study skills seminar, writing class or time management workshop, or learn how to use a word-processing program—whatever you think might improve your ability to do well in your studies.

If you need help while attending school, ask for it. There are many resources available, such as student counselling services, tutors and support groups. Read the student services sections of program calendars or post-secondary institution websites for information about the services available and who to contact for more information.


Source: ALIS

Jose Galang’s Speech at the April 24, 2012 Grad Ceremony


Good Evening everyone, I would like to start by sharing with you my favourite quote.

“The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it”. Michelangelo’s words are reflective on our own goals and objectives today. As the graduates of the 2012 Health Care Assistant Program, we can affirm to ourselves that we accepted the challenge to set our aims high and achieving our goals by making sure that we did not miss it.

It’s a great pleasure for me to be chosen to represent my class and I ‘m honoured to be your spokesperson. I’d like to give you the reason why I became a Health Care Assistant. To be a HCA, I truly feel that you have to be called to this profession. It’s no accident that I became a HCA. In my home country, the Philippines, as a young boy, I was always taught to care for, love, and respect my elders. That was engraved in my mind by my grandparents and the Boy Scout Organization to which I belonged.


When I came to Canada at the age of 11 it was a new beginning for me. After trying on many different professional hats in the business and hospitality industries I found a way to combine my many interests and strengths into one. It boils down to helping seniors to maintain the best quality of life possible and to look after them as considerately as I would my own family members.

To be the best professional you can be, you need the best professional education and training and that is why, after much research and upon recommendation from a past student, I choose the Academy of Learning. The theory section of our class was explained clearly and thoroughly by our dedicated teachers. The practical training has proven to be noticeably superior to offerings from other institutions.

To my fellow students, congratulation’s! It’s hard to believe there’s no more pot luck every third Friday of the month!
In seriousness, I would like to thank each and every one of you for making it easy to come to class every day. My fond memories of our class are how well we worked and studied together and pushed each other to do our personal best. At this time, I’d like to congratulate the administrators of the Academy of Learning for hiring great professional instructors to pass on their knowledge and experience to our graduating class.

To our instructors: Cesar, Valdy, Adele and Mary, thank you for dedicating your time and also for your unfailing patience with us.
To all the families of the graduating class, thank you for supporting my fellow students. To my ever – supportive wife, Candace and in – laws Joyce and Vic, Thank you for all the help and encouragement that you have given me. To my children and grandchildren, thank you for encouraging me to do my homework and helping me with navigating my computer!

In conclusion, I am very excited to encourage every member of the graduating class to be proud of your accomplishments as you represent the high standards of the Academy of learning in all your future endeavors.

Thank You, Have a good evening….

7 Tips for Success: Day One of New Job


The first day at a new job is fraught with questions. Will it look bad if I can’t remember everyone’s name? When can I ask for my first assignment? Can I bring lunch from home?

While the specific answers vary between workplaces, career coaches and recruiters say that there are a few basic guidelines that apply to most people as they transition into a new role.

On Day One, make sure you demonstrate three fundamentals: Preparedness, enthusiasm and interest in your new position.

Things may not be perfectly lined up when you first arrive at the office. Requests for a new computer or an email account may not be completed, and some of your day might be spent at your desk biding time between meetings or onboarding sessions.

Stay positive through some of those inevitable ups and downs, and don’t display your frustration. Instead, focus on observing your new surroundings and getting to know your colleagues and the company culture. Pay attention to the details, but don’t let them preoccupy you.

Here are seven must-dos on that all-important first day.

Get to Know the Workplace

“At the end of your first day, you should know the primary logistics, like access codes, office hours, appropriate attire, the breakroom location, parking, and other day-to-day basics,” says Kathy Downs, a recruiting manager for staffing firm Robert Half FA. “Get to know the lay of the land,” says Lisa Quast, president of Career Woman, a Seattle-based career development consultancy. “Go exploring with someone from the department and have them walk you around the entire building or campus to train you on where departments are located, the restrooms, cafeteria, human resources, finance, legal, operations, sales, marketing, et cetera,” she says.

It is also wise to start paying attention to the comings and goings of people around you, Downs says. What time do people get to the office? How late do they stay? Do they bring lunch or go out? Do they eat at their desks or at a table together? “Stay until the very end of the day when the majority of employees in the department go home,” Quast says. “Better yet, stay late and get to know the employees working late–this is where you’ll learn the really good stuff.”

While being eager and enthusiastic are good things, being overeager can be as much of a career killer as showing no interest whatsoever. “Learn the company culture,” says Bettina Seidman, a career adviser with New York-based SEIDBET Associates, including “social practices, advancement practices, where and when to make recommendations and suggestions.” Keep those factors in mind when you begin so you don’t rub your co-workers the wrong way by volunteering to tackle every project, for example. You want to understand the environment and the breakdown of assignments among the team first.

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Social Networking Your Way into Career Opportunities


If you’re tired of walking around a conference room with a handful of business cards and a “Hello, my name is” tag stuck to your shirt, click into the 21st century. With the advent of social networking sites, you can meet and greet contacts just as effectively as — or even more effectively than — you did face-to-face.

That’s because social networking sites do a lot of the legwork for you. No longer must you surf a company’s Web site or do laps around a room to find a name you can use; that information is just a mouse click away on networking sites like LinkedIn or even Facebook. Search for people you used to work with, friends you went to school with, and even people who work at a company that interests you. The information is readily available; the only question is what you’ll do with it.

Building your brand
If you have your own business or you’re looking for steady freelance work, building your own Web site is an important first step to securing clients. Your site may include your resume and portfolio of work, a list of services you provide, and a roster of clients and their testimonials. Since your Web site may be the first professional impression you give, you need to make sure the content is targeted and the design is user-friendly.

Blogging professionally
Keeping a blog is a more personal way to generate interest in your products or services. Blogging helps people get to know your style, your likes and dislikes, and a bit about your personal life. But there is a big difference between personal and professional blogging. You might want your friends to know the ridiculous thing your significant other said to you last night over dinner, but do you really want that information broadcast to your current colleagues, or worse, potential clients? Professional blogs work as long as you stick to your subject of expertise and save your musings about the meaning of life for your personal, restricted-access blog.

Vetting your online presence
Your online presence is something you should be proud of, something that doesn’t need to be edited for each prospective client or employer. If you’re using Facebook for networking purposes, post professionally relevant, commentable links. If you have a Twitter account, make your tweets interesting enough to attract followers. If you’re on LinkedIn, don’t be shy about asking for recommendations from your list of contacts. It’s one thing to know 100 people; it’s another to have documented evidence of their praise for you and for your work. These are the kinds of interactive bits of information that will get you noticed and keep your career on the cutting edge.

A professional Web site, blog, LinkedIn profile, Twitter presence, and other social networking tools can be a lot to manage, but the rewards make the effort worthwhile. Because when you’re looking for career opportunities, it’s best to cast a wide net. You never know where your next contact will come from.


Source: College Surfing



Careers that are in Demand!


Top In Demand Careers of 2012.

Everyone knows that engineers and doctors make a pretty penny, and are usually careers in demand. But what about jobs that don’t require a PhD?

You don’t have to spend an arm and a leg on tuition or get degree after degree in order to obtain a high-paying, rewarding career. There are plenty of jobs out there that only require a certificateassociates degree or bachelors degree.

In Demand Office Careers

Whether you are running an office in a medical facility, private organization or at a government level, you are one of the most important behind-the-scenes workers. As an administrative assistant, it is up to you to keep your office running smoothly and efficiently.

How can you become an administrative assistant? Think carefully about the type of office you would like to work in and the role you could play. Without professional work experience, you’re probably going to want to earn a certificate or associates degree in business administration, receptionist, general office occupations and clerical services, medical/clinical assistant, administrative/executive assistant and medical secretary.

In Demand Healthcare Careers

Careers in healthcare are pretty much always in demand. This is especially true now that the baby boomer generation is coming into retirement and in need of nursing and medical care.

If you want a career in healthcare, but don’t want to attend medical school, you can enroll in associates or bachelors programs in medical/clinical assisting or nursing. Or, if you are interested in technology, consider a certificate in ultrasound technology, medical insurance/biller, electrocardiograph technology, or radiologic technology.

In Demand Technology Careers

Imagine what would happen if all the computers in an office crashed. Mayhem and mass confusion would break loose. The office would cease to function.

Technology support is essential for almost all businesses today. Whether the office has an in-house information technology (IT) department, or uses a freelance company, the need for someone to manage, regulate and troubleshoot the computer systems remains.

Although many of these majors can be pursued with a certificate or associates degree, administrative IT jobs typically require a bachelors degree in software engineering, mathematics, computer science,information technology or management information systems. If you’re looking for a quicker route to a job in technology, enroll in a career college or community college to earn a certificate in desktop support.

Most In Demand Creative Jobs

Today, the gap between creative and technical jobs is closing. Helping to bridge this gap are graphic designers and desktop publishers who work with many mediums including websites and other information technologies.

There are some companies that hire in-house graphic designers. However, this career is seeing a shift to mostly freelance positions. Freelance work provides flexibility that many people need to keep up with the fast-pace of society. You work independently, from home and usually on your own schedule. If this sounds like your dream job, apply to a community college or 4-year college or university for graphic design,intermedia/multimedia or another form of visual arts.

Top Careers in Sales

Do you have a knack for persuasion, a perky voice and a friendly demeanor? Then a career in sales might be a great choice for you.

In 2012, sales job seekers should expect an increase of employment opportunities. In fact, according to a survey conducted by CareerBuilder, 27% of hiring managers said they plan to hire for sales positions.

To break into a sales job without any previous work experience, earn a certificate or associates degree in selling skills and sales operations, general merchandising, sales and related marketing operations, retailing and retail operations, sales, distribution and marketing operations.

Interested in any of the above careers? Get started today. Contact Academy of Learning and be job ready in just 9 months.


Source: Campus Explorer