CALGARY, Jan. 6 /CNW/ - Following a year of economic uncertainty and job
instability, a recent survey conducted by Leger Marketing shows that 46
per cent of Calgarians believe additional education or career training
will lead to increased job security for 2011.
"They're right," says Sid Mark, president of the Calgary staffing and
recruiting firm FRIDAY Professional Group Inc. "Employers currently
have the advantage of choosing from a larger pool of candidates with a
more advanced skill-set. When there are more candidates to choose from,
employer expectations are higher."
According to Mark, those job-seekers that continue to educate themselves
and develop their skills increase their chances of employment and of
"Employers have consistently shown an appreciation for those employees
who continue to learn and upgrade their skills," he said.
The same survey showed that the majority of Calgarians are looking for
flexible education options. According to the survey, 42 per cent of
Calgarians would take online courses for additional career training
while 25 per cent would attend evening classes.
"I find the convenience of an online degree program perfect for me
because I need to work full-time while upgrading my skills and online
courses allow me to go to class before work, after work or even on my
lunch break," said Benita Fleming, a student studying business at DeVry
Institute of Technology in Calgary. "I don't think I would have gotten
this far in my education without the flexibility offered by DeVry."
With the highest unemployment rates Calgary has seen in a decade, Mark
suggests those out of work continue to expand and upgrade skills while
on the job hunt.
"Additionally, our clients tell us that, if a potential employee has
been out of work for awhile, pursuing further education in the meantime
looks much better to a recruiter than doing nothing," said Mark.
Leger Marketing conducted the online survey of 405 Calgarians aged 18
years and older between November 15 and 18, 2010. The survey was
commissioned by DeVry Calgary to help the school understand the needs
of the Calgary population.
About DeVry Institute of Technology
DeVry Institute of Technology in Alberta is part of the DeVry University
system, one of the largest degree-granting higher education systems in
North America, with more than 85,000 students enrolled in the United
States and Canada. At more than 90 locations, DeVry University
delivers practitioner-oriented undergraduate and graduate degree
programs, onsite and online, that meet the needs of a diverse and
geographically dispersed student population. DeVry Institute of
Technology offers degree programs in Business Administration, Computer
Information Systems, Electronics Engineering Technology, Computer
Engineering Technology, and Network Communications Management. In
Canada, the government of Alberta grants approval for baccalaureate
degrees awarded by DeVry Institute of Technology. In the United States,
DeVry University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the
North Central Association, www.ncahlc.org. DeVry University, a part of DeVry Inc. (NYSE: DV), is based in Downers
Grove, Ill. For more information about DeVry Institute of Technology,
find us on Twitter @DeVryUniv or visit www.devry.ca.
About FRIDAY Professional Group Inc.
Celebrating more than 25 years in the staffing and recruiting industry
in Calgary, FRIDAY Professional Group Inc. excels in connecting great
people to great organizations in the areas of administration,
accounting, sales, management and professional. Direct Hire,
Flexible/Temporary and Flex-to-Hire. For more information about FRIDAY
Professional Group Inc., visit www.friday.ab.ca. Staffing & Recruitment: Mission Accomplished.
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