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Instructor in Vancouver, BC
on 8 May 2020
You can grow.It’s a place where the opportunities to grow depends on oneself. Nobody will stop you but you may not have all the support either (e.g. doing research, presenting at a gallery or traveling for a conference). Teaching could be a rewarding experience because the classes are small and you can work deeply with each student’s project.
Instructor in Calgary, AB
on 4 October 2021
Not a Respectable Place to WorkYou will be required to complete many hours of unpaid work, you will receive little to no training, you should expect to be frequently embarrassed by the utter lack of student supports, IT infrastructure, and administration. The culture is truly awful, and it's evident to students and staff alike that it is first and foremost a money machine and is far less interested in the best interests of students. The safety culture during COVID was very disappointing - no transparency, no support, etc.
Assistant Director of Admissions in Calgary (Online)
on 30 September 2021
Fast - Paced / Challenging and Rewarding - Career in EducationFollowing up on countless student inquiries, and helping individuals realize their potential. You must be driven with your strong purpose to help other individuals make their choices to get into a new career and go to school. In admissions you help your student get all the way to the starting line, and the student takes the training wheels off and they are on their way with the support of the instructors and student services. Professional attitude, and knowing that not everyone has their bags packed, and ready to go to school is needed to remain successful in this role.
Administrative Assistant in Calgary, AB
on 20 September 2021
an honest takethere are two major departments - operations and admissions. the two departments are constantly at each other's throats; we are all told across all campuses that we aren't allowed to talk to each other.. each team is given different information that conflicts with each other. this becomes very frustrating because it's like we're constantly working against each other when in reality we should be working together towards a common goal. it makes everything more difficult than it needs to be - it looks bad to the students as well when one person is saying one thing, and the other person is saying the complete opposite. it makes for a very competitive atmosphere... however admissions are given priority by upper mgmt. if anything with admissions goes wrong, they immediately throw operations under the bus, without hesitation. for your own safety, do not talk to admissions, not even a "lovely weather today". they can and will use this against you by telling their superiors the reason they couldn't make their sales goals is that you were talking to them nonstop, distracting them from doing their job. if they have nothing bad that they can say against you, they will make up something. even if they seem nice and will pretend to be your best friend, it's best to just ignore them completely. operations have to pick up all the slack from admissions, yet admissions get all the benefits (raise promotion bonuses recognition etc) while operations get nothing, not even the budget for bare minimum supplies to run a school. additionally, we are told we are not allowed to share information across campuses. so if someone doesn't know the operations or procedures on certain things, there's nobody you can turn to ask for help. if you do, you'll most likely be told "you should already know how to do this" and be left hanging. most likely you will not receive any training on how to do your job, instead, you will just get in trouble for making mistakes, and be told that it's your own fault; not allowed to use the excuse "nobody ever told me or trained me". everyone who knew anything about the school, how things are supposed to go, what things need to get done and how and why - they have all left. nobody is left that knows what is going on.it's a little bit like being in the "upside-down" - everything that should make sense isn't the norm. everything that doesn't make any sense, is the norm. instead of paying money for materials, time and resources needed to run the campus properly, they would rather cut corners at every opportunity. be prepared to work overtime doing meaningless tasks that could be done quickly and easily if they bought a licence for a proper program. don't be expected to be compensated for working overtime. don't worry if you don't get the things you're asked to get done, done. they are impossible, unrealistic expectations to put on anyone. it's like trying to bilge water from a sinking boat with a teaspoon - without plugging the holes first.be very careful if you decide to work here - especially if you're a woman in this workplace. all upper management is all male. there's only 1 female campus director (need i say more?). you will be expected to jump through every hoop imaginable just "in order to keep your job". you can work yourself to death and still be denied raises/promotions, you can get awarded for outstanding achievement - and still be threatened to be fired in the same week, the same day even, after years of working there. be prepared to be constantly yelled at, intimidated, belittled, and threatened to be fired daily and/or weekly by multiple men you've never met in person for "not being peppy enough" - when your male coworkers do the bare minimum and are praised for it. if you do decide to work here, take a page out of their book; do the bare minimum, keep your head low. don't show that you are competent, don't work too hard, never work overtime. if you do that, everyone will come to you expecting you to do their work for them. any experience it might give you isn't worth it, you won't be proving that you are a good team-player; you will be the only kid in the group project doing all the work while the others coast. it will not prove to upper management that you are a hard and loyal worker, it will only prove that they can walk all over you and take advantage of you and you won't stand up for yourself. it will not help your chances with a raise or promotion, they will tell you there are plenty of opportunities for advancement - this is a lie, there are no opportunities for advancement. i only wish I realised all of these things sooner before it was too late.
Assistant Director of Admissions in Calgary, AB
on 7 June 2021
Change lives through education - rewarding and challengingThis is a rewarding and challenging career. Helping to change lives through education requires a strong sense of why, to repeatedly look for and help new students each and everyday. Not everyone is ready to go to school, and change is never easy, even when we try to make a change for the better. This is a target driven and results driven role that is challenging and rewarding. Its amazing to see students work and what they will achieve.
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