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Industry Nights at Brighton – Engineering

By Tara Bohune on May 12th, 2017 in Local News | Leave a comment


Cranes fill the Vancouver skyline as the city continues to grow at a breakneck pace.  The city’s infrastructure strains under decades of huge population growth, and roads, transit and housing developments are booming to try to accommodate the influx of new residents as a result.  The engineering and construction industries are thriving and need people at all levels for the many projects in progress and planned for the future.

Training is the obvious first step to breaking into this industry, but how do trained professionals make the leap from their education to working in this exciting and growing industry?  Building a bridge from education to employment isn’t always easy, even in a busy industry with huge workforce demands.  One of the best ways to build that bridge is through networking, but how can you network in an industry that you are not yet working in?

Brighton College strives to provide the best vocational training for Engineering and Technology students.  Our students learn about the newest and most relevant drafting and design software in the industry including AutoCAD, Revit Architecture, Civil 3D, Sketch Up and AutoDesk Inventor, just to name a few.  We provide our students with practicums for most programs, helping them make the transition from classroom to workplace with real work experience where they will apply their skills to real projects.  Brighton regularly organizes Industry Events to bring our students, alumni and industry professionals together to “talk shop” and discuss industry trends.  We help our studetnts build a network comprised of their peers, graduates and real industry professionals.  That is the Brighton difference.

Please join us for our Engineering and Technology event on May 25, 2017, at the Brighton College Burnaby campus.  Keynote speakers will include David Mah, registered architect and firm owner and Jenna Lee of Associated Engineering, a well-known and respected multi-disciplinary firm.  Our program will include 5-6 speakers in total, so please stay tuned for future updates as we continue to confirm our program.  Look forward to refreshments and draws for door prizes for attendees.  Our experienced speakers make this event a must-attend for anyone interested in this exciting and growing industry.

Call (604) 430-5608 to register.



Recap of our exciting Industry Event – IT Networking Event

By Tara Bohune on April 12th, 2017 in Local News | Leave a comment

Our Networking Industry Event was a huge success!  Thank you to corporate attendees who rubbed shoulders with our students and brought us up to speed on the trends in this fast-paced and rapidly evolving industry.

The IT industry is driven by change, specifically new and better technology that keep this industry moving at a fast pace.  Therefore, IT professionals need to be well-versed in the latest trends and technologies to keep their skill sets relevant in the job market and beyond.  Brighton College alumni Simon Shargool spoke to how upgrading his skills at Brighton College helped him attain the right certifications to re-enter the industry.  Many of our students may already be working or have worked in this industry, but need to bring their skills up to date.  As a vocational college, we can help students prepare to enter or re-enter the industry with the skills and certifications that they need.

Cybersecurity is all the buzz these days.  Amidst rumours of election hacking, Edward Snowden, the NSA, and Wikileaks, these issues have brought the topic of cybersecurity to the common cultural conversation.  We all understand the vulnerabilities that a digital world brings with it; the only barrier between information and those seeking it is computer code.  Special thanks to Jason Ng from Elevated Prompt who spoke about cybersecurity and the need for corporations to take measures to protect their data and customer information.

Who is the successful IT professional?  Training and proper qualifications are one thing, but what else do companies look for when recruiting?  Deskside manner is just as important as the technical skills that you bring to the position, says Dean Sanderson from Logic Computer Services.  Why?  A client driven business needs people who can build relationships and relate to clients.

Gordon Simon from Garnet Research Corporation stressed the importance of technical skills, the ability to solve problems and work independently and the confidence that you bring to the role.  Knowing your job, and conveying that through your confident attitude and demeanour inspires the trust of your clients and it is that trust that will solidify and grow a business.  Ranjiv Manac, another Brighton grad who spoke at the event reinforced the importance of information technology and having the proper technical ability as he spoke anecdotally about his role at Destination Auto Group.

Hayden Carbis from Onni Group brought a different perspective on working as an IT professional.  While Hayden does not have as many certifications as many of his peers, he keeps his skills relevant and fresh on his own initiative and time by keeping up to date with the latest technologies and learning through others and on the job.  In the IT industry, your education is ongoing because you are constantly learning and developing on the job.  The Onni group keeps a relatively small staff and outsources to other professionals to fill any labour or skill gaps.  Our students were excited to learn that you don’t always have to work for a big firm to work with them and that working for temporary agencies or consulting groups could offer as many opportunities as working for big firms.  There are a lot of different options and avenues for graduates from our Networking program, as described by Ali Usman, a Brighton grad whose exploration of a variety of roles finally ended with him opening his own consulting business, Precision IT Consulting.

Changing the topic from corporate to the consumer IT businesses, Mike Nielson from Sprite Multimedia Systems talked about the sales and consumer side of IT.  He spoke about the latest consumer trends and what people are asking for, from the latest TV’s and computers to virtual reality.  Technology is often a big investment, so knowing how these items work and how to fix them is critical to remaining relevant to consumers and helping them make the best choices for their investments in technology.  Having the products that consumers want and knowing how to maximize their longevity has been a recipe for success for Mike.

Special thanks to all of our business and corporate attendees for your words of wisdom and taking the time to network with our students.  Suffice it to say that our students had a great time and are equally thankful for the opportunity and the knowledge that was shared with them.

Stay tuned for more Brighton College Industry Events coming up soon!



Industry Nights At Brighton – IT Networking

By Tara Bohune on March 30th, 2017 in Events, Industry Nights | Leave a comment

Expand your professional network at our IT Networking Industry Event

Date: April 4th, 2017
Time: 3PM – 5PM
Location: Surrey Campus

Whether you are nearing the end of your program, in the thick of it, or a new applicant, at some point you are going to ask yourself “What now?  Where is all this training going to lead me?”

Making the leap from school to employment isn’t always a direct path or an easy one. The working world can be a sea of uncertainty, full of other job seekers competing for the same opportunities as you.

The IT industry is naturally an innovative one, where the only constant is change. New technology brings along with it new problems and issues to solve. It can be hard to keep up with such a fast paced world.

So how can a graduate from a Network Administration program gain the advantage to weather the storm and find stability? Is there any way to increase your appeal to potential employers and stand out in a sea of applicants?

Networking is your first step in the right direction. Experts agree that networking is critical to finding a job as a new graduate from any post-secondary program. Let us introduce you to the industry and its people.

On April 4, 2017, from 3-5 pm, Brighton College will proudly host an Industry Event for our IT Networking programs. Elevated Prompt, Garnet Research Corp, Precision IT Consulting and Logic Computer Systems will be on hand to speak on current industry trends and challenges and deliver solid advice on selling yourself in the IT world and breaking into the industry.

Rub shoulders with IT professionals, Brighton alumni, students and staff at this open event. Expand your network and be ready to hit the ground running as a more informed applicant.

Another step on the path to a brighter future.


Register now by calling 604-435-5815.

Bookkeeping 101 | 6 Essential Things To Help You Find a Career

By Sarah Jo L on October 19th, 2016 in Accounting | Leave a comment

As long as there has been the idea of ‘business’, there has been a need for someone to help manage finances. For centuries it has been someone close to the business or the owner themselves trying to juggle this job along with all the other responsibilities and duties they hold. …Continue Reading

International Trade Training: Why You Should Enroll in a CIFFA Program

By Sebastian Nguyen on October 18th, 2016 in International Trade | Leave a comment

You’re probably wondering what is CIFFA and why should you want to take a CIFFA program. CIFFA offers our students a way to get working… Fast.

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Front Desk to Manager: An Avid Perspective on Working Towards Hotel Management

By Jessica Hurford on October 11th, 2016 in Hospitality | Leave a comment

Working in Hospitality can take one in a variety of directions. As we’ve discussed in previous blog posts, you could end up working in the hustle and bustle of a casino, or perhaps a mountain resort in British Columbia’s champagne powder interior, or maybe a cruise ship sailing the seven seas. …Continue Reading

How Mumta Karra’s Father Inspired Her to Enroll in Architectural Courses

By Sebastian Nguyen on October 5th, 2016 in My Story | Leave a comment

Meet Mumta Karra who is currently finishing her Architectural Design and Building Technician Diploma program at Brighton College. After graduation, she plans to eventually establish her own company and join her father in the family business! …Continue Reading

4 Reasons You’re a Perfect FITT for International Trade

By Jessica Hurford on October 4th, 2016 in International Trade | Leave a comment

If you’re a potential student pondering your options for programs, there’s a good chance you might have overlooked the thriving International Trade and Freight Forwarding industry. …Continue Reading

Why You Should Pursue a Career as a Network Administrator [INFOGRAPHIC]

By Brighton College on September 29th, 2016 in Infographics | Leave a comment

As our technology and computing usage grows, network administrators remain essential staff for any company or business. In addition, the need for stability and security in data systems means that network administrator jobs are here to stay. …Continue Reading

Brighton College Graduation Fall Ceremony 2016 [Photos and Video]

By Sebastian Nguyen on September 28th, 2016 in Local News | Leave a comment

Last Friday we celebrated a special day as Brighton College staff, faculty and students celebrated the 2016 graduation ceremony at the Hilton Hotel at Metrotown. …Continue Reading