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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!



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

Guru Granth Sahib: 15 Fascinating Facts on the Holy Book

By Imroze Singh Deol on September 1st, 2016 in Local News | Leave a comment

On September 4th, Abbotsford will be hosting an annual Sikh parade. This parade is the celebration of the establishment of the holy book “Guru Granth Sahib” as sikhs’ final sovereign and eternal guru. …Continue Reading

6 Inspiring Female Olympic Athletes | 2016 Summer Olympics

By Sebastian Nguyen on August 12th, 2016 in Local News | Leave a comment

With the 31st Summer Olympic Games underway, this year has seen some amazing stories from some of the best athletes around the world. …Continue Reading

$1000 Back to School Grant – September 2016

By Brighton College on August 2nd, 2016 in Local News | Leave a comment

With Fall approaching fast, are you feeling the urge to make a significant change in your career? Have you found a career path that you want to pursue yet lack the training you need? …Continue Reading

Vaisakhi – A Guide to the Annual Sikh Parade and Traditions

By Imroze Singh Deol on April 11th, 2016 in Local News | Leave a comment

In a week or two, you’ll probably start hearing about “the Sikh Parade” that happens around Vancouver and Surrey every year. You’ve also most likely heard about the free food given out at the parade but there is so much more to it. To a Sikh, the day of April 13th holds a very special place. On this day they celebrate the Harvest season and the Birth of Khalsa. …Continue Reading

International Women’s Day | 6 Inspiring Women From Fact & Fiction

By Sebastian Nguyen on March 8th, 2016 in Local News | Leave a comment

Today marks International Women’s Day which celebrates all the accomplishments of women around the globe. From it’s origins in 1909, the day promotes awareness of the social, economical or political achievements from women throughout history.

In celebration, we decided to shed some light on 6 inspirational women from both fact and fiction.

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Take a Stand Against Bullying | Help Support Pink Shirt Day 2016 [Video]

By Sebastian Nguyen on February 24th, 2016 in Local News | Leave a comment

If you were ever a victim of bullying what advice would you give yourself? Welcome to Pink Shirt Day!

We had the chance to ask our staff to provide one piece of advice to help everyone take a stand against bullying.

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Brighton College Graduation Fall Ceremony 2015 [Video and Photos]

By Sebastian Nguyen on October 9th, 2015 in Local News | Leave a comment

Last Friday we celebrated a special day as Brighton College staff, faculty and students celebrated the 2015 graduation ceremony at the Hilton Hotel at Metrotown.

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New Beginnings for January Graduates

By Denisa Baltat on February 5th, 2015 in Local News | Leave a comment

Here at Brighton College we stand behind all our grads and we’re very proud of all their achievements. This month we would like to congratulate our graduates from various programs, who have started their new careers at excellent companies. …Continue Reading