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Tips for New Adult Learners

Your own actions and attitudes play an important role in your continued growth and professional development.


Boost your career potential

Which skills will allow us to make the biggest impact in our current and future roles? Take a look at our picks for our most valuable skills to boost your career potential in 2019.


Tips for Leading through conflict

Most people do their best to avoid conflict, even though it may be a daily occurrence in the workplace. When left unchecked, it can damage relationships, kill momentum, and undermine the performance of any team.


Flip your Thinking

Imagine if there was a roadmap that could help you successfully tackle a complicated issue at work, or finally resolve a reoccurring challenge.


The Value of Continuous Learning

According to the study, learning new, transferable skills is one of the best things Canadian workers – and their employers - can do to keep up with the pace of change.


Curious about what’s new at Western Continuing Studies?

Throughout our careers, and in every aspect of our lives, we are often asked to meet new demands and overcome unique challenges.


3 Steps to Improving your Decision-Making Skills

We make hundreds of decisions each day. Some are as simple as what to eat for lunch.


Three Project Management Trends to Watch

As organizations struggle to keep pace with a rapidly-changing work environment, it’s up to project managers to keep stakeholders working together towards a common goal.


New Accelerated Certificates

We've created FOUR new certificates that take only THREE courses to complete!


Recommendations for Fall 2018

There are certain things you tend to associate with Fall: cooler temps, apple picking, pumpkin spice, and back to school.


Top 10 Courses in 2017/2018

We offer approximately 200 public interest courses to more than 1,800 students in any given year. This year, the following classes cracked our top 10 most popular courses list.


TOP TEN LIST - Spring 2018

In the coming months what are the learning and development goals to grow your knowledge and develop new skills? Not sure what to take? Here are our top 10 spring courses! Register soon as these courses are filling up fast!


Recommendations for Spring 2018

Ready to shake off the winter blues and start planting seeds for the future?


The key to managing a multi-generational workforce

Today, as more people choose to work past the traditional age of retirement, many employers are faced with the challenge of managing a workforce that spans four generations.


Employee Engagement Trends to Watch in 2018

In today’s competitive job market organizations of all sizes must continually strive to attract and retain the best and the brightest.


Lifelong learning leads to career advancement

Kevin Condorato has always been good at working with machines. His lifelong passion for finding out how things work served him well when he joined TR Electronic in 2004. Find out how has leadership training has help him ...


The Power of Proofreading

We spoke with Jason Winders, Director, Editorial Services at Western University and our Editing Workshop instructor, for some of his tips and tricks when it comes to writing, editing and proofreading.


TOP TEN LIST - Fall 2017

See what courses are filling up the fastest this fall! 


Return to Learning: Taking courses as a busy adult

Have you been thinking about taking a course but don't think you can fit it into your busy schedule? We offer courses in multiple formats so you can fit learning into your busy life.


How to go Back to School as a Working Professional

We've put together 6 tips for how to go back to school as a working professional while keeping your day job... and your sanity!


Three Questions with Janine Higgins

Janine Higgins, lead instructor in our Conflict Management program, shares her expertise on managing conflict in the workplace.


Careers that Change Lives: Working in the Not-for-Profit Sector

We spoke with Western Continuing Studies instructors Jackie Ellefsen and Carol-Ann Smith to find out what inspired them to get into the not-for-profit sector and to see what advice they have for students looking to enter the field.


New Courses for 2017/2018

Back-to-school season is fast approaching! We’ve developed several new courses for the upcoming year in topics ranging from design and emotional intelligence, to digital writing and poetry.


On the Cover: Gary Mauricio

See what our Fall 2017 Course Calendar cover boy, Gary Mauricio, had to say about his experience with taking Western Continuing Studies' Leadership Program.


Your 2017 Summer Reading List

If you’re looking to get a little more learning out of your summer reading this year, we’ve got you covered. See what top reads Western Continuing Studies instructors recommend for Summer 2017.


Think Different!

What is design thinking and how can it help your organization? See what Western Continuing Studies has to offer in its new Design Thinking webinar and workshops. 


Developing Your Emotional Intelligence

Your IQ gets you hired, but your EQ gets you promoted. Emotional intelligence, or EQ, is the skills and ability that allow us to function well in life. 


Trois-Pistoles: A Fusion of Learning and Culture

While French fluency is a valuable asset in the job market, the benefits of getting acquainted with your inner Francophone go far beyond bolstering your resume.


Transitioning from Employee to Student

Communications Assistant Natalie Ebel shares her experience on taking a workshop with Western Continuing Studies.


Top 10 Courses in 2016/2017

We offer approximately 130 public interest courses to more than 1,500 students in any given year. See what classes topped this year's list of our 10 most popular courses. 


3 Simple Strategies to Encourage Leadership Development

Are great leaders born or are they made? It’s a question with no right answer. Some people seem to possess a natural ability to inspire and lead, while others may need more mentoring and support to fully develop their leadership potential.


Getting Social

Whether you are new to social media or re-evaluating the social media tools in your organization’s overall communications plan, going back to the basics can ignite that spark to create a social strategy that burns bright!  


Show What You Know

If you want your résumé to stand out in the pile here are three reasons why you need to keep learning and why you should highlight it on your resume.


Seven Tips to Make the Most out of a Workshop

Our workshops provide a wide range of interactive learning experiences focusing on practical skills you can apply to your work. Although our workshop


Tips for Preparing for the Interview

Congratulations you've got the interview! You want to make the kind of impression that will get you the job. Follow our Practicum Coordinator's handy job interview list to prepare and win over your interviewer 


5 Steps to Building a Personal Brand

Personal branding – the act of marketing oneself to an employer like a product to a consumer – has become increasingly popular, especially among millennials. Admittedly, it can be quite daunting to cultivate a strong social media presence that will embody the best of your personal and professional ‘personalities’.


Five Options to Explore When You Graduate

When one door closes, another one opens – at least, that’s how the saying goes. As the end of your undergraduate degree draws near, you might be lucky enough to already know what open door awaits you. However, many of us are probably uncertain about what our future might hold. At this point in our lives, it’s time to start opening some of our own doors! 


3 Ways to Make Your Social Media Profiles More Professional

Whether you're looking for a new job or to make new connections, here are three ways to help you put your best foot forward on social media. 


Achieve Your Learning Goals Wherever You Are

Online learning provides the flexibility to learn by removing the limits of time and space. Learn on your own schedule and study during the times of the day when you are at your most productive.  


Keep Learning

Professional development is an ongoing process in which you gain the knowledge and skills to achieve your potential. Continuing your education even after you've started working has many benefits including the potential for higher earnings, lower levels and shorter periods of unemployment, and many more. 


Tips for Acing the Interview

You want to make the kind of impression that will get you the job. Follow our these tips to prepare for the interview and win over your interviewer. 


Back To School Isn't Just For Kids

The prospect of returning to school can seem daunting, especially if it's been a while since you last set foot in a classroom, but it doesn't have to be. 


Tips for Preparing for the Interview

Congratulations you've got the interview! You want to make the kind of impression that will get you the job. Follow our Practicum Coordinator's handy job interview list to prepare and win over your interviewer 


Trends in Professional Development

Lifelong learning and professional development continue to be among the most important activities in becoming and remaining successful in today's competitive economy - this is just as true for individuals as it is for corporations.  


Global Leadership Forecast

This report, based on global research, will help you understand how talent programs impact leader readiness, know how prepared leaders drive financial success, and mitigate risks to program success. 


Three Phrases Every Leader Should Master

Language plays a huge role in leadership and is one of the many things leaders should be mindful of. Read on to find out which phrases every leader should master and why they work.


What's Your Conflict Resolution Style

Conflict can be costly. It can affect the bottom line of a company's performance, waste employees' time, and impact the quality of decisions. People in conflict are less likely to share vital information and more likely to become enmeshed in power struggles. 


Ten Skills You Need to Survive the Job Market

Transferable skills, also called employment skills, are important to all employers because they enable you to: quickly fit into the workplace culture; get along with your colleagues; anticipate; adapt; make critical decisions; solve problems; lead teams; develop respect; become an advocate for organization; and succeed in the job.


Benefits of Professional Development

Professional development is an ongoing process in which you gain the knowledge and skills to achieve your potential. In a world of continual change, professional development ensures your knowledge remains relevant and current.


How to Have a Successful Career

Having career success is a common goal many people share. Working is a significant part of life so there’s no wonder people want to do something that is meaningful to them.


Achieving a Healthy Work-Life Balance

Finding a way to prioritize what needs to be done, what can wait and everything else life throws at us can be challenging to master. There are four pillars of life: exercise, food, self-reflection (coaching) and mindfulness. When one of these is out of balance or ignored it can have a negative impact on your life.



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