Flexible, online program open doors to a new career

NIC student Erin Matheson is preparing for a new career, thanks to training through NIC’s Office Administration programs.

Matheson previously worked for 13 years at a car rental company, having started in an entry-level position and worked her way up to be a department manager.

She left that job to start a family. But once her kids were older, she decided to re-enter the workforce.

“As I updated my resume, I realized how outdated my skills had become,” she said. “I didn’t want to embark on a new career without feeling confident in my abilities. When a friend told me that NIC offered classes online, I immediately checked it out. I found the schedule to be flexible, the courses relevant and the cost was affordable.”

Matheson has earned her Office Administration 1 certificate online and is well on her way to earning her Administrative Assistant certificate.

She's also broadening her skill set to potentially pursue a clerical career in the health care field, thanks to NIC’s online medical terminology course, which are aimed at preparing students for administrative roles in clinics, doctor’s offices or other medical facilities.

“One of the best things about these programs is the range of opportunities it provides students,” said Richelle Gardiner-Hynds, NIC Office Administration department chair. “Whether you’re just starting out, coming back after some time away, or looking to advance your skills so you can take that next step in your career, the range of programs and courses has something that will meet your needs.”

For Matheson, the programs have been a great fit.

“Working on these courses while my kids are in school has been wonderful,” she said. “I enjoy having a sense of purpose and improving myself, while still maintaining the family balance that works best for us.”

“The support staff are always eager to help, communication is swift and I feel valued as a student,” added Matheson. “When I look to my future now, I see quality career opportunities. I am thrilled with my decision to become a distance learner with NIC.”

NIC offers four office administration programs, including office management. All are offered exclusively online.

To apply for programs or learn more, visit www.nic.bc.ca/office-administration/.

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