GAME CHANGERS: Nick Misener - 2018 Best Super Connector

December 3, 2018

16_Nick Misener_Photobooth_GC Gala_2018Nick Misener, Recruitment Consultant, Information Technology at David Aplin Group, was the recipient of one of two Best Super Connector Awards at the 2018 Game Changers Awards Gala.

Since joining the Connector Program in 2016, Nick has met with 14 Connectees, including nine in the past year. Nick is always willing to meet with new Connectees and share his extensive industry insight.

Why are you a Connector?

I became a Connector because I love Halifax. I’ve lived and worked abroad and was fortunate to have others lend me a hand in making connections. It made huge impact on me. Now, it’s my turn to give back.

I connect with newcomers who arrive in Halifax from around the globe, and they all comment on the warmth and kindness of Nova Scotians. I believe our people is our region’s true selling point, and we have a shared interest in helping each other out.

Being a Connector is a simple ask. I meet with great people who want to build their lives here in Halifax and try to point them in the right direction. More often than not, I learn just as much, if not more, from them.

Can you share one of your standout Connector-Connectee experiences?

There’s been more than a few! Obviously when someone lands their first job in Halifax through a connection I made, it’s a nice feeling. But what stands out more is the personal relationships that form through the Connector Program. I’ve been invited to dinner at a Connectee’s home a few times, which is such an honour. I met one Connector about three years ago, and we still keep in touch.

What advice do you have for recent graduates?

Work hard and enjoy the journey. This is an exciting time for Halifax, and it’s an exciting time in your career.

Meet as many people as you can, and never stop learning. Ask friends for help when you need it, and help them out when you can return the favour.

Halifax has so much to offer in terms of quality of life and career opportunities, and I think we’re only scratching the surface of its potential. Our future will be shaped by you – what mark do you want to make?

The Game Changers Awards recognize exceptional Halifax businesses and Connectors that hire youth, provide meaningful experiential learning opportunities and connect young professionals to opportunities in their field. The 2018 Game Changers Awards Gala took place on October 17. Nine awards were presented.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the Game Changers Youth Retention Action Plan.