Halifax, Nova Scotia, is home to a number of educational institutions, some of which are world-renowned. Every year, a fresh crop of graduates earn their degrees from establishments such as Dalhousie University, University of King's College, the Atlantic School of Theology, Nova Scotia College of Early Childhood Education, Saint Mary's University, the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and more. But after they don their gowns and toss their caps, what's the next step for these newly minted grads?
Some graduates already have jobs lined up before they walk across the stage to receive their diplomas, thanks to college internships or other connections they made during the course of getting their educations. For those who don't, the Halifax Partnership's Connector Program may be useful.
Graduates who join the Connector Program (known as "Connectees") undergo a background and experience assessment before being matched with local community leaders, civil servants and employers ("Connectors"). Following a meeting between the Connector and Connectee, the former refers the latter to three people in his or her network, each of whom reaches out to three more professionals on the Connectee's behalf. Over the course of the process, Connectees begin to cultivate their own networks, develop a greater understanding of the local job market and potentially find employment as a result.
Recent grads who are uncertain what to do next may benefit from the Connector Program.
Between April 2008 and November 2014, the Connector Program matched 1,207 Connectees with 725 Connectors and found 520 jobs for immigrants, international students and recent graduates.
Taking the next step
Of course, while finding a job is important, it's only the first step in the process of achieving professional success. Career advice and job search magazine CAREEREALISM offered the following pieces of advice for new grads trying to make the transition from school to the workplace:
- Exhibit patience
- Thank those who help you
- Recognize that you won't stay in your current role forever and plan accordingly
- Avoid gossip and think about what - and how - you're going to say something before you say it
- Understand that although you're no longer in school, your education isn't over - only now, it's called "professional development"
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