Young Company Dedicated to Hiring Youth

July 5, 2017

The average age of employees at Beaumont & Co., a Dartmouth-based custom exhibit company, is just 22 years old. This may be one of the reasons the company is so passionate about hiring young people and keeping youth in Nova Scotia.

“The talent that’s here and the large pool young people that are naturally attracted to our universities and colleges makes Halifax a great place to work. There are so many great young people here for companies to hire,” says Sean Court, co-founder of Beaumont & Co. 

Beaumont & Co. regularly engages in experiential learning, having already hired six students to date. Sean says they are hoping to hire one student per semester moving forward. “We hire students every chance we get, and we’re currently looking for someone to hire in the summer months. We’re launching a product that is new to the industry, and when you’re working with something new, you can’t hire someone who has sold it. We’re looking for someone with a fresh perspective who can help us promote it.” 

Most recently, Beaumont & Co. hired an intern from NSCC for a five-week term. Sean was connected to the college through the Halifax Partnership’s Experiential Learning Initiative funded by the Province of Nova Scotia, a connection which led him to hiring a marketing student, Kurt MacNeil. 

Beaumont & Co - Kurt and Sean

Through experiential learning, students gain hands-on experience by working in their field of study with local employers. This is a low-risk way for businesses to experience and assess local talent, while improving students’ quality of education and their ability to find meaningful employment in Nova Scotia after graduation.

“Experiential learning brings a fresh perspective to your business, and a new take on things. You can hire students who are skilled in an area your company may not currently have. You can hire an international student who has connections in other places around the world where you want to grow your business,” says Sean.

Kurt graduated from NSCC with a concentration in marketing in June after completing his internship with Beaumont & Co. as Marketing Coordinator, working on market research and strategic marketing for the company.

“What I really enjoyed about Beaumont & Co. was that they didn’t sit me down with one task. They let me expand my experience and try everything until I found what I really liked doing. I didn’t know what I wanted to do in my internship at first, just that I wanted to do marketing, which is one of the reasons I wanted to work for a smaller and newer business like this one.” Kurt says that Beaumont & Co.’s size and the nature of their business made it easy to experience all parts of the company.

“There’s no such thing as right or wrong when it comes to a student: it’s all learning,” adds Sean. “We’re a new company, and still new to certain products. Even though we’re all young, any additional young voice is still a new perspective.”

Kurt says that experiential learning is a great way for students to find their niche. “A lot of employers understand that as students, we are there to learn and to figure out what we want to do in the future. It’s given me a better idea of what I want to do when I graduate.” 

Kurt plans to attend Saint Mary’s University in the fall to complete his Bachelor of Commerce degree. He hopes to continue a career in marketing in either pharmaceutical sales or at an ad agency.

The Experiential Learning Initiative is part of the Halifax Partnership’s Game Changers Youth Retention Action Plan, a three-year initiative to retain young talent in Nova Scotia. To learn more about Experiential Learning or to get involved, email halifaxpartnership.com

To read more about Beaumont & Co., visit the Game Changers website.