On March 3rd, 2018, the 4th annual BEST Conferece saw it’s largest gathering of students. 250 international students from across Nova Scotia registered for the BEST conference, a collaborative initiative of EduNova, Mount Saint Vincent University, Nova Scotia Community College, Dalhousie University, Halifax Partnership, Venor Youth Employment. The conference was started four years ago by NSCC and the MSVU, and has since gained momentum as a component in the larger, sector-wide initiative to support and retain international students in the province. BEST targets appropriate services and supports for international students, giving students tools and contacts needed to stay, live, and work in Nova Scotia after they graduate.
This year the 2018 BEST conference took place at Dalhousie University. Guests included a Ceremonial welcome with Elder in Residence (Elder Geri), Honourable Lena Metlege Diab (Minister of Immigration and Acadian Affairs and Francophonie, and His Worship Mayor Mike Savage. The conference incorporated workshops, networking opportunities, and breakout sessions to support the exchange of ideas and approaches for building employment skills and successful transitions. Workshops included topics: Immigration, Networking Foundations, Workplace Culture & Volunteering, Banking Careers and Tips for Job Seekers, Entrepreneurship, Interview Skills, and Techniques. There was also a student panel and learning market for students to network with industry professionals.
100 students from EduNova’s STAY in NS and Study and Stay programs attended this event to receive practical training and help to position themselves in the Nova Scotia job market, school, and workplace.