Career Resources for Diverse Groups
At the Bissett Student success Centre we recognize that students who belong to diverse groups may face additional barriers to career success, or have special considerations when job searching. We want to ensure that all students have access to career resources that reflect their reality, so we have collected career resources specific to each group listed below. When possible, we chose resources produced by persons who are members of the respective group that the resource is for. We understand that many individuals may belong to multiple intersecting identities, and that these categories do not encompass all marginalized groups, or who may have specific considerations when searching for careers.
We thank YouthProject for their assistance in creating this page of resources.
Black/African Descended Students
Black Business Initiative - The Black Business Initiative offers assistance to Black owned businesses in Halifax. a mentorship program, youth entrepreneurship program, training program for black construction workers and lots of programs for black small business owners
The Memo blog - aimed at motivating women of color to achieve their professional and personal goals. Posts every monday
ONYX Initiative - Onyx Initiative aspires to be a catalyst for the professional growth and development of Black Canadians as they launch their careers after university/college, helping them through access to placements, mentorships, coaching and professional development.
Working in Canada for Forign Workers - includes info on work permits, student visas and more.
Dalhousie International Centre - The International centre offers assistance with immigration and visas
Futurpreneur Indigenous - offers assistance to Indigenous persons between the ages of 18-35 looking to start a business. They offer up to $60,000 in financing, an expert mentor for up to two years, and access to resources.
Aboriginal Peoples Training and Employment Commission - Native council of Nova Scotia in partnership with the NS community outreach commission assists in ensuring and maintaining long term employment of Aboriginal Peoples of Nova Scotia
Career Navigation for Recent Indigenous Graduates - From University of British Colombia
Start Proud - Start Proud facilitates the professional development of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ+) students as they transition from school to career in order to build a national network within the LGBTQ+ community. They host conferences and offer a mentorship program.
A guide to sharing pronouns in the workplace - From MyPronouns.org
PrideAtWork Job Board - Job posting website for employers that welcome and encourage LGBTQ+ job seekers to apply
Know Your Rights - A Guide for LGBTQ2+ - from Pride At Work
Students with Disabilities
The Duty To Accomodate - From the National educational Association of Disabled Students, in- depth resource on the duty to accommodate. Employers must accommodate their employees with disabilities and cannot discriminate against persons with disabilities.
WorkInk - Job posting site specifically for people with disabilities. Developed by the Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work
Searchable Online Accommodation Resource - From the Job Accommodation Network. This resource allows you to search by limitation, work functions, disabilities and to learn about a given disability and offers suggestions for how that disability can be accommodated in the workplace. This is targeted towards employers, however may be helpful for people with disabilities to use when requesting accommodations from their employer, or if they are interested in seeing what kind of accommodations may be available.
Easter Seals NS New Leaf Training Program - provides an opportunity for Nova Scotians with disabilities to acquire workplace and entrepreneurship skills
Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Professionals - includes lots of articles by and for deaf people and their families around professional issues (ie, ACCESSIBILITY STRATEGIES FOR DEAF / HARD OF HEARING PEOPLE IN REMOTE MEETINGS)
CNIB Work Programs for Those with Sight Loss - Includes “come to work” program matching people with sight loss with employers, “the venture zone” for those with sight loss looking to work for themselves and the Connecting the Dots conference: Canada's largest educational and professional development experience focused on braille, technology and employment for people who are blind or partially sighted.