Pathway to Stay in Nova Scotia

Preparing international students for employment

In partnership with Business + Higher Education Roundtable, and with the support from the Government of Canada, Dalhousie University and Nova Scotia Community College have teamed up to deliver a program called "Pathway to Stay", which is focused on career readiness.

Pathway to Stay is a free, non-credit program open to all NSCC and Dalhousie undergraduate international students, and runs from January 2024 to July 2024. The project will involve the 3 following interconnected work-integrated learning components, whose content is developed by En Point:

  • Workshops: will provide students with the opportunity to focus on their career development goals and sharpen their skills and build their toolkit. These workshops will prepare students for the bootcamps and showcases. (Each workshop takes approximately 1-2 hours)
  • Bootcamps: events to practice and improve students' job-seeking skills and become more confident with networking and personal interactions. Students will also work on presentation skills, branding, networking, and employer research. (Each bootcamp takes approximately 2-3 hours)
  • International Students Showcases: will include a case competition, student pitch competition, networking with employers, and employer information sessions. (Each showcase takes approximately 3 hours)

Participating students can select from the list of workshops, bootcamps, and showcases (see ‘upcoming schedule’ below). To complete the program, students must join/view at least 10hrs of Pathway to Stay sessions. Students can select which sessions to join/view depending on their own availability. Online sessions will be recorded so that students can view them later.

Upcoming Schedule

Event Date/Time Format
Career Kickstarter: AKA Building a Proactive Job Search Plan

January 26 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.


February 8 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Professional Communication in 2024 and Beyond  February 21 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m Online
Bootcamp #1 February 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Online
Strategic Networking March 6 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Online
Personal Branding That Works for You & Mastering the Pitch  March 19 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Online
Student Showcase #1 March 26 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. In person
Leveraging LinkedIn in Your Job Search April 10 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Online
Crafting a Great Job Application April 25 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Online
Bootcamp #2 April 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. In person
Interviewing for Success May 8 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Online
Interview and Resume Combo Facilitated Exercise May 14 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Online
Student Showcase #2 May 15 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. In person
Building Career Resilience June 6 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Online
Bootcamp #3 June 18 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. In person
Managing Your Career July 4 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Online
Graduation July (Date TBD) TBD


Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the Pathway to Stay program, you must be an international student registered in an undergraduate degree program at Dalhousie University.

Benefits of joining the Pathway to Stay Program

  • Make yourself ready for the Canadian job market
  • Log your time through Co-Curricular Record
  • Receive a certificate of completion (Minimum of 10 hours of participation required)

Program Registration

Registration is now open for the Pathway to Stay Program for NSCC and Dalhousie Students on the NSCC website. (Note: the registration form takes approximately 5-10 minutes to complete)

The Pathway to Stay program starts in January, so make sure to register early and make the best of the range of workshops available to you. However, even if you join the program after the first few events, you can still meet your required hours of participation (All sessions will be recorded and will be available to you). 

More Information

  • Computer Science students can contact Kewoba Carter, Career Development Manager (Computer Science), at
  • Engineering students can contact Justin Deturbide, International Recruitment & Support Manager (Engineering), at
  • All other students can contact Erika Sommerville (International Centre Programs & Transition Coordinator), at
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