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Non‑credit diploma program helps international students transition to working world in Canada and abroad

Posted by Darcy MacPhail on February 12, 2024 in News

Is there a better professional feeling than when a project finally comes to fruition? For the Faculty of Open Learning & Career Development’s Kieran Parmelee, manager of special projects, one year of hard work made this a reality.

Upon joining the Faculty in the fall of 2022, they were tasked with developing a program designed to help international post-graduate students develop in-demand leadership skills and work experience in Canada. Thus, the Post-Graduate Diploma in Professional & Leadership Studies was born (“PGDip,” for short).

The 16-month program, offered in partnership with the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS), enables these students to build valuable workplace skills through a mix of courses and certificate, one-on-one career counselling, job search assistance, and a four-month work term in their field of study.

After months of developing the program, reviewing applications and, of course, promoting it, the Faculty welcomed its first group of students on in early January of this year. 

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