Find­ing your place in the job mar­ket

How to be present in your ca­reer while uti­liz­ing your de­gree

The Coast - Career Minded - - SUCCEEDING -

When you’re look­ing for work,

where you’re look­ing plays a big role. The Nova Sco­tian econ­omy isn’t one sin­gle en­gine so much as it is a team of five dif­fer­ent horses, all run­ning in the same di­rec­tion. And those horses are geo­graph­i­cal ar­eas of Nova Sco­tia.

As the prov­ince’s of­fi­cial im­mi­gra­tion web­site — no­vas­co­ti­aim­mi­gra­tion.com — puts it to po­ten­tial emi­gre work­ers, there are five “key re­gions” in Nova Sco­tia: Cape Bre­ton, the An­napo­lis Val­ley, Hal­i­fax, North­ern NS and South­ern NS. The re­gions have dis­tinct in­dus­tries, which means dif­fer­ent job mar­kets for mem­bers of the labour force.

The An­napo­lis Val­ley, for ex­am­ple, is dom­i­nated by agri­cul­tur­ally driven sec­tors and con­struc­tion, while south­ern Nova Sco­tia pro­vides forestry, fish­ing, min­ing, and oil and gas op­por­tu­ni­ties. If you want to work off the land, these re­gions are an ob­vi­ous start­ing point to look for job leads. But if you’re hop­ing to put your busi­ness de­gree and mar­ket­ing back­ground to use, it can be dif­fi­cult to see an op­por­tu­nity.

In con­trast, Hal­i­fax em­ploy­ment is dom­i­nated by ser­vice. Be­ing a tourist des­ti­na­tion, and a city that loves to min­gle and meet, the ser­vice sec­tor ac­counts for 85 per­cent of jobs, which is sig­nif­i­cantly higher than the rest of the prov­ince. North­ern NS also skews to­wards ser­vice, but with a strong com­po­nent — 25 per­cent of jobs — from the “goods in­dus­try.”

The fi­nal re­gion is Cape Bre­ton. “Health care and so­cial ser­vice sec­tors, as well as pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tion have all been on the rise,” says the im­mi­gra­tion site, a sign of pros­per­ity and in­creas­ing work op­por­tu­ni­ties. At least for peo­ple in med­i­cal fields. What’s a pho­tog­ra­pher to do?

Get­ting job-spe­cific train­ing for an in­dus­try that’s dom­i­nant in the area you want to live is one route to ca­reer suc­cess in Nova Sco­tia. But it’s not the only path. Mesh­ing your work pas­sion with a seem­ingly un­re­lated com­pany isn’t just pos­si­ble, it’s vi­tal to make the prov­ince’s econ­omy dy­namic. Mar­ket­ing pro­fes­sion­als, there are agri­cul­tural com­pa­nies that could ben­e­fit from your skills — you just need to tell them how. Pho­tog­ra­phers, ask the man­ager at your day job if they need new head­shots or web­site pho­tos.

Hav­ing the right mind­set is key to suc­ceed­ing in Nova Sco­tia. There are am­ple op­por­tu­ni­ties for ev­ery­one in every sec­tor, but it de­pends if your heart and mind are in the right place. Find the job that al­lows you to grow from within, and if they don’t ask, of­fer your ser­vice. Even­tu­ally you’ll find the place that is right for you.

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