Opportunities NB (ONB) and the province of New Brunswick understand the importance of retaining both new graduates and highly-skilled newcomers. That’s why, in partnership with the National Connector Program and the Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour (PETL), ONB has introduced an exciting new version of ONB Connects.
ONB Connects helps new graduates and new immigrants to Canada quickly build a professional network that could lead to incredible career opportunities.
“We know New Brunswickers want to help others find great careers and feel welcomed in their new community,” notes Monica Gaudet-Justason, ONB Manager of Stakeholder Relations. “Often times, however, people don’t know how to help. ONB Connects makes it easy for busy people to make a difference in someone’s career path and build a better future for New Brunswick.”
A Connector is a local business person, civil servant, young professional and/or community leader who is:
- Experienced in their industry and has a strong network;
- Often found making introductions within social, cultural, professional, and economic circles;
- Actively involved in their community and/or industry;
- Willing to support newcomers and new grads in building strong networks to retain them in New Brunswick.
A Connectee is a recent graduate (local or international) or a newcomer to Canada who is:
- Job ready and actively looking to launch a career in New Brunswick;
- Proficient in English and/or French;
- Eligible or legally entitled to work in Canada; and
- A graduate of a post-secondary program.
Match, Connect, Refer
ONB Connects allows New Brunswick business leaders and employers to tap into a talent pool they would not otherwise have access to.
“The commitment a Connector makes is light, yet its impact can be incredibly significant,” says Gaudet-Justason. “We ask ONB Connectors to meet with a Connectee for 30 minutes to discuss their background, skillset and careers of interest, and then make three referrals. It’s one thing to connect with someone via LinkedIn; when you meet a newcomer or new grad in person, however, and see how amazing they are, you will want to help them succeed.”
Learn more at ONBConnects.ca.