Unexpected Opportunity Leads to a Career for Bursary Recipient

Posted on May 01, 2022 | Sponsored Content | 0 Comments

 

In the fall of 2021, the Nova Scotia Career Development Association (NSCDA), in partnership with the Dalhousie University Faculty of Open Learning & Career Development, introduced a bursary program to award 10 people from African Nova Scotia, Indigenous, or new-to-Canada communities the opportunity to complete the Dalhousie Certificate of Professional and Leadership Studies for Career Practitioners.

 

Templeton Sawyer (Photo credit: Danny Abriel, Dalhousie University)

 

One of the bursary recipients was Templeton Sawyer, who moved to Canada in 2016 from Cay Abaco, Bahamas. Templeton has a diploma in Marketing and Advertising Management from Holland College in Prince Edward Island and is completing an undergraduate degree in business marketing, specializing in non-profit leadership and management at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax.

 

“I wake up every morning knowing I have an amazing career and growth opportunity to serve people.”

—Templeton Sawyer

 

Templeton now works as an Employment Support Practitioner with TEAM Work Cooperative, a Nova Scotia Works Centre in Halifax.

It was an unexpected offer that led Templeton on the path to become a career development practitioner.

“I saw an ad on social media for TEAM Work Cooperative, and right away, I reached out. Marcus Jamieson, the executive director for TEAM Work, was the Mentor Ability Coordinator at the time. I spoke with him, one thing led to another and I was offered an internship with TEAM Work, working as an Information Resource Specialist,” says Templeton. Once the internship was complete, Templeton was offered a full-time position and couldn’t be happier. “I wake up every morning knowing I have an amazing career and growth opportunity to serve people.”

 

Left to right: Templeton Sawyer, and Maggie Morden (Photo credit: Danny Abriel, Dalhousie University)

 

Templeton has already started taking classes towards the Dalhousie Certificate of Professional and Leadership Studies for Career Practitioners and believes that his studies will help him create more “models and strategies that I will use for my clients.” He recommends the certificate for people in other fields, as well. “The Dalhousie training teaches real-life experiences that will help people working in the profession grow, but I also think the certificate would be beneficial to those expanding and tapping into other industries, such as human resources.”

The flexibility of online classes makes the Dalhousie Certificate of Professional and Leadership Studies for Career Practitioners  all the more appealing to Templeton, “I was in the Bahamas for the holidays when the course started and was happy to have the ability to start virtually.”

Always looking for new learning and development opportunities, Templeton’s career plans include working towards his Career Development Practitioner certification with the NSCDA.

The Dalhousie Certificate of Professional and Leadership Studies for Career Practitioners includes six 12-week courses offered online. Courses are designed for anyone employed in the career services field. Learners will gain a better understanding of how to support people through career transitions, job loss, and grief, and explore the concepts of diversity and inclusion by reflecting on their own unique experiences.

If you work as a career practitioner, in the career development field or want to expand your knowledge in this area, contact Dalhousie University’s Student Services team at [email protected] or visit the website at Dalhousie Certificate of Professional and Leadership Studies for Career Practitioners.

 


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