I had the opportunity of participating at FUSION Halifax's monthly social event last Thursday. Promoted as a networking event, I brought a friend along to check things out.
Mingling in the crowd, my friend and I quickly noticed that the event attracted young professionals living in Halifax. In two hours I took part in a great opportunity to meet new people. I quickly realized that networking was not as challenging as I had first imagined and found myself starting conversations with several other young professionals.
As a Public Relations student, I realize the importance of forming professional relationships. Networking is a crucial element in any type of career and FUSION Halifax facilitates what young people in the city need; a comfortable and inviting environment for meeting people. With several events taking place each month, FUSION Halifax will be of tremendous value as I begin my career adventure here in Halifax.
FUSION Halifax can also expose young people to new environments. I had never entered the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and was eager to view the work of the Sobey Award finalists. The curator of the exhibit, Sarah Fillmore, gave us a tour of the exhibit and made me realize that art had the potential of being exciting.
FUSION Halifax grew out of a Greater Halifax Partnership initiative. Realizing the need to keep and retain our emerging talent, the Partnership engaged leading young professional expert Rebecca Ryan to survey the demographic and make recommendations. One of the key recommendations was the creation of a young professional networking group. FUSION Halifax has been growing ever since. Young professionals in Greater Halifax are now building relationships in a comfortable environment. Joining the group is free. If you are interested in learning more about the networking group or want to sign-up, visit their website at fusionhalifax.ca. Check out their upcoming events and get involved!
-Natalie Cormier is a senior Public Relations student at Mount Saint Vincent University. Natalie is currently a co-op student at Greater Halifax Partnership.