Richard Bagnell knows how to listen.

After graduating high school in his native Truro, he listened to his heart and travelled extensively, living and working in Australia and then Vancouver. After that, he listened to his instincts to move home to Nova Scotia.

Soon he was working for a contractor and making plans to study a trade at Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC). But he listened to his mentor at the company, who said, “Richard, you don’t belong there holding the drill. You need to be managing the project.”

So he attended NSCC Truro Campus, but pursued an Advanced Diploma in International Business, graduating in 2015.

“It gave me a new perspective in many ways – I ended up saying ‘yes’ to more opportunities,” said Bagnell. That included a three-week intensive course in The Netherlands, for which he was one of eight post-secondary Nova Scotia students selected.

At NSCC, we hear frequently from students and alumni about the life-changing experiences they have as students and beyond.

Make Way – The Campaign for NSCC aims to open doors so that more Nova Scotians have access to a transformational experience.

Make Way is a $25 million, province-wide fundraising initiative. Each of NSCC’s 13 campuses – including Truro – is participating, with money raised locally staying in the community to support priorities at Truro Campus.

Our generous donors are supporting students and enhancing learning through financial aid – scholarships, bursaries, urgent aid, extraordinary learning opportunities – innovative programming, instructional equipment, and Centres of Expertise.

These days, you could say Bagnell is listening for a living, as a Fraud and Investigation Specialist with Navigator – Powered by LifeRaft, a global start-up based in Halifax. It developed and markets a social media listening tool that allows clients to protect their assets.

“It’s very impressive. It blows a lot of people’s minds,” he said. “We use open-source public data from social media, the deep web, and the dark web to mitigate risk.”

Bagnell, 30, joined the firm from MetOcean Telematics, where he travelled across Canada and Europe doing technical sales.

NSCC prepared him well for the world of sales, networking and research, his primary responsibilities with Navigator.

“The atmosphere is excellent. The instructors are great, and they definitely make you work – they don’t spoon-feed you.”

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