Our Students

One of the main objectives of those considering gerontology as a field of study is to secure employment that is challenging and relevant. Given Ryerson’s commitment to providing career-oriented education, it is imperative that the program provides its students with marketable, employment-relevant competencies and skills.

Our current Certificate in Aging and Gerontology generally draws students from allied health profession and social work, counseling, sociology, biology, and psychology undergraduate majors. However, many of our students have job positions such as:

  • educational administrators designing programs to meet the needs and interests of older students
  • public administrators developing policies
  • accountants and financial planners
  • retirement housing managers and personnel
  • architects, interior designers, and product designers focusing on design principles that show comprehension of the aging process
  • recreational consultants, health or athletic trainers focused on adult wellness and programs to meet the needs of the elderly
  • dietitians, nutritionists, and caterers specializing in the needs of the aging population
  • human resources or job placement consultants working with older adults
  • advertisers and marketers needing to evaluate the spending and entertainment trends of the older population
  • leisure and travel specialists wanting to offer specialized options geared to the needs and interests of the older population

Instruction Meets Expertise – Meghan McArthur, Graduate, Certificate in Gerontology

Meghan McArthur“Having graduated from the Spanning the Gaps program at The Chang School, I knew that Ryerson was the right institution where I could continue my education. I have gained a very strong support system at The Chang School and I honestly do not believe I could have obtained the same continual help from another school.”

“I have gained a very strong support system at The Chang School and I honestly do not believe I could have obtained the same continual help from another school.”

Meghan McArthur,
Graduate, Certificate in Gerontology

Meghan’s path to successfully completing the Certificate in Gerontology in 2016 and a BASc degree in Nutrition and Food in the spring of 2017 has not been without its challenges. In her first year of her undergrad, Meghan recognized a void in the discussion about the future health needs of aging Canadians and that having a minor in gerontology would be a huge asset in today’s job market. The certificate program was offered online and she quickly recognized that the courses gave her a deeper sense of the unique needs of older adults.

One month after enrolling in her first gerontology course, Meghan and her husband found out she was pregnant with their first child. Elliott was born one month before three of her distance education courses ended. The instructors were supportive, encouraging, and accommodating, providing her with alternative arrangements so that she would not fall behind. The three courses were successfully completed while Elliott was under a month old.

The online experience has been overwhelmingly positive for Meghan. The weekly deadlines, discussion boards, and the sense of community between a supportive staff and classmates have helped her with time management and long-term planning. The positive experience with post-secondary education has allowed Meghan to not only successfully complete her academic goals, but she is also now the proud founder and CEO of an online nutrition counselling business called Truthful Foods: Life Course Nutrition Counselling.

Story by Anna Rumin, Learner, Writing Workshops