Academic and Career Advising for Continuing Education

Are you looking for academic or career advice?

Academic Advising 

  • Are you a current or prospective student interested in learning more about courses and programs offered at The Chang School?
  • Are you interested in taking courses at The Chang School that can improve your chances of admission to a degree program?
  • Do you have general questions about enrolment and registration at The Chang School?
  • Are you interested in starting or returning to post-secondary studies, but unsure where to begin?

If you answered yes to one or more of the above questions, our academic advisor can help!

Academic advising can help continuing education learners frame and achieve their future goals. If you are trying to decide on a different academic stream, looking to gain new skills to give you a competitive edge in the job market, or simply unsure of your options when it comes to continuing education, connect with our academic advisor.

Connect with our Academic Advisor, Dave Dalrymple:
Drop-in hours:Wednesdays, 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. (or by appointment)
Location:The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education
Ryerson University
Heaslip House
297 Victoria Street
Toronto, ON M5B 1W1

Dave DalrympleAcademic Advisor

Dave Dalrymple has an MA in Communication and Culture from Ryerson University. He recognizes the importance of setting and achieving professional goals, and he is a strong believer in education for education’s sake. Dave has several years of freelance film production work under his belt, and he brings a wealth of personal and professional experience to the role of academic advisor at The Chang School.


Career Advising 

  • Are you looking for support with choosing a career path?
  • Are you looking for support with your job search?
  • Would you like help with your resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile, or interview preparation?

If this sounds like you and you’re a current Chang School student or alumni, our career advisor can provide the resources and support you need. Whether you need help with your overall approach to job planning, the job search or specific feedback to improve your resume, cover letters, interview and networking skills, our career advisor can provide you with the support necessary to advance or transition your career.

Connect with our Career Advisor, Dena Marcos:

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Location:The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education
Ryerson University
Heaslip House
297 Victoria Street
Toronto, ON M5B 1W1

Dena MarcosCareer Advisor

Dena Marcos brings with her to Ryerson both human resources and career development experience within private and community settings. She has a Bachelor of Human Resources Management and is a Certified Human Resources Professional. As an HR professional, she has recruited many individuals for various roles in IT, supply chain, and administration. As a career development practitioner, she has offered one-on-one advising, facilitated workshops, and produced various events. Throughout her career, Dena has supported a variety of individuals including internationally trained professionals, mature students, and individuals in career transition. She is extremely passionate about helping people navigate their careers and empowering them to maximize their potential.

Free Lunch and Learn Webinar Series

The Chang School’s Career Education Specialist, Dena Marcos, will be hosting a webinar series this winter and spring to help you get the skills you need to go from career planning all the way to interviewing and networking for your perfect job. Spend an hour every other week to learn the tips and techniques to take your job search and career skills to the next level. Sign up for as many sessions as you like and join the webinar from wherever you are.

Register now for the the Lunch and Learn Webinars.

This guided webinar will provide participants with exploration tools and tips to help them decide the direction they want to take their career and the types of jobs they want to do.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify the different components involved in the career-planning process
  • Discover what stage you are at in the career-planning process
  • Understand how to use the different self-assessment, exploration, and research tools to guide your career exploration and decision-making

Participants will learn how to effectively market themselves for their new careers by writing a concise accomplishment-focused résumé that highlights their transferable and job-specific skills. They will receive guidelines on which experiences to leave off their résumés and how to translate their past experience to demonstrate they’re a good fit for their desired role(s).

Learning Outcomes:

  • Analyze job descriptions thoroughly for the purpose of writing a targeted résumé
  • Differentiate between a poorly written and well-written résumé
  • Write impactful accomplishment statements that highlight transferable skills

This webinar will provide participants an overview of the different interview formats and question types that are commonly used by employers. Students will gain insight on the skills employers are trying to assess when leveraging different interview techniques. Participants will be given tips on how to prepare for various formats and how to use different methods to answer questions successfully.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the different interview techniques used by employers
  • Differentiate between different types of interview questions for the purpose of preparing well-rounded, complete responses
  • Utilize the STAR method to answer interview questions

This webinar will provide an overview of the benefits of having a mentor, different ways to source a mentor, and strategies to cultivate an effective mentoring relationship that will grow your career.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify the advantages of having a mentor
  • Apply strategies to obtain a mentor
  • Differentiate between an effective and ineffective mentoring relationship

This webinar will demonstrate how to establish a professional online presence by creating an effective LinkedIn profile. Participants will gain tips on how to set up an engaging profile as a job seeker.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the benefits of developing a complete and detailed LinkedIn profile
  • Identify the basic and enhanced components of a LinkedIn profile
  • Craft a headline statement to articulate your personal brand

This webinar will debunk networking myths and discuss strategies for building connections with others in order to develop and expand your professional network for the purposes of job search and/or career advancement.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify common networking misconceptions and mistakes
  • Define the purpose of networking
  • Leverage different online and offline strategies to build a professional network

Chang School Career Chats

Dena Marcos, The Chang School’s Career Education Specialist, will be hosting an online forum via Google Hangouts where students can submit any career-related questions and have them answered on the spot. Spend an hour each session getting the career advice you want. Sign up for as many sessions as you would like and join the chat from wherever you are.

PLEASE NOTE: You must have a Google-enabled login (e.g., the Ryerson email you use to log into Google Mail) to attend this session. Google Hangouts will only work with a Google email.

  • Dates: February 6, February 20, March 13, March 27
  • Time: 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
  • Location: On Google Hangouts

Register now for the Google Chat sessions.