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, our academic advisor can help.

Connect with our Academic Advisor, Dave Dalrymple:
Drop-in hours:Tuesdays, 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. (or by appointment)
Please note that there will be no drop-in hours on August 21.
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 changing or choosing a career path?
  • Are you looking to develop a job search strategy?
  • Would you like help with your resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile, or interview and networking skills?

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

Connect with our Career Education Specialist, Dena Marcos:

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

Ryerson Career Centre
Podium, room POD 60
350 Victoria Street
Toronto, ON M5B 2K3

Dena MarcosCareer Education Specialist

Dena Marcos brings both human resources and career development experience within private and community settings to The Chang School. 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.

Fall 2018 Career Development Lunch and Learn Online Series

The Chang School’s Career Education Specialist, Dena Marcos, will be hosting an online lunch and learn series to take your job search and career skills to the next level. This series will include bi-weekly interactive webinars and a D2L Brightspace shell that will have resourceful tools and templates, online discussions with peers, and one-on-one feedback on your career development. You will need to register with your Ryerson email to access the series.

Not sure how to align your career path with who you are? You’re not alone. This module will walk you through the process of self-discovery for the purpose of career decision-making.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify your strengths, skills, and values using a variety of tools and methods
  • Develop an inventory of transferable skills

Making an informed career decision involves knowing what the trends are in your field/sector of interest. This module will show you how to conduct effective labour market research.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify sources for online, field, and experiential research to support career decision-making and planning
  • Uncover skills and identify knowledge gaps by assessing job postings
  • Create a labour market research plan

Once you have determined the career path you want to pursue, it’s essential to develop an action plan to reach your goals.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Utilize self-assessment and labour market research to set professional goals
  • Understand approaches to developing an action plan, and to evaluate and revise goals

This session will also include feedback on your customized career plan.

This module will demonstrate how to effectively market yourself for your new career by writing a concise accomplishment-focused resume that highlights your transferable and job-specific skills.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Analyze job descriptions to determine skills, knowledge, and aptitudes required
  • Differentiate between an effective and ineffective resume
  • Create a strategically structured resume that displays relevant experience
  • Write impactful summary statements that highlight your transferable skills

This session will also include access to resume templates and one-on-one feedback on your resume.

LinkedIn can be a powerful tool for building connections and job searching. This module will show you how to make your LinkedIn profile stand out.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Develop a complete LinkedIn profile that showcases your skills, interests, and achievements
  • Craft a headline statement to articulate your personal brand

This module will also include feedback on your headline statement.

Without a doubt, networking is a crucial skill in the career development process. This module will guide you through the strategies to create an authentic first impression and develop meaningful connections.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Create a self-introduction to engage audiences online and in-person
  • Nurture your contacts
  • Develop a networking roadmap that outlines your purpose, person, and place

This module will also include feedback on your self-introduction.