Academic and Career Advising
We offer academic and career advising to help support your Chang School goals.
Our academic advisor can help you:
- Choose the Chang School course or program that’s right for you
- Figure out which Chang School program can improve your chances of admission to a degree program
- Navigate general enrolment and registration processes
Our career education team can help you:
- Change or choose your career path
- Develop a job search strategy
- Improve your resume, cover letter, networking and interview skills, or LinkedIn profile
Please note that career advising appointments are reserved for current Chang School students and alumni.
Academic Advisor: Dave Dalrymple
Need help framing and achieving your academic goals?
If you want to find a new academic stream, gain new skills to give you a competitive edge, or are simply unsure of your continuing education options, our academic advisor can help.
You don’t need to be a current Chang School student! Our academic advisor can help point you in the right direction if you’re considering a Chang School course but you haven’t enrolled yet.
Connect with our Academic Advisor, Dave Dalrymple:
Drop-in hours: Tuesdays, 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m., or by appointment
Location: Drop-in sessions take place in room CED 208 on the second floor of The Chang School, 297 Victoria Street, Toronto.
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 Education Team: Dena Marcos and Adrian Layne
Need career development support as a current student or alumnus?
If you’re currently enrolled in courses at The Chang School or are a member of our alumni family, our career education team can provide the resources and support you need. Whether you need help with your overall career-planning approach, feedback to improve your resume or cover letter, or interview and networking skills, Dena and Adrian can provide you with support to advance or change your career.
Connect with our Career Education Specialist, Dena Marcos:
Connect with our Career Education Coordinator, Adrian Layne:
Check out Ryerson’s Career and Co-op Centre calendar for other events you may wish to attend.
Locations: Career advising appointments can take place in room CED 208 on the second floor of The Chang School, 297 Victoria Street, or at the Ryerson Career Centre, located in Podium, POD 60, 350 Victoria Street.
Fall 2019 Career Development Lunch and Learn Online Series
Navigate your career development alongside Dena Marcos, Career Education Specialist. This series will include interactive lunch and learn webinars and access to career development tools, templates, and resources.
All webinars will take place from 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 24, 2019
Module #1: Self Assessment – Who Am I?
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. You will learn how to:
- identify your strengths, skills, and values using a variety of tools and methods
- develop a transferable skills inventory
Thursday, October 31, 2019
Module #2: Labour Market Research – What’s Out There?
Making an informed career decision involves knowing what the trends are in your fields/sectors of interest. This module will show you how to conduct effective labour market research. You will learn how to:
- identify sources for online, field, and experiential research to support career decision-making and planning
- assess job postings to identify skills, knowledge, and aptitudes needed and determine gaps
- create a labour market research plan
Thursday, November 7, 2019
Module #3: Tailoring Your Resumé to Your New Career Goals
This module will demonstrate how to effectively market yourself for your new career by writing a concise, accomplishment-focused resumé that highlights your transferable and job-specific skills. You will learn how to:
- create a strategically structured resumé that displays relevant experience
- write impactful accomplishment statements that highlight transferable skills
Thursday, November 14, 2019
Module #4: Creating an Impactful LinkedIn Profile
LinkedIn can be a powerful tool for building connections and job searching. The module will show you how to make your LinkedIn profile stand out. You will learn how to:
- develop a complete LinkedIn profile that showcases skills, interests, and achievements
- craft a headline statement to articulate your personal brand
- write a summary that showcases your personality and professional background
- customize messages for connection and information interview requests
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.
Adrian Layne is an Ontario Certified Teacher with over a decade of experience providing career development support to diverse populations. At Ryerson, he meets with students 1-on-1 and creates and delivers career programming to support the personal and professional development of students and alumni.