Advising in Residence

Welcome to Academic Advising &
Career Development in Residence!

Our campus partners from Academic and Career Development will be coming to residence weekly to provide direct access to Academic & Career Advising and a workshop series aimed at helping your Develop Your Career Journey, all without having to leave the residence community.

Academic and Career Advisor – Sam Larsen

“I’ve been with UBC since 2012 – first as an undergraduate student in Vancouver studying International Relations and African Studies and then transitioning to working on the Okanagan campus in 2016 with Student Housing while completing a Masters of Education. As an Academic & Career Advisor, I get to put my passion for student experience to work! I am grateful that my work allows me to support student goals and help navigate the many pathways of university. I love our campus community and would be excited to meet with you to take on the hurdles of degree planning, utilizing academic and career resources, as well as accessing the many services on our campus so that you can make the most of your time with us. Please don’t hesitate to reach out and come by to see me in Nechako – I can’t wait to meet you!”

How I can help you

Each week I will be in Nechako 251, ready to help you! You can drop by to talk to me about:

  • Discussing and explaining academic requirements for university programs and course planning
  • Interpreting academic policies and procedures
  • Exploring program options and developing a personal program plan
  • Providing referrals to appropriate departments and services, as needed
  • Checking graduation requirements
  • Supporting academic and career goal setting

Academic & Career Advising Schedule

Nechako 251 (across from the Student Housing Front Desk)

Day Hours Service Description
Tuesday 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Drop-In Advising

Stop by to talk to Sam about your academic plan, your questions about navigating your degree and academic policies as well as learn about valuable campus resources.

Tuesday 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. Drop-In Advising through QLess Booking

Following Academic & Career Advising’s typical afternoon schedule, please join the drop in line and indicate you’re hoping to meet Sam. Once you’ve done so, you can come by Nechako 251 to meet in person.


Career Development Specialist – Luke Penner

“I am in my first year with the University of British Columbia Okanagan as a Career Development Specialist and my fourth year as the men’s assistant basketball coach. I have graduate degrees from the University of Manitoba, Canadian Sport Institute, and san Diego State University, and I somehow made them all relate to basketball! As a Career Development Specialist, I have a great opportunity to support students as they design their own career journeys. Whether it is resumes, cover letters, job search, relationship building, or something in between, I love hearing others stories and coaching them through the process. I look forward to meeting you in Nechako where we will go through a 7-part series on “Developing your Career Journey. Feel free to join for one session or all of them! You have all the answers, I just help you find them!”

How I can help you:

Each week, for 7 weeks, I will be in Nechako 221, ready to deliver a work shop where we get to learn from each other.

Developing Your Career Journey Workshop Schedule

Gathering Room (Nechako 221)


Day Hours Workshop Description
Tuesday Sept. 20 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Challenge Cards

Want to consider some career paths you haven’t yet considered? Join us for a Challenge Cards session!

Tuesday Sept. 27 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Rock Your LinkedIn Profile

Elevate your LinkedIn profile to get the most out of your virtual network.

Tuesday Oct. 4 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Building Connections

Learn how to find common ground with industry experts, and develop mutually beneficial professional relationships.

Tuesday Oct. 11 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Job Search Tips

Explore ways to search for jobs as you finish your undergraduate degree.

Tuesday Oct. 18 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Resume Writing

Need some tips and tricks to make your resume stand out? This session will help you develop a resume that conveys your skills, qualifications and expertise.

Tuesday Oct. 25 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Cover Letter Development

Stand out to employers with a well-written cover letter and convey your story effectively.

Tuesday Nov. 2 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Interview Tips & Informational Interviews

Learn how to prepare for different types of interviews, communicate your story effectively, and cultivate meaningful relationships with industry experts.