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
Wednesdays, starting January 17 10:30 a.m. – 6 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.

Career Development Specialist – Rachel Hussey

“Since 2018 UBC has become my home. I graduated from UBC Okanagan with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology. Last fall I decided to continue my education further as I became fascinated with the student experience in higher education from a developmental point of view. I am currently completing my Master of Arts in Developmental Psychology where I focus my research on resilience in young adults attending university. From my roles in Residence Life, Academic and Career Development, Student Recruitment and Advising, Student Housing and Community Services, and now my current role as Career Development Specialist my knowledge and expertise in student growth and support always comes back to a relational approach. I thoroughly enjoy working with students from a Career Development perspective to guide your journey! Every higher education journey is unique and I would be thrilled to work alongside you to help you wherever you are at in your career story. Never hesitate to reach out and join me for a workshop (or many!) in Neckako.”

How I can help you:

Throughout the Term, Rachel will be in Nechako 221 (the Gathering Room), ready to deliver workshops where you can learn from each other.

Developing Your Career Journey Workshop Schedule

Day Hours Workshop Description
Wed. Jan. 17 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. LinkedIn for Students

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

Wed. Jan. 24 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Building Industry Connections

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

Wed. Jan. 31 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Informational Interviews

Learn how to conduct informational interviews that allow you to explore career options and cultivate meaningful relationships with industry experts.

Wed. Feb. 7 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Job Search Strategies

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

Wed. Feb. 14 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Market Your Experiences

Stand out to employers with a well-written resume and cover letter package. This session will help your market your experiences and convey your story effectively.

Wed. Feb. 28 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Interview Preparation

Know what to expect and how to best present yourself for an interview, whether in a virtual or in-person environment.

Wed. March 6 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Gamify Your Career
Want to consider some career paths you haven’t thought about yet? Join us for a chance to explore your career!
Wed. March 13 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Using ChatGPT to Help your Career Journey

Learn how  effectively use ChatGPT and other AI softwares to enhance your career journey without relying on it to get a job.