Change the direction of your career path with continuing education

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This video and editorial feature are sponsored by The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University.

Ken Yan, a freelance photographer and photography student at The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University, decided to enroll in continuing education classes to change career directions after a few years in other fields.

Yan is currently completing a certificate in photography from The Chang School.  After changing his career several times (from computer science to radio broadcasting to human resources), he decided to re-visit the passion for photography he had in high school and try to turn it into a career.

The photography studies certificate helps enhance students’ artistic as well as technical skills, and there is a lot of freedom in the classes that can be taken.   The program not only teaches the basics of how to use a DSLR camera, but it also instructs students on the skills related to the photography business if they desire.

Yan says he is taking the program to develop his photography skills in order to start his own photography business.   He is especially looking forward to taking the media business studies course in order to learn more about the business practices behind photography.

One of the things that really drew Yan to the program was that he can take six years to earn the eight credits needed for his certificate, and the courses are available in the evenings and on weekends.  That allows people who have full-time jobs to take these courses outside of their working hours.

Lacking the hands-on experience to land a job? Try adding a postgraduate specialization to your repertoire. Ryerson University’s G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education offers several certificate programs, many of which are available online. Add expertise in project management, sustainability, economics, publishing, GIS, public relations, and more! Visit www.ryerson.ca/ce for details.

For more information about continuing education on TalentEgg, check out our Get Ahead With Continuing Ed series.

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Danielle Lorenz is a long-time contributor to the Career Incubator. Danielle is a PhD student in the Department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Alberta. When procrastinating from schoolwork, you will find Danielle lurking on several social media platforms and trying to befriend the snowshoe hares on the U of A campus.