Peer Career Advisor
Peer Career Advisors (PCAs) are trained and supervised paraprofessionals who provide career development assistance on a peer-to-peer level through the Center for Career Development & Academic Exploration. Typical PCA responsibilities include critiquing resumes; conducting practice interviews; assisting students with Handshake, internship/job searching and networking; promoting the Center for Career Development & Academic Exploration through social media and other avenues; and presenting to student groups and organizations.
o Desire to assist other UT students!
o Strong written, verbal, and customer service skills
o Creativity, work ethic, and productivity with minimal supervision
o Minimum GPA of 2.75
Part-Time: Approx. 10 hours per week
o Majority of working hours between 9am – 5pm in-person, spring/fall semesters
o Some week night and weekend presentations required (virtual and in-person)
o Mandatory in-person weekly training spring 2022 – Time TBD based on trainee’s availability
o Mandatory in-person weekly meeting fall 2022 - Mondays, 4pm – 5pm
o Preferred commitment to two years upon time of hire
Pay: $9.00 with opportunity for a raise in future with longevity and/or promotion to a Lead PCA Position
Team: Supervised by Erin Bennett, Assistant Director of Academic & Career Exploration on team with approx. 13 other undergraduate Peer Career Advisors
To Apply Submit on Handshake by Sunday, Feb. 13th at midnight!
Resume - Detail your previous education, work, and extracurricular experiences
Seeking some applicants with an interest and/or skills in social media management (e.g., Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn)
Cover Letter - Address the cover letter to Yasja Hemmings, Selection Committee Chair (201 Student Union, 1502 Cumberland Ave, Knoxville, TN 37996)
Include the following information in cover letter:
o Why are you interested in being a Peer Career Advisor?
o What strengths/skills do you hope to contribute to the Peer Career Advisor team?
o How did you hear about this position?
Reference Sheet - Provide at least two (2) references (name, position, contact)
o Your references should be previous/current supervisors, teachers, academic faculty, or professional mentors.
What Skills You’ll Gain as a Peer Career Advisor:
Oral & Written Communications
o Conduct presentations
o Assist fellow UTK students
Teamwork & Collaboration
o Train and collaborate with peers
o Complete projects/tasks as teams
Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
o Refer students to appropriate staff and resources
o Plan and organize events
o Plan and lead training sessions
o Represent Center for Career Development & Academic Exploration at campus events and activities
Career & Self Development
o Strengthen resume and interview skills
o Conduct effective internship/job search
Professionalism & Work Ethic
o Provide customer service
o Develop and hone time management skills
o Create professional goals
Equity & Inclusion
o Assist students of all backgrounds and experiences
o Network with alumni, career professionals, and recruiters
o Gain knowledge of UTK career resources and services
o Support development of the website and online resources/communication
o Gain Center for Career Development & Academic Exploration social media/marketing experience
Learn more about the Peer Career Advisor Program: https://career.utk.edu/peer-career-advisors/