Peer Career Advisors (PCAs) are students who serve as career ambassadors to the Mason community by volunteering with University Career Services. PCAs have the opportunity to connect with employers, advise students on career topics, attend weekly professional development meetings, and create and give career presentations.
- Develop personal and para-professional skills in human resources, marketing, public relations, education, and advising/counseling
- Network with employers and career center staff
- Strengthen your communication, presentation, interpersonal, and critical thinking skills
- Expand your knowledge of and access to career resources
- Get a free PCA polo shirt and other "swag"
- Conduct walk-in advising hours for undergraduate, graduate, and alumni students
- Critique resumes and cover letters
- Facilitate practice interviews with students
- Assist in special events such as career fairs and professional development workshops
- Advise students on job search topics and resources
- Facilitate presentations about University Career Services
- Participates in weekly staff meetings
- Create marketing and educational content for University Career Services
Peer Career Mentors (graduate)
Peer Career Mentors (PCMs) aid in the hiring and training of all new PCAs and coach them throughout the year. PCMs also meet with students and alumni during walk-in hours and work closely with career staff to manage the PCA Program.
- Opportunity to shape a peer advising program
- Development of supervision, counseling, and project management skills
- Interaction with stakeholders across the university
- Access to employers
- A PCM polo shirt, business cards, and other “swag”
- Aid in the hiring and training of all new PCA's
- Meet with PCAs to set goals for their experience, provide coaching on how to successfully carry out their responsibilities, and conduct semesterly performance reviews
- Meet with students and alumni during walk-in hours
- Assess goals and create objectives for the PCA Program
- Develop a marketing strategy for the PCA Program
- Complete a capstone experience
To apply, log in to HireMason beginning in March 2017 and search for "Peer Career Mentor". This position is 29 hours a week and the pay is $15 an hour.
You must be a currently enrolled graduate student at Mason, and applicants must be available to work during University Career Services' walk-in hours.
Learn to network: I landed my dream internship!
"When I first signed up to become a Peer Career Adviser, I wasn't well versed in talking to employers or networking. In fact, my biggest weakness was networking...I took advantage of workshops and practiced my networking skills every time employers came on campus by asking for advice on my resume as well as for my career path. My networking really paid off one day while I was talking to a recruiter for a company I was interested in. Not only did that land me an interview, but with the help of the career service industry advisors' interview tips, I was able to present my best self and land my dream internship for the summer!" - Susmita Gautam, 2015 - present
Help Patriots discover resources
"The most rewarding part of being a PCA is having the opportunity to assist fellow Patriots with their career paths and getting to work closely with the professional staff members of the University Career Services team. Being a PCA allows you to learn a lot about how to be successful in your own career search. It presents many opportunities that may be unknown to other students."
- Jessica Harker, 2014-16
Supercharge your degree
"[The Peer Career Mentor job] allowed me to build my supervision skills and connect with resources that will be helpful for my future career… I have been able to build a plan for post-graduate success which I would never have come to on my own. This is a great opportunity for any graduate student who is looking to supercharge their degree."
- Grant Haver, 2014-16