Career Peer Advisor Program
The Career Peer Advisor Program is a year-long internship experience for undergraduates to work as paraprofessionals in the office of Career Services.
Program Mission Statement
To provide an opportunity for students to develop professional skills, to gain self awareness, and to increase confidence in applying knowledge of the career development process to their own life/career decisions while simultaneously supporting the University at Buffalo community through quality peer-to-peer interaction.
Career Peer Advisors' Contributions
- Give Career Services presentations to the campus community.
- Work individually with students in the Career Resource Library.
- Provide resume and cover letter critiques, job/internship search assistance, and information on major and career exploration during Express Career Consult hours.
- Participate in career events, workshops, and job fairs.
- Outreach to students regarding office events and programs.
- Much more!
Career Peer Advisors Gain
- 3 internship credits during the fall semester; the potential for a paid position during the spring semester.
- Resume writing/critiquing skills.
- Presentation skills.
- Helping, interpersonal and communication skills.
- Opportunity to become involved in special interest areas.
- Development of a personal career plan.
- Individualized career mentoring and coaching from dedicated career counselors and program administrators.
Eligibility and Application Process
This is a great experience for students interested in careers in higher education, counseling, teaching and communication, but if you are looking to get involved, develop public speaking skills, and help your fellow students, then this also might be a great experience for you. Students have participated from a range of majors including business, urban planning, communication, psychology, social sciences interdisciplinary, sociology and others.
- To be eligible, you must be able to dedicate a full academic year (fall and spring semester) to the program.
- You must be an undergraduate student. Preference is typically given to upperclassmen but star sophomores are certainly encouraged to apply!
- Candidates must possess excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to work closely with others.
- A GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred.
Meet our 2013-2014 Career Peer Advisors!
As a junior from Liverpool, NY, I am currently studying Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources Management. I am also the Event Coordinator for Campus Ambassadors at UB.
My advice for students would be to get involved in some form of leadership on campus in at least one club because it not only builds leadership skills, but also allows students to form long-lasting relationships with other students. If the club is related to your major, I think that would also be a great way to get some relevant experience to bring to any future career. I also suggest that students use all the resources made available on campus, such as scheduling appointments with academic advisors and receiving help from career services, for specialized assistance with career-related decisions. This way, early on, students will have a clear idea of where their interests and passions lie, and how to go about finding opportunities to gain experience in those areas of interest.
I have really enjoyed the overall experience and especially love working one-on-one with students during Express hours because I think it is important that every student has the opportunity to not only be successful, but to get a job in something they truly love. Also, everyone in the office is always very friendly and willing to help me out if I ever have any questions, which is one of my favorite parts of working with Career Services. The main thing that I have learned as a peer advisor is to be confident, especially when I am doing things outside my comfort zone because this, in turn, allows for significant growth.
I am a senior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Education from New Rochelle, NY (Westchester County). In addition to being a Career Peer Advisor, I am the President of Psi Chi (International Honor Society in Psychology) and was a Peer Mentor for UB 101. My advice for making effective career decisions would be to follow your passion and to not rush into making decisions; choosing a career is a journey. Explore all options and take advantage of all the great services that Career Services has to offer! Being a Career Peer Advisor is my favorite experience at UB! I love the opportunity to meet with diverse students in Express and learn more about them and what they want from life. I want to go into Student Affairs for my career, so working in this office gives me an opportunity to have a taste of some of the things professionals in the field do. This program has also really helped me to develop my public speaking skills and feel confident about talking in front of a group of people!
I am a Junior from New Delhi, India and my majors are Mathematics and Economics. Other than working here at Career Services, I am also involved in various clubs on campus and I am the Treasurer of Combined Martial Arts Club (CMAC) and a member of the Undergraduate Academies.
I have learned a lot of lessons since starting here at UB, one of the most important ones to me is that networking is always important. I would recommend getting involved on and off campus, talking to people about their interests and what they do and to follow your passion. Quality over quantity – always put yourself in the shoes of the employer and think about what they want to see. How do their goals relate to you and your passion?
Being effective and efficient is also very important. Being a Career Peer has taught me that in the job world, being concise and clear is crucial. I also love meeting with students everyday as part of my work here at Career Services and always look forward to coming in the office and working. Being here has opened up a lot of doors for me as I get new information from the staff every day!