Peer Career Advisor Program

2019 peer career advisors

Peer Career Advisors (PCAs) are undergraduate students who have been trained to assist with a variety of areas in the career planning process. They have a strong understanding of the resources in Career and Professional Development (CPD) and can help guide students in the right direction based on needs. Main responsibilities include advising, outreach and education, and programming assistance. PCAs are highly-valued members of the CPD team!

How PCAs help you

Come to drop-in advising

Through 10-minute drop-in advising, PCAs can help you with resumes, cover letters, your search for an internship or post-grad job, prep for career fairs and interviews, and using resources we offer through CPD.

Attend a PCA-led workshop

PCAs lead 45-minute workshops at Smith Career Center on basic job search topics. Time is included for Q&A. RSVP to hold a spot, or drop in to attend. View PCA-led workshops listed below.

Click on a workshop title for more details and to RSVP.

Consider becoming a PCA

PCA testimonials

  • “There has been nothing more fulfilling for me than being able to help alleviate someone’s worries and nerves through advising, work together to create a plan, and then watch them succeed through their own determination. Career and Professional Development has given me a unique experience where I get to be a small and important step in someone's entire journey. I look forward to work every single day.”
  • "As a PCA, I have learned how to become a better listener and resource for students in order to help them develop their future career journey."
  • “I've loved being a PCA. Not only have I been able to learn so many skills that I've applied to my personal career exploration, but I've been able to help so many of my peers with things that really matter.“
Peer Career Advisors

Job responsibilities

1. Advising

  • Critique resumes and cover letters though drop-in advising.
  • Advise on job search topics and resources.
  • Have impactful conversations with peers regarding career development, job search strategies and professionalism.
  • Serve as a role model for successful career exploration and preparation.

2. Outreach & education

  • Deliver presentations on career and job search topics to student organizations and in residence halls.
  • Design informational materials and presentations to educate students on the use of various online career resources.
  • Represent CPD at career fair booths and other events.
  • Participate in marketing and promotion of CPD events and services.

3. Project & programming assistance

  • Serve as an assistant for ongoing programs and projects, and planning special events and career programs.

Time commitment

  • Three semesters:
    • Paid training in spring 2020, 3-4 hours per week during hours of noon-3:00 pm.
    • Work the 2020-2021 academic year, 10 hours per week. (Most of our PCAs continue to work through senior year, although this is not required.)
  • Attendance at extended training in January 2020 and August 2020.
  • Attend weekly hour-long PCA meetings on Friday mornings.
  • Availability during some weekend and evening hours for events and presentations.
  • If you have future plans for study abroad or other short-term opportunities, feel free to talk to us.

Qualifications

  • Any major.
  • Not graduating before May 2022 (for applicants during fall 2019).
  • Minimum GPA of 2.8.
  • Interest in helping Virginia Tech students with career and job search concerns.
  • Ability to relate and interact with individuals both one-on-one and in group situations.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects.
  • Take initiative and follow through on necessary details.
  • Demonstrate professional communication when working with supervisors, co-workers and students.
  • Willingness to work in a team setting and build rapport with other PCAs and the Career and Professional Development staff.

Is the position paid?

  • Yes. The position is paid an hourly rate. Candidates will be informed of the hourly rate during the application process.
  • This is eligible for Work-Study funding; but the PCA program is not limited to Work-Study students.

Is academic credit possible?

  • Academic credit can only be granted by academic departments. So you must consult your academic department on its policies and procedures if you wish to earn academic credit.
  • If allowed by your academic department, the PCA program coordinator in CPD will work with you to help you meet the requirements of your academic department.

Apply to be a PCA

We recruit PCAs during fall semester to begin training in spring semester, and to serve as trained PCAs the following academic year.

Fall application process

  • Optional info sessions:
    Days / dates / times tbd for October.
    At Smith Career Center, Rm A.
  • Applications accepted:
    TBA (mid-late October 2019).
  • Requirements to apply:
    • TBA.
    • Submit completed application. Details TBA.
    • Submit resume. We strongly encourage you to use our resume guide.
    • Submit cover letter. Please use our cover letter guide.
  • Application deadline:
    TBA late October 2019.
  • Interviews and selection:
    Selected applicants will have a 30-minute interview, scheduled to occur early November 2019.
  • Offer timing:
    Offers will be made before Thanksgiving break.

Contact for questions about the PCA program

If you have read all the information above and still have questions, please contact:

Mr. Steven White
Assistant Director of Experiential Programs
Career & Professional Development
whitesm@vt.edu
540-231-6241