Become a Piper Center Peer Advisor

View profiles of the Peer Advisors from 2013-2014

RESPONSIBILITIES:  Peer Advisors welcome students to the Piper Center for Vocation and Career and assist them with a range of activities, including exploring majors, pursuing internships and jobs, conducting volunteer service, applying to graduate school, finding scholarships and fellowships, starting a business.

Peer Advisors play an integral role in orienting students to the Piper Center’s vast resources. They train students on Ole Career Central, the Piper Center’s online career management tool; advise on choosing a major; assist students with resumes and cover letters; help them navigate searches for job, internship, and volunteer opportunities; help students network with alumni (informational interviewing/job shadowing), and work with them on identifying electronic and print resources for all of their vocational and career needs. Peer Advisors also complete projects according to career/skill-based preferences, gain expertise according to their interests, assist with Piper Center events and programs, lead workshops and hall programs, and perform office duties.  Peer Advisors typically work 6-10 hours per week.

TRAINING:  Peer Advisors are required to attend (and will be paid for) all training sessions.  The Piper Center provides Peer Advisors with expertise, both through intensive workshops before the academic year begins, and throughout the year via monthly topical meetings.  Mandatory training sessions will be held on Tuesday, September 2 and Wednesday, September 3, 2014.

QUALIFICATIONS:  We expect the selection process to be a competitive one!  In particular, are looking for the following traits and skills:

  • Demonstrated interest and involvement in vocational discernment and career development
  • Strong interpersonal and professional communication skills with the ability to listen, advise, teach and explain
  • Enthusiasm for helping other students and a customer-service orientation
  • Ability to effectively manage high volumes of student walk-in traffic
  • Sense of resourcefulness and creative problem-solving skills
  • Attention to detail and follow-through
  • Ability to collaborate with staff, demonstrating initiative and leadership skills
  • Willingness to lead workshops in your area of expertise
  • Ability to work 6-10 hours per week

REWARDS:  The Peer Advisor position will allow you to develop a wide range of transferable skills for your future.  As a Peer Advisor, you will also have first-hand access to the college’s resources related to career education, internships, service and leadership, employer & alumni engagement, and entrepreneurship!

APPLICATION PROCEDURES:

Resume and application assistance is available by stopping by TOH 270 to meet with a Peer Advisor, Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm.