(Left to right) Ryan Fox (Music), Noell Atkins (Psychology), Megan Flinta (Psychology), and Avery Ware (Sociology & Criminal Justice).
The University of Akron Career Center Peer Advisor Program serves as a way for UA students to receive high-quality career advice from their peers in a timely manner. The objective of the Peer Advisor Program is to provide Peer Advisors who meet the following criteria:
- Display professionalism and maintain confidentiality
- Possess strong interpersonal and communication skills
- Advise effectively and are sensitive to career concerns
- Demonstrate awareness of situations that require referral to Career Advisors
Peer Advisors are responsible for aiding students with the following:
- Reviewing resumes and cover letters or providing information on how to get started
- Assisting with job and internship searches and providing interview tips
- Providing resources for exploring occupations
- Supplying information on the Career Center's programs, services and resources
- Answering general career-related questions
- Peer Advisors assist walk-in students who visit the Career Center between 11am and 4pm Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Peer Advisors are not available during the summer, winter, or spring breaks.
- "This is a great program. I think everyone at the University should use it!"
- "My peer advisor spoke to me as a peer and her suggestions for my resume were clear and very helpful."
- "I received great advice! Once I change my resume, I'm coming back so a peer can look at it again!"
- "My peer advisor provided helpful information without criticizing me."
- "My visit didn't take very long at all. I now feel more comfortable and knowledgeable about Career Center programs."
- "My peer advisor was very helpful in giving examples and showing me how to improve my resume instead of just telling me."
- "I met with a peer due to a class requirement, but I will definitely come back on my own. My peer advisor was extremely helpful and knowledgeable and the facility is very nice."
- "After just 15 minutes, I feel much more confident in the quality of my resume."
New peers are recruited each semester to begin work the following semester. Recruitment typically begins in mid-October for the spring semester and mid-March for the fall semester. Peer Advisors help students with career exploration and job searches by answering questions, advising students on general career topics, and teaching students how to use Career Center resources. Involvement in the Peer Advisor Program is a great way for students to earn internship credit while mapping out their own career paths. We encourage you to meet with a current peer to learn more about what being a peer advisor is all about!