In addition to my role as career advisor to College of Science and Health students, I have the distinct honor of managing the Career Center’s Peer Career Advisor Program (PCAP). Peer career advisors are available on a walk-in basis to help students and recent alumni with basic career-related topics, including:
- Resume development and critiques
- Cover letter basics and feedback
- Interviewing tips
They’re also experts on the many services the Career Center offers, so they’re well equipped to explain and connect you with advisors, workshops, events, and programs!
This year’s team is exceptional! Learn a little bit about our eight peer career advisors and consider some of their top career-related tips.
“Being a PCAP has taught me the importance of networking…” — Alysa
Hey! I’m Alysa, and this is my second year as a PCAP. I am currently a senior studying international studies and hoping to go into nonprofit management. Being a PCAP has taught me the importance of networking and showed me that being comfortable with myself and the atmosphere in the office contributes to success. The best piece of advice I can give to students is to be confident; be confident in yourself and your position, and during an interview or networking event. That confidence will show through your work, and will be seen by employers.
“My desired career path…is to become a staff writer for a TV show in Hollywood.” — Dontorrie
My name is Dontorrie. I’m a senior majoring in psychology with a concentration in human services, and a minor in screen writing. I became a peer career advisor because I wanted to use my previous experience as a mentor to continue to assist DePaul students on a higher level with their career development. Some of my favorite hobbies are playing video games and making pottery. My desired career path after graduation is to become a staff writer for a television show in Hollywood. The best advice I can give to students curious about Career Center services is to take advantage of any of the services available. Even if you don’t necessarily feel you need to use a specific service, try it out. In the end, you may just learn from the experience.
“…I especially enjoy working with first-year students.” — Heather
I’m a junior studying philosophy and Spanish. I’m also currently a resident advisor in Belden-Racine Hall at DePaul. My decision to become a peer career advisor was motivated by the love I have for working one-on-one with students; I especially enjoy working with first-year students. My one piece of advice for students using the Career Center is that if you’re unsure whom to go to for help, make an appointment with us! We can help direct you.
“…the advisors here helped me choose a major and find a career field…” — Jane
My name is Jane, and I’m a senior majoring in health sciences with a minor in Spanish. I first came into the Career Center during my freshman year, and the advisors here helped me choose a major and find a career field that excited me. I decided to apply for the Peer Career Advisor Program soon after. I would definitely recommend that all students—whether you know what you want to do in the future or not—come in to meet with their career advisor. Our career advisors know a lot and can really help you discover your path!
“…I always recommend making use of the resources DePaul offers so you can make the most of your time here.” — Leyla
I am a senior studying public policy and geography here at DePaul. I am originally from northern New Hampshire, but love the city as much as I love a little farm town. From my start at DePaul I have been deeply invested in student involvement and the student experience and have held positions with DePaul Activities Board, DePaul Housing Services, DePaul Greek life and more. As an old and wizened senior, I always recommend making use of the resources DePaul offers so you can make the most of your time here. Best of luck, Blue Demons!
“…I’m a junior majoring in psychology with a…concentration in law, crime, and criminology. — Maya
Hey all! My name is Maya, and I’m a junior majoring in psychology with a minor in sociology and concentration in law, crime, and criminology. I decided to become a peer career advisor after taking an awesome class with the University Internship Program; I learned a lot about the Career Center and its resources during the class and knew I had to get involved! When I’m not working in the Career Center, I’m teaching as a Chicago Quarter Mentor, acting as vice president of DePaul College Democrats, or exploring the city with my friends in search of pretty buildings and good food. As far as advice goes for using the Career Center—don’t wait until your senior year to visit! The Career Center offers so many valuable resources. The sooner you come in, the more you’ll get out of it.
“…I have decided to pursue a career in social work after I graduate.” — Mackenzie
Hi there! My name is Mackenzie, and I am a senior double majoring in sociology and English and minoring in professional writing. This is my third year acting as a peer career advisor, a position I decided to apply for my freshman year after a number of positive experiences with Career Center staff. Because of my experience working at the Career Center, as well as experiences volunteering at various nonprofits throughout the city, I have decided to pursue a career in social work after I graduate. In my free time I enjoy going to concerts and music festivals, writing, and traveling.
“…I hope that my career path will allow me to explore art and culture through a social science lens.” — Nellie
My name is Nellie and I am a senior studying women and gender studies with a minor in English literature. I am interested in many interdisciplinary issues related to humanities, and I hope that my career path will allow me to explore art and culture through a social science lens. I wanted to become a peer career advisor because I love writing, editing, and working one-on-one with others in order to create successful pieces of work! My advice to students is to not be afraid to reach out to any advisor at the Career Center because they will go above and beyond to help and would love to meet you.
Connect with a peer career advisor today! Peers are available on a walk-in basis during business hours. Connect with this awesome crew by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or live chat with them on the Career Center website.