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Becoming a Peer Advisor

Think you’d make a great addition to our team of PAs?

Applications for the 2019-20 team are now closde. We will begin recruiting our 2020-21 peers in the spring. 

Check out what our current team of peers had to say about the experience in the latest Career Peer Link blog post: Becoming a Career Peer Advisor and Why It's the Best Job on Campus


PAs are dedicated, trained student helpers who work with CDEL staff to provide students with career related support and act as CDEL ambassadors across campus. PAs will be available to students and CDEL staff throughout the semester to:

  • Provide one-on-one peer advising drop-in sessions on various career related topics, including resume, cover letter, career planning, job search and interview skills to students across all faculties and year levels;
  • Act as an initial point of contact within the career resource centre, making recommendations and guiding visitors to relevant print and online resources (e.g. career resource library materials, resume/cover letter samples, career tip sheets);
  • Make meaningful referrals to other CDEL offerings, including workshops, appointments with career advising staff, online resources, events and other campus services;
  • Engage and offer support to students in satellite campus locations (e.g. library);
  • Facilitate peer led workshops and class presentations on selected topics;
  • Coordinate and execute student engagement initiatives to raise awareness of CDEL;
  • Promote CDEL services through various social media channels (e.g. twitter, online Peer blog);
  • Provide support to CDEL events and programming (e.g. Job Fair, Graduate & Professional Schools Fair, Ignite, VIP); and
  • Act as a strong role models and ambassadors for other students on campus while developing leadership skills.

  • As a member of the CDEL Peer Advising team, students will gain a multitude of essential skills while also becoming trained in the most up-to-date methods of job searching, all of which will help them take meaningful steps towards their future aspirations. The program has been strategically designed to help peers attain a set of well-defined core competencies through training, daily responsibilities and professional development initiatives overseen by well-trained, accessible staff members.
  • In addition, ongoing professional development activities focused on career navigation and employability will be an integral part of regular Peer Development Meetings, allowing PAs to continue developing their personal career plan with support of professional staff.
  • This is a paid position and is also eligible for recognition on the University of Windsor's Co-Curricular Transcript.

Some of the competencies that students can expect to build are:

Communication Communication: Heightened communication skills developed while effectively conducting one-on-one advising sessions with students, writing professional and organized notes and emails, facilitating workshops and in-class presentations and running marketing and engagement initiatives.

Teamwork & Collaboration Teamwork and collaboration: Strong collaborative abilities gained by working in a team environment to plan and coordinate engagement activities and regularly debriefing with staff and fellow peers to refine the Peer Advising Program.

Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Critical thinking and problem solving: An ability to assess an individual’s needs, define measurable goals and create action plans using enhanced problem solving skills while developing their own personal advising style.

Professionalism & Work Ethic Professionalism and work ethic: A greater degree of professionalism fostered by utilizing time-management to balance assigned tasks, meetings, and activities, interacting with students and co-workers in a positive and respectful way and successfully organizing and implementing events.

Career Management Career management: Personal career management techniques honed through training and experience assisting others with their career development needs.

In addition, ongoing professional development activities focused on career navigation and employability will be an integral part of the regular Peer Development Meetings, allowing PAs to continue developing their personal career plan with support of professional staff.

Commitment:

  • Hours: 8-10 hours per week (including weekly/biweekly Peer Development Meetings) throughout Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 academic terms.
  • Peer Development Meetings: Come together as a team with professional staff and other PAs to gain advice, discuss current career topics, address challenges, review upcoming events and collaborate on new initiatives. Meetings to be held weekly at the beginning of the program and then will transition to bi-weekly after PA team is successfully on-boarded.
  • Ongoing Peer Training and Shadowing: Career staff will continually help you develop your coaching skills and understanding of career related topics through mentoring sessions, job shadowing and planned professional development activities.
  • Key Mandatory Training Dates (all hires must attend):
    • Peer Training Welcome Week - Monday, August 26th – Wednesday, September 4th, 2019 (mandatory): Kick-off the 2019/20 Peer Advising Program by shadowing professional career development staff members and engaging in hands-on activities to enhance your career coaching skills. Please note: training week will occur on August 26, 27, 28 and September 3 and 4.

How to apply:

  • Apply to the posting on mySuccess.
  • Resume and Cover Letter Required.
  • Application Deadline: Monday, June 10, 2019

We thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this role; however, only those under consideration will be contacted.

As a department that seeks to support all students on campus and offer a welcoming space for those we serve, we ask that all of our peers mirror this vision by acting as strong, positive role models in the campus community.

Required Qualifications:

  • Completion of at least one academic year at the University of Windsor
  • Excellent written communication skills necessary to provide feedback for resume and cover letter critiques
  • Strong oral communication, presentation and active listening skills
  • Ability to provide assistance to others as demonstrated through leadership experience
  • Strong organizational and time management abilities
  • Enthusiasm and a willingness to engage other students, using strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to act with tact and professionalism
  • Prior experience and/or familiarity with programs, resources and services offered by CDEL and other student supports on campus considered an asset
  • Prior experience in a student leader, mentor, teaching assistant or peer support role considered an asset