Peer Career Advisors

Peer Career Advising

Peer Career Advising (PCA) is a highly selective experiential-learning opportunity where students develop professional skills and build their own resumes through helping their peers. Each semester, we recruit and train 15-20 PCAs to support their peers with basic career development needs.

PCAs earn three credits each semester they are involved in the program. During their first semester, students participate in a weekly, graded training class where they learn career development skills including writing and critiquing resumes and cover letters, performing self-assessments, networking and using LinkedIn, interviewing, job searching and locating internships.

After successfully completing their training semester, PCAs return as many semesters as they would like, and provide 40 hours of service to their peers. During these semesters, they will be enrolled in supervision courses, and continue to earn three credits.

PCAs help their peers with:

  • Resume and cover letter critiques
  • Job and internship searching
  • Interviewing skills
  • Resources related to choosing a major/career
  • Networking

Why should I become a PCA?

As a PCA you will:

  • Become a recognized leader on campus
  • Develop great resume and cover letter writing skills
  • Learn how to execute an effective job/internship search
  • Enhance your interviewing skills and have something unique to talk about in interviews
  • Gain experience that is applicable to every major and industry
  • Build a professional network and learn how to use social media professionally
  • Get an edge on the grad school preparation process
  • Take classes that will apply to a minor in Education
  • Have a team of career professionals who are eager to mentor and advise you throughout the time you serve

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How do I become a PCA?

Each semester, prospective PCA trainees must submit an application, found on Handshake. After applying, selected students will be interviewed. Students who demonstrate the strongest leadership, commitment to service, and dedication to involvement on campus will be chosen and notified by Reading Day.

Who is eligible to apply?

To apply, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Currently an undergrad not on academic probation (if you are this semester, we encourage you to wait until you are off).
  • Have been a student at UAlbany for at least one semester.
  • Will be a UAlbany student for at least two more semesters.

Students from ALL majors (especially those who are undeclared!) are encouraged to apply. There is no GPA requirement; however, the average GPA for PCAs is a 3.4. 

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