Career Peer Advising Program

What is the Peer Advisor Program?

The Pomerantz Career Center Peer Advisor Program serves as a way for undergraduate UI students to receive high-quality career tips and guidance from their peers. 

In need of some quick career advice? Schedule an appointment with a Career Peer Advisor to chat about your resume, cover letter, LinkedIn, and Handshake: Schedule Appointment Here

(Career Peer Advisors are not available during summer, spring, or winter breaks)

 

Career Peers Advisors can help you by:

  • Reviewing your resumes and cover letters or providing information on how to get started
  • Preparing with you for networking events and Job & Internship Fairs
  • Helping you to set up and maximize your Handshake and LinkedIn profiles
     
  • Assisting with job and internship searches and providing interview tips & practice
  • Supplying information on Pomerantz Career Center programs, services and resources
     
  • Answering general career-related questions
     
  • Presenting on career-related topics to your student organization or class 

 

Meet the Career Peer Advisors

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Luz Alcala

Hometown
Villa Park, IL

Majors/Minors
Management, International Business Certificate

Career Goals
"I see my myself working in Human Resources within the recruiting aspect because I love connecting with people and helping them reach their goals. In a role like this, I can also impact a company’s hiring processes and help ensure that individuals are being hired fairly." 

Hobbies/Fun Facts
"I love watching movies, especially romcoms! I also enjoy playing badminton when I can."


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Sam Andrus

Hometown
Silver Bay, MN

Majors/Minors
Enterprise Leadership, Human Relations minor, Rhetoric and Persuasion minor, Pre-Law Track

Career Goals
"
My career goal is graduate law school and practice law in a Midwest rural community."

Hobbies/Fun Facts
"I was active duty Air Force for 6 years, in that time I saw most of the U.S and a handful of countries.
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Carissa Colon

Hometown
Chicago, IL

Majors/Minors
Spanish and Communications, Latino/a/x Studies minor

Career Goals
"My career goals are to hopefully work my way up in MAC or at another makeup company at the corporate level and be able to use my creativity and passion for makeup to market a more inclusive brand that recognizes everyone!" 

Hobbies/Fun Facts
"Some fun facts about me are that I love makeup, it is my way of showing my creativity! This past summer I’ve picked up a few hobbies that I have focused on to improve my skills in them over time. These include gardening, cooking and baking, and I started running."


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Sam Conlan

Hometown
Peosta, IA

Majors/Minors
Finance and Accounting

Career Goals
"I have always been an analytical person and someone who values his money, so I’m planning on taking the CPA exam right after graduation so that I can help small businesses and families meet their financial needs!"

Hobbies/Fun Facts
"My favorite genre of music is 1980s hits and I love to run in my free time!"


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Alessandra Dutra

Hometown
Northshore Suburbs, IL

Majors/Minors
Global Health, Chemistry minor

Career Goals
"I could really see myself going into either pediatrics or OBGYN, as women’s health is really important to me and I love kiddos."

Hobbies/Fun Facts
"I am a first generation American (my parents immigrated here from Brazil in the 90's), I originally wanted to major in English, and my favorite color is yellow! I also love to paint, read, and goof around with my friends."


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Rebecca Hennessey

Hometown
Urbandale, IA

Majors/Minors
English, Psychology minor

Career Goals
"Two of my career goals include career advising, as I enjoy working with people one on one, and technical writing because I like organizing and editing papers!"

Hobbies/Fun Facts
"I absolutely love to read and my two favorite genres of books are psychological thrillers and mystery!"


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Madelyn Jermier

Hometown
Decorah, IA

Majors/Minors
Accounting, Spanish minor

Career Goals
"I really enjoy managing people and helping those around me improve on skills that I'm really good at. With that, I'm hoping to someday work my way up to be a manager or CEO of a large company!"

Hobbies/Fun Facts
"I love to swim, cook, be outside, go on walks, spend time with friends, and even took up some painting during quarantine! Fun fact: I studied abroad and lived in Seville, Spain with a host family for two months!"


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Sofia Mari

Hometown
Elgin, IL

Majors/Minors
Finance, Spanish minor, International Business Certificate

Career Goals
"I would like to use my financial skills and background to promote social change! I’m very interested in helping low income individuals/families with financial planning, or working in the finance units at organizations like the EPA." 

Hobbies/Fun Facts
"I’ve been playing piano for about 14 years now, and I even taught it for a few years! Hobbies: In my free time I love reading, especially nonfiction, walking my dogs, and doing anything outdoors!"


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 Bailee Meyer

Hometown
Pella, IA

Majors/Minors
English, Secondary Education

Career Goals
"I hope to teach English and Speech as well as coach cheerleading at the high school level - combining my love for the arts and athletics with my passion for helping young adults succeed!"

Hobbies/Fun Facts
"In my free time you can find me dancing and singing to just about anything or talking with friends about Jesus!"


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Gina Waters

Hometown
Iowa City, IA

Majors/Minors
Marketing

Career Goals
"I definitely see myself doing marketing and promotion for a makeup/cosmetics company – this is the perfect way to combine two of my biggest interests!"

Hobbies/Fun Facts
"I love extreme thrills like skydiving, scuba diving, surfing, mountain climbing, and more!"


 

What Students Are Saying

  • "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!"
  • "After just 15 minutes, I feel much more confident in the quality of my resume."


Want to Become a Career Peer Advisor?

We are looking for new peers each school year. Peer Advisor recruitment takes place each spring semester. We encourage you to meet with a current peer to learn more about what being a Career Peer Advisor is all about!