It’s always a good idea to freshen up your academic skills and learn new ones. It’s an even better idea to do so with the upcoming tests and assignments you will have this term! The #YUBlog is here with our brand-new series on the Learning Commons to point you in the right direction so you can find all the resources you need! Today we’re focusing on the Career Centre.
There is something so powerful and unparalleled about hearing, first-hand, from the experience of someone who was in your shoes a year or two ago. Whether it is an anecdote from an older sibling describing their experience with a specific course you will be taking in the fall semester or a new graduate articulating their experience looking for full-time employment, each person provides a valuable, unique perspective that can only be gained from having gone through that experience. As William Sanford Nye (Bill Nye “the Science Guy”) once said, “Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.” In the spirit of that philosophy, we launched our first Career Peer Educator program at the Career Centre in September 2018!
How can a Career Peer Educator help me?
Our team of highly-trained, resourceful and friendly Career Peer Educators are here to help you develop the skills and mindset to navigate your career journey as well as support your career-related inquiries including:
- Resume & Cover Letters
- Job Searching & Networking
- Interview Skills & Preparation
- LinkedIn: Building a Profile & Job Searching
- Exploring What You Can do With Your Degree
- Resources at the Career Centre and on Campus
- Navigating the Career Centre Website
Did you know? 74% of Canadian undergraduate students worry to varying degrees about choosing the right occupation (Rafuse and Lanning, 2016). Research has demonstrated that peers can support other peers in ways professionals cannot, in part because of their unique perspective and expertise. In terms of career-related support, peers empower other peers, build a community of learners and foster collaboration (Jones, Torezani, and Luca, 2012).
Why should I meet with a Career Peer Educator?
Peer support, especially in the realm of career-related support, is a vital aspect of an enriched, well-rounded post-secondary educational experience! Peer support can be authentic, enlightening and empowering. More importantly, hearing from peers about their experiences personifies the truth about success. It is by no means a linear process; we make mistakes along the way, learn new things about ourselves and the world around us.
We are here for you, York U!
Our Career Peer Educators hope to deliver programs and services that are engaging, inclusive and empower you to reach and exceed your career aspirations and goals. We hope to see you all at our Career Lounge, Rapid Resume Review sessions, Career Centre events and programs!
If you have any questions, please comment below or tweet us at @YorkUStudents.
Hasna Egal is pursuing a Bachelor of Education at York University, specializing in Intermediate and Senior Education. Hasna is also currently working as a Career Peer Lead at York University’s Career Centre.