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Peer Career Advisor


Peer Career Advisors (PCAs) are trained and supervised paraprofessionals who provide career development assistance on a peer-to-peer level through the Center for Career Development & Academic Exploration. PCA’s are on a team of around 10 undergraduate Peer Career Advisors that are supervised by Alexis Andershock, Assistant Director of Outreach. Below are more details regarding the role:

  • Part-Time: Around 10 hours per week
  • Majority of working hours between 8:00am-5:00pm in-person during the fall/spring semesters
  • Some weeknight and weekend presentations required (virtual and in-person) 
  • Mandatory in-person weekly training Spring 2024 – Planning for Monday’s 3pm-4pm (may change based on applicant availability) 
  • Mandatory in-person weekly meeting Fall 2024 – Monday’s 4pm – 5pm
  • Preferred commitment to two years upon time of hire
  • Seeking 1-2 candidates who are specifically interested in marketing/social media.


$12.00 with opportunity for a raise in future with longevity and/or promotion to a Lead PCA Position

Job Duties: 

  • Assist students of all backgrounds and experiences with a variety of career needs such as reviewing resumes/cover letters and conducting practice interviews (Communication and Equity & Inclusion) 
  • Refer students to appropriate staff and resources based on student needs (Critical Thinking) 
  • Conduct presentations on career related topics such as resumes, cover letters, and interviews to student groups and organizations (Communication)
  • Plan and organize events to advertise the Center for Career Development & Academic Exploration resources and social activities (Critical Thinking and Professionalism) 
  • Represent Center for Career Development & Academic Exploration at campus events and activities like job fairs, tabling events, etc. (Leadership and Professionalism) 
  • Train and collaborate with peers to lead training sessions for fellow PCA’s and other UTK students (Teamwork)
  • Serve on various projects in the Center for Career Development & Academic Exploration based on office need. Projects may include but are not limited to: social media content creation/planning, employer of the day event planning, job fair student representative, etc.  (Teamwork & Leadership)


  • Desire to assist other UT students!
  • Strong written/verbal communication and customer service skills
  • Creativity, work ethic, and productivity with minimal supervision
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75

How to Apply:

Apply on Handshake by Friday, November 10th, 2023 at midnight. 

Application Materials: 

  • Resume: Detail your previous education, work, and extracurricular experiences. We are seeking some applicants with an interest and/or skill in social media management (e.g., Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn)
  • Cover Letter: Address the cover letter to Alexis Andershock, Selection Committee Chair (201 Student Union, 1502 Cumberland Ave, Knoxville, TN 37996) Include the following information in cover letter:
    • Why are you interested in being a Peer Career Advisor?
    • What strengths/skills do you hope to contribute to the Peer Career Advisor team?
    • How did you hear about this position?
  • Reference Sheet: Provide at least two (2) references (name, position, contact). Your references should be previous/current supervisors, teachers, academic faculty, or professional mentors.

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