University of Vermont

About our Career Peer Mentor Program

Mission Statement

The Career Peer Mentor (CPM) program is a leadership program for sophomores, juniors and seniors who are interested in promoting the mission of the Career Center while actively assisting students with their career aspirations and learning goals through peer advising, workshops and outreach to student groups.

Job Responsiblities

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  • Serve as the front line to welcome visitors in the Career + Experience Hub using a professional triage process.
  • Facilitate weekly workshops and student club workshop requests on general career topics.
  • Assist with Drop-Ins by working with students 1:1 and to serve as a peer mentor with the career development process.
  • Perform resume reviews either within 1:1 consultations or through our online job/internship database, Catamount Job Link.
  • Assist with the marketing of the Career Center’s events, workshops, and Hub partners through bulletin boards, tabling, outreach and social media.
  • Promote student engagement with the 4 Year Plan, experiential learning and career events.
  • Assist with large and small events throughout the academic year.


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  • Leadership experience
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Good critical thinking & analytical skills
  • Commitment to social justice and multicultural awareness
  • Time management skills
  • Positive energy and work ethic
  • Ability to work independently and within a collaborative team  
  • Non work-study and work-study students may apply
  • Preferred: experience using social media including; Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter.


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  • Complete designated weekly office hours.
  • Log all work hours on a weekly basis.
  • Attend CPM meetings.
  • Work only on tasks associated with your position as a Career Peer Mentor; no homework during work hours.
  • Be observant of the needs of the Hub, students, staff, etc. and take initiative on tasks that need to be tended to.
  • Work throughout the entire academic year.

Learning Outcomes

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  • Build mentoring skills.
  • Professionalism.
  • Build communication skills through the triage process, Drop-Ins, presentations & formal outreach to student groups.
  • Serve on a hard working team of colleagues and peers, and enjoy a creative & diverse work environment.
  • Define, develop and grow your own career goals as you move through your college experience.
  • Learn more about the career development process through resume writing, understanding today’s job search strategies and the power of networking/LinkedIn.

Hiring Timeline

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  • End of February- CPM Coordinator sends out email notices about the position and application process
  • Beginning of April- Qualified applicants will be interviewed
  • End of April- Chosen candidates are notified of the hire
  • August (weekend prior to academic year)- mandatory training
  • Last weekend of September- ½ day mandatory training

Current Career Peer Mentors

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  • Warrick Sahene, ’18, Neuroscience
  • Brianna Ball, ’18, Gender Sexuality & Women’s Studies
  • Yuanxin (Jane) Zhou, ’18, Business Administration & Applied Economics
  • Tim Cece, ’17, Public Communication
  • Hayden Smith, ’17, Environmental Studies
  • B Freas, ’17, Parks, Recreation & Tourism
  • Sarah Shaffer, ’17, Natural Resource Planning
  • Erica Josephson, ’16, Business Administration
  • Sasha Kedzie, ’16, Anthropology
  • Cody Putre, ’16, Biology
  • Gisselle Francis, ’16, Public Communication
  • Pearl Weggler, ’16, Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies

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