What is a Student Career Advocate?
Student Career Advocates (SCAs) wear many hats. They are, first and foremost, students. But they are also advisors, interview coaches, researchers and resource developers. They are mentors, presenters, program organizers and instructors. They are student leaders. In a nutshell, Student Career Advocates are the initial liaisons between students and the Career Services professional staff, and often the first point of contact when interacting with Career Services. But they are so much more than just that. We set our expectations high for our Student Career Advocates... and they exceed them every day.
So, what do SCAs do?
- Open and close office; cover front lobby desk and answer phones
- Provide PROFESSIONAL assistance to customers: students, alumni, employers and faculty/staff
- Manage Jobs4Jacks student, faculty and employer accounts
- Conduct Intro to Career Services presentations
- Check and reply to departmental email
- Complete professional document critiques: face-to-face and online
- Help coordinate and prepare for career fairs
- Process payments including credit card and check transactions
- Market departmental events and services (posting/creating flyers & signs on campus)
- Maintain departmental social media accounts and Google Docs
- Conduct Advancing Students As Professionals (ASAP) Training for new student employees on campus
- Occasional filing and data entry
- Other duties as assigned
Why should I apply to be a SCA?
There are many reasons to be a Student Career Advocate; these are just a few:
- Assist other students and alumni one-on-one in a peer-educator role
- Gain valuable communication, event planning, organizational, marketing, team work, presentation and consulting skills
- Receive extensive training in career-related areas... for free
- Encounter exclusive opportunities to network with professionals in your chosen career field or industry
- Become an expert on building a resume, job searching, interview techniques and so much more
- Learn more about your own career development and how to effectively market yourself in the future
What does Career Services look for in a potential SCA?
Career Services seeks out the highest of qualities when considering an applicant as a potential Student Career Advocate:
- Mature, trustworthy and responsible
- Reliable and dependable
- Ability to follow procedures and directions
- Creative and motivated
- Ability to work both with a team, as well as independently
- Willing to take initiative when the time calls and stay focused
- Ability to be flexible, multi-task, learn quickly and work accurately
- Knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) are required
- Knowledge of additional software (ex. Photoshop, etc.) is desirable
Are there any requirements to become an SCA?
- Looking for a mature, trustworthy, responsible, motivated, cheerful and dependable worker
- Must be able to follow procedures and directions and work independently and accurately
- Seeking someone to take initiative and stay focused
- Must be knowledgeable in Word and Excel
- Knowledge in Photoshop is a plus
- Must possess the ability to be flexible, multi-task, problem solve, take initiative and learn quickly
- Must have and obtain an overall GPA of 2.75+