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?
- Train new student employees during Advancing Students as Professionals (ASAP) training
- Participate in Career Services marketing initiatives around campus
- Complete resume critiques
- Manage the Jobs4Jacks database for student registrations
- Work with employers from all industries to get involved with Career Services
- Assist in the preparation and implementation of various career events throughout the semester
- Facilitate Walk-In Wednesdays, providing on-the-spot resume assistance to students and alumni
- Create a fun and warm atmosphere in Career Services!
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?
- Must be an SFA student, enrolled in at least six (6) credit hours (excluding summer)
- Maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better
- Available during evening and weekend hours for minimal special events (ex. Information sessions, Showcase Saturday, etc.)
- Commit between 10-20 hours a week to working in Career Services (Exact number of hours will be determined by the supervisor)
- According to the job position type, Work-Study eligibility may be required