The Peer Career Coach program is comprised of a group of student leaders dedicated to serving their peers through the career development process, working alongside full-time staff in the Career Services office. Peer Career Coaches (PCCs) are responsible for providing peers with resume, cover letter, LinkedIn, Jobs4Hawks, and other professional advice through walk-in advising. They will conduct individual and small group appointments at various locations and hours around campus. Find us on Facebook here!
Students meeting with Peer Career Coaches will experience the same level of professionalism as Career Development Coaches, but with the added benefit of gaining a student perspective on career and job search strategies.
Meet Your Peer Career Coaches
I am an Applied Physics major here at Illinois Tech! I expect to graduate May 2018. I have served multiple roles here, including being a Peer Career Coach, the President of the Society of Physics Students chapter, a teaching assistant for the Computer Science department, and being a research volunteer for a couple professors. One big piece of advice I have for my peers for professional development and career searching is to get involved, whether it be taking on an important role in an organization that relates to what you want to do, doing research or a project with a professor, and taking advantage of the experience Illinois Tech's Interprofessional Projects (IPROs) provide. Getting involved at IIT increases the chances of getting internships or research experiences during the summer. Personally, I want to be a peer career coach because I have been very successful at creating and obtaining opportunities to connect with and prepare for my future professional life, and I want to share that with my peers, since I know it can be hard.
I’m a senior pursuing a B.S. in Computer Systems and a minor in App Development. I am expecting to graduate in May 2017. I’m a proud brother of ΠΚΦ fraternity, having served as webmaster and sports chair for the organization. I enjoy playing soccer and have competed in the intramural league all 4 years of college. I've interned at a startup in downtown Chicago, as well as at the Target corporation at their headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I was able to secure these opportunities from Illinois Tech career fairs! After many interviews and coding challenges, I'm blessed to say I'll be working as a full-time software engineer at Target beginning July 2017. I wanted to be a Peer Career Coach because throughout my education I had mentors that helped me succeed in receiving internships, building networks, and understanding what it means to be a professional. I hope to share my knowledge and experience with others and help them achieve success as well! A piece of advice I can offer is not to underestimate the importance of your class projects! Any project you’ve done in class is fair game for your resume, and can really help you land that first internship. Best of luck on your career goals!
I am fourth year student pursuing my Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering Management with a specialization in Electrical Engineering. Over the course of my time at Illinois Institute of Technology I have been very involved with several organizations on campus. Currently, I am a Leadership Academy Scholar and the President of the International Students Organization. My work experiences include working as a Project Management and Business Analysis Co-op with Emerson Process Management – Fisher Controls, in Marshalltown, Iowa, and working as a Service Transition Analyst with the Workforce Productivity team with Emerson Corporate in St. Louis, Missouri. I chose to become a Peer Career Coach because I genuinely love helping people look at things from an angle they have not thought about before. And one of the most important things in colleges that needs redefinition is the career search. So, my goal for this position is to help fellow students build their professional confidence, increase their competitive advantage and differentiate their personal brand.
Manoj Varma Penmathsa
I’m an undergraduate student at Illinois Tech pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering with a minor in Psychology. I am a member of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers), a professional engineering organization. I worked as a leader for Quadcopter project sponsored by IEEE, and as IPRO coordinator at Ufarm IIT in the past. I was also a student life leader working as a peer mentor with Office of Campus Life for two years, where I helped first year students with their transition to life at Illinois Tech. I have been working as a communications assistant for the Illinois Tech Global Leaders Program since February of 2015. Apart from my passion for Engineering, I am also an avid rock climber and photographer. I like going on adventures, climbing, camping, and travelling to new places. In my free time, you can find me climbing mountains or training in the gym. I joined the Career Services team as a Peer Career Coach in September 2016 to help students realize the full potential in their career growth.
I chose mechanical engineering as my major at Illinois Tech, but I also spend as much time as possible in computer science. I interned at Volvo Group Truck Technology in Crash and Security Analysis & at Chamberlain Group in Gate Access Solutions. I am involved with Formula SAE IIT with Powertrain Team, and I helped develop the Peer Career Coach Program. I grew up in Alexandria, Egypt. On my first day of school, my parents signed me up for all after-school activities, including sport teams. Thus began my adventures of me trying anything and everything outdoor related. I am looking forward not only to assisting you in landing that next internship, but also to help you discover your own path and follow your passion.
I am studying psychology and architecture, and I graduate in May 2018. I have learnt a lot from the range of roles I have played at Illinois Tech. At present, I am working at Career Services and the Center for Research and Service. I have interned with Jurong Architects, Metropolitan Planning Commission and Jusco (TATA Steel) in the past. Some of my most enriching experiences at Illinois Tech have been with Student Government Association as a Justice, IIT-ASB as a President and RHA as a National Communications Coordinator. Through my active involvement, I aim to develop a strong work ethics, discipline, and a balance between assertiveness and grace. In my role as a Peer Career Coach, I would like to engage in productive conversations with students about their career goals, current interests, and personal growth.
I am pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Management with a specialization in Mechanical Engineering and will be graduating in May 2018. I am currently President of UNICEF at Illinois Tech, which serves to protect children’s rights and development all over the world. I’ve worked with the Global Leaders Program as a Career Development Intern and the Museum of Science and Industry as a MSI-IIT intern and think exploring different internships is not only fun but valuable as you figure out more about your likes and dislikes. I became a Peer Career Coach so that I could not only build my professional skills but also help other students with their career development. One piece of advice I would give my peers is that it is never too early to begin your career development and to use the career services offered at school because they are an invaluable tool.