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Peer Career Coaches

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, Handshake, 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

Adam Denchfield

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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.

Wildaline Serin

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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.

SZE LAM OR

Currently, I am a third-year student at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) majoring in biomedical engineering with a specialization in neural engineering. Outside of the academic realm, I am a third-year cadet in the US Army ROTC program at IIT. ROTC has helped me remain disciplined in reaching my daily goals, instilling stability and balance which I hope will lead to successful completion of my undergraduate career. I am a 2016 Fellow with American Needs You (ANY), a 2-year professional development and leadership training program that provides mentor-driven career support to low-income first-generation college students. My work experiences include working as a Medical Writing Intern with Genzyme Corporation – Medical Writing Department, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and working as an Undergraduate Intern with MedicalRecords.com to assist with optimizing Electronic Medical Record (EMR) for physicians.  I chose to become a Peer Career Coach because I hope I can bring the professional skillsets learned from ANY, which has provided me a holistic view of how one can develop his personal brand through intensive career development, one-on-one mentorship, and robust networks, to students on this campus. A piece of advice I can offer is to never take criticisms personally. Turn those negative remarks into actionable goals for self-improvement. 

FATIMA AZFAR

I am currently enrolled in Computer Science co-terminal program here at Illinois Tech. I am the Marketing Chair for ACM-W (Association for Computing Machinery Women) an organization catered specifically towards professional development and creating a community for women in computer science, as well as other tech majors like ITM and engineering. I am also a part of the publicity team at MSA (Muslim Students Association). I am also a commuter student (with a really insane commute)! I love to read and draw, some of my work is on a wall in the tower's basement and on the 7th floor IPRO space. At home in the suburbs, I work with a non-profit charity called ICNA Relief, where I use my art skills to design infographics and flyers for their various drives and campaigns. I joined the Peer Career Coach team in August 2017, and I look forward to helping both fellow students and myself learn how to professionally represent themselves socially and in writing. My advice to my peers is to always look up, never down. Slips and stumbles are a part of life; accept them, but don't let them define you.

XOCHITL CASTEL

(So-Chee) is the easiest way to pronounce my name. I’m pursuing my Bachelor’s of Architecture degree here at IIT. Born and raised in Chicago, I have an enthusiastic interest in the city’s architectural and cultural history and its impact on design across the world. I have been involved in many architectural organizations and programs since high school, such as the Chicago Architecture Foundation, that has awarded me with countless opportunities which have augmented my professional communication skills. Currently, I am involved with the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS) on campus which aims to improve the lives of minority architecture students in many aspects and LIFE/HACE which focuses on providing opportunities to Hispanic students and allies. I love working as a Peer Career Coach because I get to help students prepare for their professional experiences, all while being inspired by their own enthusiasm. One piece of advice I have for students is to remember that life goes on (even if you miss one homework assignment!), learn from your mistakes and keep looking forward!

Contact

Hermann Hall, 113
Email: PCC@iit.edu
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