The UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media launched a new Career Peers program, featuring three students who will help fellow undergraduates prepare for jobs and internships.
The program, initiated this year, recruits paid seniors as “career peers” who will serve as mentors, while offering professional advice through reviewing and editing resumes, LinkedIn profiles, portfolios and cover letters.
Isabel Hewgley, one of the three inaugural career peers, said she feels that being a part of the program is rewarding on a community level because she can connect with other students. Hewgley said the program is not just a teaching experience, but a learning experience as well.
“I can do as much research as I want, or I can try to apply these topics or understand the industry better just from my personal research, but when I have to explain it to a student who’s asking me, I think that’s totally where the learning comes in,” Hewgley said.
Louise Spieler, senior associate dean for strategy and administration for the Hussman School, said the peers are trained by Hussman Career Services professionals, which sets them apart from other peer-to-peer resources.