Introducing Virtual Peer Career Advisor Pop-ins

As we all know, this fall looks completely different from previous years. However, Career Services is dedicated to continuing to offer all of our services. We are excited to invite you to Virtual Peer Career Advisor (PCA) Pop-ins. This is the second year of the PCA program, which provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to discuss their quick peerrelated questions. 

 Who are Peer Career Advisors (PCAs)? 

PCAs are undergraduate students trained by the Career Services staff who can answer all your quick careerrelated questions and help guide you on your career journey. This fall we have 10 Peer Career Advisors who are excited to work with you! From internships with Google, EY, Anheuser-Busch, Bain and more, our PCAs offer unique perspectives in career advising and can relate to your similar experiences. 

What are Virtual Pop-Ins? 

Virtual Pop-Ins are run by our team of Peer Career Advisors (PCAs). PCAs can help you with document review (such as resumes or cover letters) and answer your careerrelated questions in 20-minute virtual meetings via Zoom. To sign up for a pop-in, visit Handshake and click “Peer Career Advising” as the appointment type. Once the appointment is approved, you will get a Handshake confirmation message with a link to a Penn Career Services page that lists all of our PCAs’ Zoom linksFind the link for the PCA with whom you booked, and then join their Zoom meeting at the scheduled time. You can sign up for a pop-in as early as one day before the appointment. 

 Who can use Pop-Ins? When are they? 

We serve all current undergraduate students at Penn. For current availability, please check Handshake. PCAs will have pop-ins available between 9am to 7pm EST Monday through Friday. 

 What can I talk about in a Pop-In? 

PCAs can help you with resumes, cover letters, interviewing skills, Handshake tips, the job and internship search, and more. They have been extensively trained on these topics this summer. They are a great resource for quick questions such as “How do I write about my summer experience on my resume?”, “What is this weird part of Handshake?”, and “How can I explore different career options?” 

 What if I want to see an advisor? 

That will always be an option! You can still make a virtual/telephone appointment via  Handshake  or chat with an advisor during Drop-in hours. Advisors can help with bigger questions like “I have no idea what I want to do with my life” or “Help! I have an exploding offer” or “How do I prepare for my interview next week?” 

We are excited for the second year of the program and we hope to see you popping in soon! 

By Zaida Bryant
Zaida Bryant Administrative Coordinator, The College