Welcome back to another semester at the Mount! I hope everyone had an enjoyable and relaxing winter break and that the first week of classes went well. Each year, the Career Center looks for new ways to assist students in their major and career exploration, and the 2014 New Year is no exception. As this spring semester begins, the Career Center will be starting a new initiative: the Peer Career Advising Program.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with this new program, the Peer Career Advising Program involves career coaching, which focuses on forging partnerships with students and providing support. There are several other colleges and universities in the surrounding area that also have this program, and the Career Center has researched those schools and their programs while individualizing the Peer Career Advising program to best benefit the Mount community. The Career Center hopes that this program will be both successful and beneficial to students.

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Beginning the week of January 27, Peer Career Advisors, or PCAs, will have the opportunity to introduce students to the services and resources provided by the Career Center. More specifically, PCAs can offer information, tips and reviews of resumes, cover letters, reference pages, interviewing skills, networking, LinkedIn, College Central Network and overall professionalism. This is obviously such a broad range of subjects that PCAs can assist students with, and the Career Center hopes that everyone at the Mount takes advantage of this new program.

For more information or to make an appointment with a PCA, please contact the Career Center at 301-447-5202, Career-Center@msmary.edu or simply stop by the Career Center. Along with Clare, Matt, Naomi and the entire Career Center staff, I look forward to being a part of this program, and we hope you will take advantage of this new resource!