Career Peers

The Career Peers are a very important part of the support we provide in the Student Life Centre.
Career Peers are a team of highly trained, upper-year student leaders who are advised by the Student Life Centre staff to provide career support and programming to Brescia students. This career support takes on several services, including:

  • Holding drop-in office hours for on-the-spot resume, cover letter, CV, and LinkedIn Profile critiques.
  • Fall Term Drop-In hours begin Monday, September 9, 2019. At this time, you can meet with a Career Peer on Mondays from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Winter Term Drop-In hours begin Tuesday, January 14, 2020. You can visit the Peers for resume, cover letter, CV, and LinkedIn help during the following hours: Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Wednesdays from 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • This year’s Career Peers are able to provide you with help in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Arabic.
  • Helping fellow students work through available tools and resources to help assess values, skills and interests
  • Co-facilitating workshops with SLC staff
  • Initiating special projects to meet the career needs of students
Meet your 2019-20 Career Peers!
Madona Gergis: Hello all! My name is Madonna and I’m in my third year of Nutrition and Dietetics. I’m originally from Egypt so I speak Arabic! I love hiking and vising historical places. I am very glad that I’m part of a great team of career peers who will be helping you reach your full potential and achieve your professional goals. I’m excited to help you because helping a student with a resume means helping that student on their career path.

Brianna de la Perrelle-Talbot: My name is Brianna and this year I will be completing my fifth and final year of the honours specialization in psychology program. I came from a small town north of here near Owen Sound. A fun fact about me is that I was a dancer of 15 years before coming to university! I wanted to become a career peer because I myself struggled through University to figure out what it was that I was truly passionate about. After switching my program twice, I have finally figured out what works for me, and I have even begun working in the field before graduation! I would love to spread my knowledge with my peers at Brescia to help them reach their goals during their years in University.

Smile Zhu: I am Smile and I am in my fourth year as a Food and Nutrition student. I am from Canton, China, and have been to Canada for five years now. I really enjoy traveling, and love taking photographs to record those memorable moments in my life. As for why I want to become a Career Peer, I like the feeling of helping people and I think this idea aligns with this position. I was helped by the Brescia community in the past few years and I think it is time for me to do something in return before my graduation. So, here am I!

Eileen Li: Hello! I am Eileen and I am from China. I am in my fourth year of Honours Specialization in Nutrition and Dietetics. I like playing badminton and swimming. Finding a job requires lots of efforts and I am so excited to share my knowledge of resume building, cover letter writing and interview preparation with you. I am looking forward to seeing you during our drop-in hours!

Bailey McDonagh: My name is Bailey McDonagh, I am a mature student in my second year of Honours Specialization in Nutrition and Dietetics. I am from a small town off the shores of Lake Huron, Lucknow. I joined Career Peers because growing up in a rural community I got to see the impacts of volunteers. Volunteering is much more than just an experience I can place on my resume; I believe that being a volunteer challenges and shapes individuals into their best selves. Having said that Career Peers is going to allow me to have more than just a degree but the satisfaction of guiding, assisting and supporting you and other students along the way. I look forward to meeting you at our drop-in session, as I love to talk and support others in their goals and dreams.

What can I expect at drop-in session?
Drop into the Student Life Centre during the designated hours (stay tuned!) to have your Resume, Cover Letter or Linked In Profile reviewed and critiqued by experienced Career Peers.

Career Peers are trained in everything from resume layout and formatting, to using accomplishment statements to highlight your skills and your experiences. Not only that, but you can talk through maximizing your online potential (hello, LinkedIn) and even start to tackle those big questions (how can I narrow down my options?) when you’re having trouble getting started.

Drop-in Hours for Fall 2019
Fall Drop-In Hours are Mondays from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. The Student Life Centre will host drop-in hours with our incredible Career Peers until December 5, 2019. Winter 2020 hours will be released late-November. 

*Drop-in hours are subject to change, changes will be noted above.  If cancelled, a notice will be added to this webpage and in the Student Life Centre’s Instagram (@bresciastudentlife), as soon as possible.

Please ensure that you bring a copy of your resume or cover letter to review. Career Peers will be unable to review electronic versions of these documents.

Be a Career Peer!

Brescia Co-Curricular RecordIn their role, Career Peers spend 3-5 hours/week, from September-April, gaining first-hand knowledge of career development strategies and working closely with our professional staff, while applying their knowledge directly to a valued leadership role at Brescia. Not only that, but Career Peers develop the skills and knowledge to engage in self- and career exploration as they think about life beyond Brescia.

Interested in joining the Career Peer team?  Visit the Student Life Centre to learn more about how to get involved. Applications open Winter 2019!