Career Peer Ambassador program
Career Peer ambassador program
ATTENTION TO ALL STUDENTS:
Beginning August 16th, 2021, the Student Services building will reopen and offer limited in-person, online, and phone services. In addition, the Career Center will provide limited face-to-face services and will continue to provide full assistance through a remote format. Please note, our Career Ambassadors are currently only holding appointments via ZOOM (not face-to-face).
schedule an appointment
Learn more about the Career Peer Ambassador Program on the page below.
about the program
The Career Peer Ambassador Program (CAP) is a new career readiness peer-to-peer learning community at the San Diego Mesa College Career Center. The program is a pilot funded by the Strong Workforce Program. CAP began in the Spring of 2018 to support our short-term campus projects while the region develops a long-term plan to grow and improve outcomes for Career Education programs in the California Community Colleges.
What is a Career Peer Ambassador?
Career Peer Ambassadors are campus student leaders who are trained to facilitate the resources available through the San Diego Mesa College Career Center department. Students selected to serve as Career Peer Ambassadors participate in intensive summer training sessions with our Career Counselors, Internship Coordinator, and Career Center staff to develop transferable work-related skills, and participate in professional development trainings as needed. They promote and deliver informational presentations about career services within Mesa College classrooms, around the college campus, and at career services events. They also provide walk-in individual and group peer-to-peer career coaching sessions.
The Career Peer Ambassador Program is a team of dedicated, knowledgeable, and friendly students who represent the San Diego Mesa College Career Center. They guide their peers through their career journeys by providing peer-to-peer coaching sessions on job searching, résumé writing, cover letter writing, and interview preparation, as well as other career readiness resources.
online Peer-to-Peer Résumé and Cover Letter Assistance
The Career Center at Mesa College has expanded the Career Ambassador Program to offer remote online student support services. Online peer-to-peer résumé and cover letter assistance is available to all currently enrolled students and alumni free of charge.
- Get one-on-one support with:
- Résumé building
- Cover letter writing
Available formats for résumé/cover letter review sessions:
- Zoom meeting appointment - Zoom is a free platform for video and audio conferencing
- Phone call appointment
- Email communications
What if I don't currently have a resume or cover letter?No worries, our Career Ambassadors can guide you through the steps to create one!
To schedule an online appointment, please call the Career Center at (619) 800-3556 during regular operating hours. Students will also be asked to complete a pre-survey prior to their scheduled appointment. In the pre-survey google form, students can upload their resume/cover letter for the Career Peer Ambassadors to better prepare and provide students with feedback. Completing the pre-survey is a required step for resume reviews via phone call appointment and email communications.
Questions? If you have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding the Career Peer Ambassador Program services, please contact Olivia Picolla, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (619) 800-3556 to speak with a Career Center staff member.
Meet our career Peer ambassadors
SADIE WAGER ’20, COORDINATOR, CAREER AMBASSADOR PROGRAM
Sadie graduated from San Diego Mesa College with an Associate’s in Arts for Transfer Degree: Political Science in the Spring of 2020. She will be in the process of applying to transfer to a Four-Year University for 2022. Sadie is excited to continue her education wherever that path may lead her in the future. She decided to attend Mesa for various reasons, it was close to home but also the amazing academic programs available to all. After attending Mesa for several years now she has found the right path and connections by becoming a Career Peer Ambassador. From attending workshops to helping plan events, Sadie is here to help students during these times.
One tip she would give students coming into Mesa is, "Make sure you use all of the resources available to you and don't be afraid to ask questions. As staff members of the Mesa community we are here to help!"
LARA NAPASA ’20, LEAD CAREER AMBASSADOR
Lara graduated from San Diego Mesa College with an Associate’s Degree for Transfer in Liberal Arts and Sciences Studies Pre-Nursing in the Spring of 2020. She is currently a junior track 2 nursing student at San Diego State University. During her time at Mesa, Lara served as a Peer Navigator with the CRUISE program to mentor first year students in their transition to college. She is more than happy to be a part of the Career Center to assist students with their career goals as a Career Peer Ambassador. She chose to attend Mesa because of its close distance to home and how the campus exhibits excellence through various aspects. Mesa has plentiful resources to offer its students that will help them achieve success and flourish in any career path they choose to pursue.
An advice she would give to students is to always seek help and be engaged on campus. "Expanding your connections is an essential part of your success so don't be hesitant to reach out. We are here for you! Stay persistent and continue to work hard for your dreams. Always remember to just keep swimming."
WELCOME CAREER AMBASSADOR JOCELYN DORANTES ’22, (NEW HIRE AS OF SEPTEMBER 2021)
Jocelyn is currently attending San Diego Mesa College and is predicted to graduate by Spring 2022 with an Associate's Degree for transfer in Psychology. She hopes to attend San Diego State University in the Fall of 2022 to continue her studies in Psychology in the pursuit of becoming a Marriage Family Therapist. Jocelyn is a Puentista. Their mission is to increase the number of Mexican American/Latino students transferring to four-year universities. She is now thrilled to join the Career Center and be able to help students in their career journeys. She plans to help pave the way and help students figure out what they like and want to do in their lives. Jocelyn has always been the type to help people and give back to her community in any way she can, so for her, this is such an amazing program that she is honored to be a part of.
One thing she quickly learned from her short time at Mesa that she wishes to share with students is, " Use your resources! Network! Get out of your comfort zone! The best things occur when you are exploring your opportunities and pushing your boundaries"
WELCOME CAREER AMBASSADOR, AMY REDDING (NEW HIRE AS OF SEPTEMBER 2021)
Amy has returned to college in pursuit of her third career. She is currently taking classes at Mesa to be sure she has a competitive application when she applies to a master’s program in social work. She graduated from UCSD back in the 90s with a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry/Cell Biology. She enjoyed a 10-year career as a molecular biologist at several local biotech companies. After having 2 children, she transitioned into advocacy work on behalf of San Diego students and their families with a focus on students in poverty and students with disabilities. Her advocacy has always been around the educational issues of quality, access, and equity, so all students have the opportunity to succeed.
She is excited to continue her work with students as a Peer Career Ambassador. She is looking forward to using her experience to help the new generation of students-her fellow students- build their desired careers one resume, cover letter, and interview at a time.
Amy’s Advice: Know your “Why”. Take the time to know who you want to be in this world and plan from there. There are always detours and obstacles, but when you know your “why” it is easier to get back on track.
WELCOME CAREER AMBASSADOR, JOSE ORTEGA '22 (NEW HIRE AS OF SEPTEMBER 2021)
Jose is currently in his third semester at Mesa College, majoring in Math & Pre-Engineering Computer Science. He is in the process of applying to transfer to a four-year university for 2022. Jose would like to continue his education in a direction that would lead him towards becoming a software engineer. Being a student at Mesa, Jose was able to learn the importance of always reaching out for help. The support that Mesa is able to provide for the student is immensely appreciated and Jose is grateful for every single part of it. He is now excited to join the Career Ambassador team in the Career Center in order to assist students reach their own goals. He is excited to make an effort to keep expanding the community Mesa has been building so eloquently over the years.
Jose’s advice to students is to always reach out when assistance is needed. “College is not designed to go through it alone. It will be hard at times, but the amount of great people that are willing to help will always be there for you. Continue to push through it.”
Open house 2020 presentations
- Black Students Matter - The Plight of Black Queer Students | By Malik Shabazz
- How to Survive, Thrive, and Succeed as a Latinx Mesa Student (Amidst a Global Pandemic) | Cómo Sobrevivir, Prosperar, y Triunfar como Estudiante en Mesa siendo parte de la Comunidad Latinx (en medio de una Pandemia Mundial) | By Carolina Chavez
- Once Upon A Time: The Art of Storytelling in Virtual Interviewing | By Lara Napasa
- Oh, the Places You’ll Go for Transfer | By Helen Ma
- Learning to Work Around My Hunger: Students Experiencing Food and Housing Insecurities | By Sadie Wager
- International Student Experiences: Navigating Obstacles to Reach a Successful Career in the United States | By Luiza Barreto Rodrigues