Career Peer Advisors

Career Peer Advisors (CPAs) are here to provide students from all class years with peer support related to their individual career development needs.

CPAs are trained advisors that can meet with students to talk about and give feedback on resumes, cover letters, and using Handshake most effectively. CPAs are well prepared and ready to help students with some of the most commonly asked career questions. They can also help guide students to resources, services, and the expertise of the HCC staff as it relates to their specific needs.

Students may schedule an appointment with a CPA through Handshake or they can come visit HCC during walk-in hours. Meet our advisers:


Leah Harman

Leah Harman ’20

Career Peer Adviser
Pre-Law. Major: history; minors: Spanish, East Asian Studies What I love most about Occidental is the community within and around the institution. From my friends helping me through hard times...

Belle Bashaw ’20

Career Peer Adviser
Majors: Diplomacy & World Affairs, economics On campus I'm involved with work in the Career Center and I'm a lifeguard at the Taylor Pool. I'm also a member of the Oxy Outdoors Club, the...
Nina Srdić Hadži-Nešić

Nina Srdić Hadži-Nešić ’21

Career Peer Adviser
Majors: Diplomacy & World Affairs, Theater What I love about Oxy is its people! Some of the most interesting and best people I've met are on this campus: from my friends and inspiring...

Kitty Lu ’21

Career Peer Adviser
Major: kinesiology; minor: Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies I love the small size of Oxy because I am able to walk around and see so many familiar faces. You really get to know everyone on...

Career Peer Advising Program FAQs

What types of appointments do CPAs take?

CPAs conduct resume and cover letter review, as well as Handshake “how-to" sessions. And if students don’t know where to start when it comes to their career journey, meeting with a Career Peer Advisor can be a good first step!

Which class years can meet with a CPA?

All class years are welcome to schedule an appointment with a CPA. Students can schedule an appointment with a CPA on Handshake.

Do I have to meet with a CPA prior to meeting with a Career Services staff member?

No. Students have the flexibility to meet with either a Career Peer Advisor, or a member of the Career Services Staff based on availability or type of advising support needed.

Can I apply to become a CPA?

Yes! Recruitment for the Career Peer Advisor position begins in January of each year. Applicants can view the job description and application requirements in Handshake, with the application period open from mid-February to mid-March.

Since the CPA role directly serves as a career development bridge between students at Oxy and the HCC, CPAs will engage in additional training during the spring semester after they have been selected prior to the next academic year.

What are the preferred eligibility criteria to apply for a Career Peer Advisor Position?

Ideal candidates and incumbents should meet the following qualifications:

  • Completion of at least one (1) semester at Oxy, sophomore class standing or above.
  • Previous engagement with the Hameetman Career Center.
  • Good academic standing.
  • Completion of at least one (1) internship.
  • Completion of the HCC’s Internship Search Bootcamp.
  • Proficiency in using Handshake.
  • Intermediate proficiency in using MS Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
  • Possess strong writing and public speaking skills.
  • Evidence of leadership, dependability, initiative, and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently or part of a team.
  • Students receiving Work/Study financial aid, preferred.

How do I apply to a CPA position?

Students can apply via Handshake with a resume and cover letter.

Is the Career Peer Advisor Position paid?

Yes. This is a student employment position.

How is a CPA role different from a student assistant position in the career center?

Student Assistants primarily support the operations of the HCC (event logistics and reception desk), whereas the CPAs advise students on resume, cover letter, and Handshake review, which require more advanced professional development skills, commitment, and expertise.