Peer Career Guide Program
Peer Career Guides (PCGs) are USM students who are trained to guide fellow students in career-related activities. Peer Career Guides support students with resume and cover letter development through 1-on-1 conversations. The goal is to promote student success by offering direct, career-related services and resources. Peer Career Guides support students based on individual needs. Our values include:
Book an appointment with a Peer Career Guide
Peer Career Guides are available to meet with you both in person at the Career Hub (231 Luther Bonney) and/or via Zoom. The appointments are 30 - minutes long. To book your appointment please click this link: Peer Career Guide Calendar
Fall 2022 Peer Career Guide Schedule
- 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM (virtual and in-person)
- 8:15 AM - 10:30 AM (virtual only)
- Wednesdays: 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM (virtual and in-person)
- 8:15 AM - 10:30 AM (virtual only)
- 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (virtual and in-person)
- Fridays: 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM (virtual)
Bianca Arcencio, M.S. Ed.
- M.S.Ed. in TESOL, University of Southern Maine 2021
Bianca is the Graduate Assistant for the Career & Employment Hub and for the ESOL Department. She has experience in designing and implementing a training program. She is excited to be part of the Peer Career Guide team to support students elevate their resumes and cover letters. Bianca is currently pursuing her second Master’s in Adult and Higher Education. She has over 15 years of experience as an ESL teacher. Bianca has worked with elementary students, teenagers, and adults.
Stregnths: Restorative | Learner | Achiever | Input | Individualization
- B.A. in Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of Southern Maine December 2022
Montana Kalian joined the peer career guide team in March of 2022. In addition to working with students, she works with the Program Manager on Grant Writing. After a 6 year hiatus from higher education, she returned to USM in the Spring of 2021 to finish her Bachelor’s Degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences. As an adult learner and former healing arts practitioner, Montana knows firsthand that there are a wide multitude of successful career paths. Sometimes, the most interesting ones, and maybe the one that is right for you, do not always follow a linear structure. Outside of USM, she is a Human Resources Recruiter, reviewing resumes, cover letters, and interviewing candidates. Montana is excited to be a member of the PCG team working with USM students to help translate their strengths and accomplishments into successful and exciting futures of meaningful work.
Strengths: Intellection | Input | Strategic | Deliberative | Learner
Ielaf Khalil, M.S. Ed.
- B.S. in Business Administration, University of Southern Maine 2020
- M.S. in Adult and Higher Education, University of Southern Maine 2022
Ielaf Khalil joined the Career and Employment Hub in February of 2022. She works as the Project Assistant for the Peer Career Guide Program. Ielaf communicates with the team to ensure undergraduate students are receiving the best services. She works closely with the program manager to plan marketing projects and set goals. In addition, she collaborates with other departments to promote the program and reach as many students as possible. She is currently pursuing a Doctoral degree in Leadership and is very passionate about student affairs. Her goal is to enhance students’ college experience to generate better outcomes and provide sufficient resources for students to be successful.
Strengths: Empathy | Achiever | Self-Assurance | Learner | Arranger
- B.A. in Leadership and & Organizational Studies, University of Southern Maine 2022
Rebecca (she/her/hers) began working at the Career and Employment Hub as an intern in January of 2022. Since joining the HUB, she has worked as a member of the Peer Career Guide team to help design, develop, and implement the Peer Career Guide Program. She is passionate about serving the diverse student population at USM. She strives to help individuals to see their strengths and pursue their career paths with confidence. She received her undergraduate degree in Leadership and Organizational Studies and is currently pursuing her masters in Clinical Counseling.
Strengths: Learner | Individualization | Empathy | Harmony | Input
- Assist fellow USM students
- Develop valuable communication, active listening, and leadership skills
- Strengthen resume and cover letter skills
- Network with professionals
- Increase your knowledge of USM resources and services