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: 

  • Leadership
  • Flexibility
  • Diversity
  • Commitment
  • Efficiency

Meeting with Peer Career Guides

During the fall and spring semesters, Peer Career Guides are available to meet with you both in person at the Career Hub (231 Luther Bonney) and/or via Zoom.

Peer Career Guide meetings are available for the summer 2023

Visit here to learn more and schedule an appointment with a PCG.

Bianca Arcencio, M.S. Ed.

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. 

  • M.S.Ed. in TESOL, University of Southern Maine 2021

Strengths: Restorative | Learner | Achiever | Input | Individualization

Ielaf Khalil, M.S. Ed.

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.

  • LB.S. in Business Administration, University of Southern Maine 2020
  • M.S. in Adult and Higher Education, University of Southern Maine 2022

Strengths: Empathy | Achiever | Self-Assurance | Learner | Arranger

  • 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

We are currently accepting applications for Fall 2023. Once hired, PCG will receive comprehensive training empowering you to support other students with career-related needs. To apply, make sure to log in with your UMS credentials. 

To apply to be a Peer Career Guide, find the job posting on the USM Job & Internship Board by first logging into the MyUSM Campus Portal and clicking on the green “Job Board” icon on the launchpad. Then search for Peer Career Guide.

Questions? Contact Program Manager, Norrie Crocker: