Leadership Opportunities

Graham Peer Advisor (GPA)

The Graham Peer Advisor (GPA) program is a leadership program for current Gatton students who are interested in promoting the mission of the Graham Office of Career Management while actively assisting students with their career aspirations and life-long learning goals.  The purpose of the Graham Peer Advisor program is to provide career exploration, career advising, and career development assistance to students on a peer-to-peer level.  Graham Peer Advisors are trained to present on a variety of career development topics, to assist with student outreach, and to promote the importance of early and continuous career planning and preparation.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Attend mandatory training the Monday before the Fall Semester begins
  • One-year commitment (consecutive fall and spring semesters)
  • Minimum of 3 hours per week for office hours including but not limited to:
    • social media updates, classroom marketing, newsletter preparation, employer correspondence, creating flyers and marketing materials
  • Attend 1 hour bi-weekly (every other week) team meeting
  • Provide assistance (after training) to students on the following topics:
    • College Stress, Choosing a Major, Finding a Job or Internship, Career Fair Tips, Resumes, Campus Involvement, Class / Major Advice, Time Management
  • Staff programs and preparatory and recruiting events such as resume development events and career fairs.
  • Create a career resource tool (for example, educational handouts for Linked-In, Interviewing Tips, etc.)
  • Lead a promotional campaign for the Graham Office each semester in the Gatton College

GPA’s Learning Outcomes

  • Develop skills that will be applicable to your long-term career goal including: leadership, technical, listening, teamwork, and interpersonal skills
  • Build upon your communication skills, both oral and written
  • Define, develop, and grow your own career goals as you move through your academic college experience
  • Serve with a team of great people and enjoy a creative & diverse work environment
  • Build mentoring and coaching skills


  • Demonstrated (or looking to gain) leadership experience
  • Grade point average of 3.0 or above
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Time management skills
  • Positive energy and work ethic
  • Ability to work in teams and to work on individual projects


$300 per semester


Applications are due March 30, 2017 by 12:00pm.

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Graduate Assistant / Career Counselor in Training (GA)

The Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky has its own internal career services office. Business students have access to career counseling services including career assessment, exploration, and decision-making. Students also get customized assistance in developing their job search plan, materials, and interview skills. Up to 3 graduate assistants (GAs) are utilized in the delivery of services each year. Services are provided in individual, small group, and workshop/program formats. GAs receive extensive training and participate in individual and group supervision with Graham Office staff.

Criteria for Graduate Assistant Role:

  • Currently enrolled in a graduate level program such as Counseling, Counseling Psychology, Higher Education Administration, or College Student Personnel
  • Willing to commit to fall and spring semesters
  • Prefer applicants who have completed a career counseling course within their graduate program
  • Prefer applicants that are interested in pursuing a career in higher education/career counseling long-term

Payment Information:

Graduate Assistants receive a $1,000 stipend per semester.

Job Description:

  • Weeklong comprehensive training the week prior to classes starting in August covering career assessments, career exploration process, connecting majors and careers, career decision making processes, resume development, interview strategies, job search correspondence, job offer evaluation and salary negotiation.
  • Ongoing training to stay current on job market trends, best practices in higher education career services, and ethical guidelines within the career counseling profession
  • Integrate mental health concepts into individual career counseling sessions (managing anxiety, relaxation techniques, etc.)
  • Administer and interpret career assessments (MBTI, SII, Career Leader and CTI) in individual counseling sessions to assist students in making career decisions
  • Facilitate career exploration process for students by providing resources for career research and educating them on current trends in the job market
  • Assist students in making decisions regarding their academic major and career path
  • Provide coaching on resume development and job/internship search correspondence
  • Provide coaching on job/internship search strategies and interviewing skills
  • Guide students through salary negotiation process and job offer evaluation
  • Participate in outreach efforts, staff career fairs and resource development projects
  • Option to present to student groups or facilitate workshops on career-related topics
  • Option to lead counseling/educational groups

Typical Weekly Schedule – 15 hours/week*:

  • 1 hour team staff meeting
  • 1 hour individual supervision
  • 1 hour group supervision/training
  • 1 hour counseling via distance for resume rotation (direct client contact)
  • 3 hours drop-in counseling rotation (direct client contact)
  • 6 hours individual counseling appointments (30/60 minute blocks, direct client contact)
  • 2 hours admin/notes/projects

*Can accommodate 20 hours/week if needed.


Amanda Schagane, a career counselor with 7+ years of experience in college career services and designated a Master Career Counselor by NCDA. Previously served as President of the Kentucky chapter of NCDA and writes for the Lexington Herald-Leader on career-related topics. For more background information: https://www.linkedin.com/in/amandaschagane

How to Apply:

To be considered for a Graduate Assistant position, please submit the following to Amanda Schagane. Feel free to contact us with questions about the opportunity and to discuss your practicum/internship requirements.

  • Resume or Curriculum Vita
  • Cover letter addressing your interest in career counseling services
  • Two reference contacts (name, title/company, email, phone and relationship to you)

Initial application deadline is March 30, 2017 by 12:00pm.