Peer career coaching started in Fall 2017 to supplement the few professional career coaches at UC. At that time, four peer coaches operated out of an awkward space on the seventh floor of the Steger Student Life Center.
In November 2019, the expanded staff of 11 peer coaches and four professional coaches moved to a more visible and comfortable space on the 300 Level of Tangeman University Center (TUC), now called the Bearcat Promise Career Studio.
Since the move, use of the Studio’s services has increased, and the staff can host workshops and events that weren’t possible before.
While peer career coaches break for the summer, professional career coaches continue to see students by appointment year-round. With the restrictions on close contact, students can meet with their career coach virtually using video conferencing, telephone and email. In addition, Career Studio staff are working to build out more online resources that students can use anytime, anywhere.
The Bearcat Promise Career Studio is a space for students to explore careers and plan for life after college. Its staff are part of the division of Experience-Based Learning and Career Education, which facilitates real-world work experiences for students, teaches students to prepare for their professional lives, and provides career services to students and alumni. In addition, the division connects employers and external partners with the talent they seek in a variety of arrangements both inside and outside the classroom.