Working at UTS, learning, and helping others: An interview with a Peer Career Advisor
Have you ever wondered what working at UTS as a student is like?
If you’ve ever visited the UTS Careers office on campus, you might have been surprised to see the smiling face of a fellow student behind the desk. Unlike many other universities, our career offerings involve a peer-to-peer model in the form of our Peer Career Advisors. These helpful students are trained to help answer your career questions, advise on resumes, cover letters, and job searching, and guide you through our available resources.
We recently spoke to one of these Peer Career Advisors, Jaspreet Gill, about his career journey so far, what it’s like balancing uni with internships and casual work, and his experience working with careers. Read on to learn about his story and how he’s gone beyond the classroom at UTS.
What are you studying, and what do you enjoy the most about your course?
I’m studying Biotechnology, and what I love the most about my course is the exciting world of research it has opened up for me. Recently, I completed a research internship that allowed me to dive deep into hands-on laboratory work. The experience was incredibly fulfilling as I explored real-world applications of what I’ve learned in my studies. It’s been an eye-opener, and I can’t wait to continue my academic journey.
What are some of your hobbies and interests?
Outside of my academic pursuits, I have a few passions. I absolutely love travelling and exploring new places. It’s a way for me to unwind and learn about different cultures. I love indulging in Netflix binge sessions or jamming to my favourite music. Additionally, I enjoy spending quality time at the beach, which provides the perfect escape from the everyday hustle and bustle.
What is your favourite thing about UTS?
My favourite aspect of UTS is the exceptional support services UTS offers to students. When I first arrived as an international student, I was extremely nervous. Looking back, I’m incredibly grateful for the unwavering support I’ve received from UTS. From orientation programs to all the amazing student support services, I’ve always felt encouraged and empowered throughout my journey.
What’s something new you discovered about what we do at Careers when becoming a PCA?
Transitioning into the role of a Peer Career Advisor, I discovered the wealth of resources and opportunities that UTS Careers offers to students available. While I had a basic understanding of the services provided, I hadn’t fully comprehended the extent of support available. UTS Careers hosts a multitude of events, including industry fairs and workshops, which are incredibly beneficial for students. It was an eye-opener to see how dedicated UTS is to preparing students for their future careers and how much the Careers Team invest in empowering us with knowledge and opportunities. It’s amazing how many opportunities are available, and I’m thrilled to be a part of guiding students through them.
What is your favourite part of being a Peer Career Advisor?
My favourite part of being a Peer Career Advisor is the opportunity to help fellow students, especially international students. Having been in their shoes, I understand the apprehensions and challenges they face. It’s truly fulfilling to reassure them that there are countless opportunities available to them and to help them navigate their career paths. The job is not just rewarding; it’s an opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of fellow students and contribute to the UTS community.
If you were a UTS Building, which would you be?
If I were a UTS Building, I’d probably be UTS Building 2. Its unique design, with all that glass, makes it stand out, and it reflects a sense of openness and modernity that I find intriguing.
What is your favourite UTS building, and why?
I have a deep fondness for UTS Building 2. The building houses the fantastic UTS library, and I particularly enjoy spending time in the rooftop garden. Additionally, the Hive Lab is where I attend most of my classes. The building’s modern and innovative architecture, along with the convenience of these facilities, makes it a favourite of mine.
If you want to find out more about what we do at Careers, have questions about your own career, or need a bit of advice, book in for a chat with a Peer Career Advisor online or on campus, or drop into our UTS Careers office on level 4 of building 2 and say hello.
Amelia is a Sydney-based writing and communications enthusiast working at UTS Careers as a Communications Assistant. She is UTS Alumni who studied a Bachelor of Communications (Creative Writing & Advertising), and a Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation. She is passionate about creativity, storytelling, and the art of a well-timed gif, and has a vast collection of crazy socks.
Peer Career Advisor at UTS Careers
Jaspreet is a current UTS student studying for a Bachelor of Biotechnology. He has done work around the university as a Campus Assistant Services officer, a Student Ambassador with the Faculty of Science, an Equity Ambassador, and a Notetaker. He came on board the UTS Careers team as a Peer Career Advisor in September 2022 and loves helping students, including fellow international students.