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What do peers do?

The Career Center Peer Advisors are here to help you out with your professional development. We are here to support, assist, and provide guidance for students in drop-in advising, workshops, and information sessions—all of which are designed to encourage your exploration of the career and academic opportunities available to you. If you have any questions, you can find the peers at Career Station every Wednesday, or at the Career Center during regular hours.

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Career Station

Every Wednesday from 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., the peers will have a table near the Bell Tower. Come visit if you have any questions about resumes, online resources, upcoming events, and what the Career Center can offer you—or just drop by to say hello. The Career Peers are here to help, and we hope to see you soon! 

Office Hours

The Career Center Peer Advisors hold office hours each week to assist students with career related questions.  Stop by and connect with a peer advisor who might have  a similar background, major or career aspiration as you.  For more information about each peer advisor and their office hours, please see their bios below!  

Meet Our Peer Advisors


  • Rosa (Lead Peer Advisor, Administrative)
    Rosa Garcia Lizzaraga - Peer Advisor

    Rosa Garcia Lizarraga

    Major: Anthropology & Education, Society, & Human Development (concentration: Community Leadership, Policy, and Social Justice)
    Year: 4th Year
    Career Goal: Counselor

    A famous Mexican proverb or dicho I like to live my life by is “El que madruga, Dios lo ayuda.” This proverb translates to “God helps those who rise early.” To many individuals this might not make any sense but, the message I believe this proverb tries to convey is that honest, hard work pays off. I chose to believe this because this proverb gives me hope. This makes me believe that if I continue to work hard, if I try to be a good person and help others along the way, then the universe will repay me with good karma. 

    I enjoy hanging out with my friends and family, watching Netflix, listening to a variety of music, trying new foods, and watching movies. I aspire to become a counselor or work in higher education because I truly enjoy working with students. As a first generation student and as the first member of my family to attend college, learning how to navigate college on my own was stressful and hard. However, I consider myself lucky because my challenges as a first generation student forced me to step out of my comfort zone and look for my school’s academic resources. Thanks to the help of teachers, mentors, and resource centers, I was able to successfully transition and adapt to a life here, at UCR. 

    This is why I believe resource centers, like the Career Center, are incredibly important. I love working as a Peer Advisor for the Career Center because the main focus of my job is to help UCR students with their professional and career needs. I encourage all UCR students, regardless of year or major, to stop by the Career Center and see how the Career Counselors and Peer Advisors can help you!

    Office Hour (F18): Tuesdays, 10:00am - 11:00am 

  • Marcus (Lead Peer Advisor, Student Services)
    Marcus Lou 18-19

    Marcus Lou 

    Major: Neuroscience
    Year: 4th Year
    Career Goal: Neurosurgeon

    I enjoy going to the gym, playing sports, traveling, and adventuring into the essence nature. As an ambitious undergraduate in pursuit of medical school, I am fascinated in how our brain influences our emotions, thought processes, and everyday behaviors. I aim to become a Neurologist who can treat disorders of the brain, spinal cord, and nerves.

    The thing that I love most about working at the Career Center is knowing that at the end of the day, we are helping to make a difference. As a Peer Advisor, I am granted that opportunity to guide and assist students on their path towards success through hosting and aiding with workshops, career fairs, information sessions, and much more.

    On top of the many resources and tools, there is much more to the Career Center than what meets the eye, and it is our staff. From career counselors to special program coordinators to employer relations, they are nothing short of amazing through their kindness, compassion, and dedication that they devote towards helping students succeed.

    Whether you want to learn more about your career path, are unsure on how to write a resume, want to learn the keys to a successful interview, job searching, or are unsure of the steps to take after graduating, I encourage you to drop by our center, and we would be more than happy to help you out!

    Office Hour (F18): Thursdays, 11:00am - 12:00pm 

  • Helen
    Helen Youssef - Peer Advisor

    Helen Youssef 

    Major: Psychology
    Year: 3rd Year
    Career Goal: Counseling Psychologist

    I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, painting, going to the beach, watching movies and dancing. My passion is to help others, whether they are a friend or strangers, and I strive to encourage everyone around me to do what they love. I make it a point in my relationships with everyone to help believe in themselves. Overall I care about the people that are around mean try to have a positive influence on them. My professional goal is to become a counselor and work with children and their families to develop strong relationships.

    The Career Center is providing me with many tools and resources that I need to start the search for opportunities that will help me to with my career growth. Whether you know or don’t know what you want to do with your degree or if you want to change your career goal, the Career Center can be a great resource to help you grow and investigate yourself and career. Before knowing all the resources and help offered at the career center I thought I wanted to be a pediatrician. However, I would be giving up the lifestyle I want, because it is a great way to help children. Even though true, I didn’t know the other ways I could help children without giving up my lifestyle. The Career Center helped me see the many different ways I could help children without giving anything and in ways that I love. So, please come into the Career Center and allow us to help you grow and get you going to a career you would love. Let yourself that chance to grow, experience, and to learn something that will help you one day make a great decision.

    Office Hour (F18): Mondays, 11:00am - 12:00pm 

  • Heidi
    Heidi Chen 18-19

    Xinyi (Heidi) Chen

    Major: Business Administration, Marketing
    Year: 3rd Year
    Career Goal: TBD

    “I am Heidi Chen Xinyi, a 2nd Year Pre-Business Major, and a Peer Advisor at the UCR Career Center. On top of that, I am also an international student from Singapore. I came to the States for the first time in my life right before college. Even though I have only been here for slightly over a year (as of December 2017), I have grown really attached to this place, my friends here, my job, and many other amazing opportunities. 

    I love hanging out with friends. travelling, anything fashion-related, making videos, writing and dancing. I aspire to make a positive impact on others’ lives — although I have yet to decide on the specific approach/career path. For now, I just love spreading positivity, offering support to those around me — be it emotional support as a friend, or professional support as a Peer Advisor at the Career Center. 

    I am excited about all the skills that I am to learn, the people whom I am to meet, the opportunities I am to come by, and even the challenges I am to encounter and eventually overcome!”

    Office Hour (F18): Wednesdays, 2:00pm - 3:00pm 

  • Isabel
    Isabel Ibarra 18-19

    Isabel Ibarra

    Major: Sociology
    Year : 3rd Year
    Career Goal : Counselor

    I enjoy spending quality time with my friends and family, reading, watching movies, and going to the beach. As a first generation college student, I was never aware of all the resources that were available to me as a student. I faced numerous difficulties in learning how to adjust to an environment that I was never exposed to. Being the first member in my family to attend college came with numerous pressures and expectations to succeed. Being unsure of where to go and what to do in order to become a well-rounded college student was daunting. But it was through these hardships that I was able to push myself out of my self-created boundaries. By doing so, I became familiar with resources that helped me become acculturated to attending a university. I am grateful for my journey because it has brought me to where I am today. I have always had a passion for helping others. I started at the Career Center as a Front Desk Assistant and have now transitioned into the role of Peer Advisor. I am thankful for the opportunity of being able to experience different roles because it has allowed me to work with students on various platforms. It is through my experience at the Career Center that I have been able to discover that I enjoy working with students in a higher education setting. Interacting one on one with individuals and serving as a resource to them is something that I take great pleasure in. This ties into my goal of pursuing a career in counseling in order for me to able to continue to help individuals throughout the course of my life. It is through resources like the Career Center that I have been able to expand my horizons as a student at UCR. From my own experience, I know how intimidating it can be to step out of our comfort zones and seek resources on campus. But once you take that first step, then everything else becomes easier. So I encourage all students to take their first step and visit the Career Center!

    Office Hour (F18): Thursdays, 12:30pm - 1:30pm 

  • Caitlyn
    Caitlyn Tran 18-19

    Caitlyn Tran

    Major: Pre-Business 
    Year : 2nd Year
    Career Goal : Marketing Director
    Hi everyone! I’m Caitlyn, a second year in the Pre-Business major, pursuing a job in marketing in the future. Why’d I chose business? Coming out of high school, I was super unsatisfied with what I’ve achieved within my years in high school and what I believed were my lack of leadership and communication skills, since I really wasn’t involved with anything. I was determined to change this in college, and through this journey of finding myself and really breaking out of my shell to be involved in leadership positions like my officer position in Future Business Leaders of America, a professional business organization in UCR, I truly came to appreciate the plentiful resources and caring, kind, and genuine people who are more than willing to open opportunities and doors for you in order to help you achieve your goals; and I really could not be here without every single one of UCR’s resources from the meeting rooms provided by the HUB, to the cooking classes in the SRC, and to the many workshops provided by the Career Center. I know that I really could not encountered as much personal growth as I’ve had without every single resource offered to me, and that’s why a big motivating factor for me in my future is making an impact on others as well. If I happen to have free time, I like hanging out with my friends, reading (big Harry Potter fan!), and watching movies and shows; especially my favorite sitcom of all time, “Friends”. I love baking, cooking, and my three favorite foods of all time are bread, avocados, and eggs. My biggest advice that I have for anyone looking to develop personally and grow is to not be afraid to put yourself out there and take advantage of all the resources offered to you. It can be the scariest thing in the world to encounter the unexpected, but I promise you everyone here at the Career Center is more than willing to focus on your growth and push you to reach your full potential. I look forward to seeing everyone one of you at the Career Center soon!

  • Paola
    Paola Lopez 18-19

    Paola Lopez

    Major: Psychology
    Year: 2nd Year
    Career Goal: To work as part of a market psychology team for a company
    “Each day is a closer day to becoming a better you”, taking things one day at a time and reminding yourself of your goals as a whole is a great way to start any day, anytime, and anywhere. This is one of the many “cliches” that have kept me motivated to push through in college. Though I’ll be the first to admit I occasionally enjoy binge watching Netflix as I procrastinate and stress about my work later on. In all seriousness, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, but just as it is important to interact with loved ones, so is taking personal time to yourself which is when I spend my free time painting and drawing as I listen to some oldies and hip hop. However, during actual school hours, I constantly try to challenge myself in my courses, especially in my Psychology classes due to the reason in which its my major. Being a peer here at the Career Center allows me to gain additional exposure to it. More specifically, Advertisement Psychology is a career choice I find fascinating, which is basically the study of marketing and advertising and how it affects the consumer’s decision. Working here at the Career Center has helped me pursue to take further interest in this goal of mine and find ways to begin networking into it. Not only do I get to benefit from working in such a supporting environment, I am able to provide support to other students who need it as well. To become a mentor and help students transition more comfortably into the professional world by offering resources to help them along with our genuine faculty, we are able to motivate students to become a better version of themselves and excel during and beyond their time here at UCR. Please come by and ask any questions!

  • Andrea
    Andrea Carreno

    Andrea Carreno

    Major: Liberal Studies & Education, Society, and Human Development, Concentration: Learning and Behavioral Studies
    Year: 4th Year
    Career Goal: work towards social and racial justice within K-12 schools as either a counselor or a teacher
    “Education does not change the world. Education changes people. People change the world.” - Paulo Freire As a UCR student double majoring in Liberal Studies and Education, this quote by Paulo Freire really speaks to the work that I hope to do as a future educator. My goal in education is to inspire students to believe in themselves so that they may become activists for change in their own communities. I have always been passionate about education, and therefore hope to work in an elementary school setting back in the city I grew up in. At UCR, I am the secretary for the American Sign Language club, as well as a mentor for the Chicano Link Peer Mentor Program. On my free time, I enjoy hanging out with friends, traveling, and watching movies and shows (I love The Office). I also enjoy visiting my friends and family back home in San Diego, and having weekend barbeques with them. Family is very important to me, and every day I strive to do my best in school to make them proud. At the Career Center, I hope to help students out by assisting them with any questions they may have about the Career Center, majors, job searching strategies, resumes, and more. As a first-generation college student, I know how challenging it can be to find the right resources for career and job related information, all by oneself. Therefore, I encourage all students of all years and majors to stop by the career center for any questions they may have. I will do my best to provide suggestions to further advance students’ career plan goals.

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