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Career Peer Ambassadors

Our Services

The Career Peer Ambassador Program is a team of dedicated, knowledgeable, and friendly students who represent the San Diego Mesa College Career Center. Career Peer Ambassadors offer career readiness resources to current students and alumni via appointments and campus events.

Students can receive support on the services listed below:

   Resume Review Icon                     Cover Letter Icon                       Interview Icon                Job Searching Icon

Resume Writing     Cover Letter Writing       Interview Preparation       Job Searching

Meet with a Career Peer Ambassador

Students can schedule their appointments with a Career Peer Ambassador at their convenience through Handshake. Appointments are offered in-person, virtual on Handshake, and email throughout the semester. Students are highly encouraged to create a Handshake account to see all available appointment dates and types. Click here to view step-by-step instructions on how to book an appointment on Handshake.

Students needing further assistance can contact the Career Center with their name and CSID # by phone (619-388-2777), email at mesacareer@sdccd.edu, or visit us on the 3rd floor of the Student Services bldg. (I4-306)

Career Peer Ambassador Team

Career Peer Ambaasador - Jose

LEAD CAREER AMBASSADOR, 

JOSE ORTEGA '22

PRONOUNS: HE/HIM/HIS

CONTACT: JORTEGA@SDCCD.EDU

Jose graduated from San Diego Mesa College with an Associates Degree for Transfer in Mathematics in the Spring of 2022. Jose is currently in his second to last quarter at the University of California San Diego, majoring in Cognitive Science with Specialization in Design and Interaction. Jose would like to continue his education in a direction that would lead him towards being a quality graduate of UCSD. The support at Mesa for students is immensely appreciated and Jose is grateful for every single part of it. He is excited to be a part of the Career Ambassador team for a third year to continue helping out students reach their Career goals. He is excited to make an effort to keep expanding the community Mesa has been building so eloquently over the years. 

Career Tip: Don’t be afraid to reach out. Focus on yourself. Remember it’s your journey and the only battle is you versus yourself.

 

Career Peer Ambassador - Ashley

LEAD CAREER AMBASSADOR, 

ASHLEY WELCH ‘22

PRONOUNS: SHE/HER/THEY

CONTACT: AWELCH@SDCCD.EDU 

Ashley graduated from San Diego Miramar College with an Associate’s Degree for Transfer in Psychology in the Spring of 2022. As of Fall 2023, she earned her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from San Diego State University. Ashley has a passion for service and community-building and hopes to explore this interest within her future endeavors. During her time as a student within the San Diego Community College District, she found Mesa to be an amazing place to develop academically and professionally. She loves being a part of the Career Center as a Career Peer Ambassador, giving students valuable resources as they establish career goals and pursue their next steps within the process. In her perspective, it is a privilege to be a part of the Mesa team that works hard to build an environment based around equity and excellence. 

Career Tip: Push yourself to be empathetic towards those around you and take time to validate yourself. We all have things we are trying to figure out so be patient with yourself and others.

 

Career Peer Ambassador - Kanika

LEAD CAREER AMBASSADOR, 

KANIKA LEE ‘23

PRONOUNS: SHE/HER/HERS

CONTACT: KLEE@SDCCD.EDU

Kanika is an international student currently pursuing an Associate of Arts in Economics at San Diego Mesa College. Embracing the identity of a "forever student," Kanika is enthusiastic about building on her academic foundations and her career readiness skill. Throughout her academic and professional journey at Mesa College, Kanika has received significant support that helped her network and embark on new challenges. As an active member of the Career Center, Kanika is excited about creating a welcoming atmosphere for her peers. She feels honored to be a Career Peer Ambassador and is dedicated to supporting her fellow students in strengthening their career competencies, fostering a sense of inclusivity, and warmth within the Mesa community.

Career Tip: Don’t let the unknown stop you from progressing. When you’re in a hard place or feel like you’re being challenged the most, believe in where you’re heading.

 

Career Peer Ambassador - Dorothy

CAREER PEER AMBASSADOR,

 DOROTHY LEE ‘24 

PRONOUNS: SHE/HER/HERS

CONTACT: DLEE001@SDCCD.EDU

Dorothy Lee is a student veteran currently pursuing an Associates Degree of Transfer in Psychology at San Diego Mesa College. As a non-traditional student, Dorothy hopes to break social constructs and the fear of being a returning student after a hiatus. She finds joy in meeting new people and aiding in the growth of students' personal and professional development. Dorothy is interested in establishing a career in the education system as a counselor, or working with adolescent patients in the medical field. She believes that career and school is never linear; that every new path that sprouts can always be taken as growth through opportunity. 

Career Tip: Network doesn’t always have to be at school or work events. The best time to network is meeting people you would never suspect - like the gym, groceries store, or even on vacation! 

 

Career Peer Ambassador - Brooke

CAREER PEER AMBASSADOR,

BROOKE WENGER ‘25 

PRONOUNS: SHE/HER/HERS

CONTACT: BWENGER@SDCCD.EDU 

Brooke is a student pursuing an Associate Degree for Transfer in Social Work at San Diego City College. During her first semester, Brooke found her calling to dedicate her academic and professional experiences to learning how to help those in her community. Brooke aspires to be a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of California and utilize her personal experience, advocacy work, and knowledge regarding mental health illness and recovery for the betterment of the lives of her peers. She believes that it is an honor to start this journey of achieving her life goals at Mesa College as a Career Peer Ambassador; Brooke feels that the learning valued life skills, employment preparation resources, and connections she has already gained while working at the Mesa Career Center have proved to be an invaluable privilege and gift.

Career Tip: If you’re not sure what you would like to do (or even if you do), keep all doors open! Take different classes, explore different career possibilities, and take this time to discover who you are and what you love to do.

The History of CAP

In 2018, San Diego Mesa College launched the Career Peer Ambassador Program, an innovative peer-to-peer learning community designed to enhance students' career readiness.

 

 

 

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