Office of Career Services

Graphic designer // Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY

Peer Career Advisor Handbook

Client: Office of Career Services provides professional development resources and counseling to students at Ithaca College.


Target Audience: The Peer Career Advisors (PCAs) are student leaders employed to assist students in 1-1 drop-in sessions with resume and cover letter development, job search, interview, and grad school help.

Goal: I wanted to created a new guidebook for the PCAs that was engaging, well organized, and had a modern look. It would be used as a reference during drop-in sessions for quick help regarding procedures, career advice, and FAQs.

Experience: I had been a PCA for 3 years and observed that the previous guide looked dated, and was difficult to find information. During my entire time as a PCA, I had never desired to use the guidebook for help since it wasn’t user friendly, which defeats the whole goal of having a guide guide available. I wanted to combine all my career development knowledge with my passion for design. This was also a great opportunity to strengthen my layout and information design skills.

Process: I began by reviewing and annotating the original guide to decide what information to keep, rewrite, or remove. From there, I was able to regroup information and layout how I wanted to organize everything in the new guide based on what was prioritized and made sense in a logical order.I began sketching low fidelity layout ideas to see options to place all the information. I went through multiple iterations with the director of the PCA program to create the final guide.

Outcome: The guide successfully showcased all the information necessary to be a PCA. It was easy to read and sort each category of help.

Key skills: Information design, layout, graphic design

Final version of “Communication” page of career guide

Final version of “Communication” page of career guide

Before version of communication page in career guide (see redesign version above)

Before version of communication page in career guide (see redesign version above)

PCA Career guide
Elena Haskins Ithaca College Career Services