Introducing Peer Coaches: Mohamed Hassan

Hey there! My name is Mohamed Hassan, and I’m a senior double majoring in Political Science and Communication with a concentration in Narrative Journalism and a minor in Cinema. Originally, I’m from Egypt; however, I’ve lived in New York for the past nine years. I enjoy staying active; therefore, I’ve played various sports like Soccer, Rugby, Muay Thai, and Wrestling, among many others. On campus, I work as a Community Advisor in Silverstein, a RED Corps member, and a Communication Fellow. Also, I’m the Vice President of the Communication honoraryLamda Pi Eta.

 I’m elated to work as a Peer Career Coach at the Knowlton Center for the 2022-2023 academic semester. I have received tons of support from the Knowlton Center staff and career development advice that has opened countless doors for me. Working as a Peer Coach has been a goal of mine since Michele Doran informed me of the position during my sophomore year. I’m incredibly grateful for this opportunity because I love getting the chance to help others. Moreover, I find fulfillment in being able to impact someone positively by helping them feel confident about an application submission through editing their resume or assisting them in writing a cover letter. In addition to that, I enjoy being one of the first stops or contact points for students before they move on to Career coaches.  

To end, I would like to provide a few tips or advice I wish I had known earlier.

  1. Explore – Finding what you are passionate about and want to do for your career doesn’t always happen overnight. It requires a lot of self-reflection and self-awareness. As much as you can embrace the uncomfortableness of not knowing exactly what you want to do. However, make sure you start as early as possible and use the resources at your disposal. Vault and informational interviews are handy resources to help you learn more about different jobs and careers.
  2. Fail to plan, plan to Fail – Try to get in the habit of planning out your week, month, or semester. Planning is a valuable life skill that will help you thrive in any career you choose to pursue. For instance, I use Google Calendar to schedule all my classes and commitments to help me stay on track. In essence, make sure to figure out a system that works for you.
  3. Document tasks or work experiences – Get into the habit of writing down and reflecting on tasks or assignments you have worked on for internships, campus jobs, or even class. Doing so is incredibly helpful and will make your life so much easier when you write your resume and cover letter. While it might seem unnecessary or tedious, at the moment, you will have an abundance of material you can work with later on.
  4. Schedule an appointment – Finally, it goes without saying but make sure you visit the Knowlton Center and form relationships with the staff. I recommend making an effort to meet or get to know all of our Career Coaches because it will make for a more natural and productive conversation. You can also find me on the third floor of Burton Morgan on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11:30-1:30 pm and Fridays from 12 – 2:30 pm.

By Mohamed Hassan
Mohamed Hassan Peer Career Coach