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Check here often for the latest from Oxy students, parents, alumni, and Oxy employers, and to learn about all of the exciting happenings in the Career Development Center!

September 12, 2014

Ananda Dillon is the CDC Coordinator and responsible for all those clever CDC posters you see everywhere. Unless you saw one you don't love, in which case she had nothing to do with it. 

Name:
Ananda Dillon

Title:
Career Center Coordinator & Marketing Manager

Hometown:
Seattle/Sioux Falls, SD

In 6 words or less, what exactly do you do at the CDC?
Fix details and grab students' attention.

What was your favorite subject in school?
English and History in equal parts.

What's your favorite place in LA?
A tie between The Last Bookstore downtown, or the Queen Mary in Long Beach (the most haunted place in America!)

Favorite place on campus?
Top of the AGC steps as the sun goes down.

What did you study in your undergrad and where?
I studied Cinema & Broadcast Arts...

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September 11, 2014

Valerie Savior is the CDC's Director and cacti enthusiast, she's our go-to for career questions.

Name: 
Valerie Savior

Title:
Director/Pre-Law Advisor

Hometown:
New York, New York (and many years in Los Angeles)

In 6 words or less, what exactly do you do at the CDC?
Inspire, motivate, cajole students toward success

What was your favorite subject in school?
English

What's your favorite place in LA? 
Favorite place in LA, You have to be kidding!!! Okay, the top of Solstice Canyon in Malibu

Favorite place on campus?
The view...

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September 10, 2014

Liselda Fabian is the CDC's extraordinary Internship Coordinator and champion coffee drinker.

Name:
Liselda Fabian

Title:
Internship Coordinator

Hometown:
LA/East LA/ and finally settling in Bell Gardens, CA

In 6 words or less, what exactly do you do at the CDC?
Build connections and assist students

What was your favorite subject in school?
English; but with the caveat that I only enjoyed the creative writing aspect.

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September 9, 2014

Courtney Stricklin is the CDC's Assistant Director for Employer Relations. You've seen her name in your email inbox, now find out about her popcorn making skills.

Name:
Courtney Elaine Stricklin Burgan

Title:
Assistant Director of Employer Relations

Hometown:
Glendora, CA - home of Naked Juice, Donut Man, and me :)

In 6 words or less, what exactly do you do at the CDC?
Connect great employers with great students

What was your favorite subject in school?
My favorite subject throughout elementary, junior high, and high school was always Math, and then at Oxy it became Art.

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September 8, 2014

Dominic Alletto is the CDC's Career Counselor and high-five expert. He's also our most recent addition to the CDC pack. Newbies first! 

Name: 
Dominic Alletto
 
Title: 
Career Counselor
 
Hometown: 
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
 
In 6 words or less, what exactly do you do at the CDC?
Counsel-empower students to be awesome.
 
What was your favorite subject in school? 
Human Diversity in sociology.
 
What's your favorite place in LA? 
The Huntington gardens. Flowers, plants!!!
 
Favorite place on campus? 
Benches in the...
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September 2, 2014

This year, 43 students spent their summer working at dozens of job sites with InternLA and InternPDX – now they’re ready to share their experiences with you.

The students that landed internships in LA and Portland this summer are getting pumped for the 2nd annual Reverse Career Fair. This Thursday, from 5-7pm on Thorne Patio, the interns will share the experiences they had and the lessons they learned working full time at meaningful jobs. Come have a snack and learn about all the summer opportunities available through this great program!

The InternLA/InternPDX program, facilitated by the CDC, has expanded from just 5 job sites to over 30 sites in only two years. At the first Reverse Career Fair last year, the interns showed off what they’d learned to over 80 attendees with a wide variety of media including display boards, dioramas, and 3D sculptures. This year will be bigger than ever, with 43...

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August 28, 2014

Oxy Tigers had great summers this year! Check it out!

August 7, 2014

CDC Assistant Director for Employer Relations Courtney Stricklin sings the gospel of LinkedIn and why you should already be on it. 

Have you realized yet that you need a LinkedIn account? 

Need a couple more reasons why you should? 

First, 70% of employers have rejected a job applicant because of unprofessional information they found out about them online. On the other hand, 85% of employers say that a positive online reputation influences their hiring decisions on behalf of a candidate. So your Internet image matters! If that’s not enough, there are over 11,000 Oxy alumni using LinkedIn already, which is an incredibly active network that you could be taking advantage of.

Are you convinced? Great! Take advantage of the last weeks of Summer to finish your profile now, then you won’t be competing with time for studying and homework come Fall classes. And don’t...

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July 30, 2014

Scandal! Intrigue! Betrayal! Student Worker Keane Reveals All About Life In The CDC

              Hi, my name is Keane Tarrosa and I am a student worker for Oxy’s Career Development Center. I’m an economics major minoring in education and sociology and my current job title is Marketing Assistant (read: Hand to the Marketing Director). This morning, my boss, Ananda “A-Dilla” Dillon, asked me to write a blog post detailing why working in the CDC is so great. This is my second stint in the Career Center after working here twice over the past year and serving on the CDC’s illustrious Student Marketing Board. As I began writing, I asked myself what it is about this office that keeps drawing me back (although a more appropriate question might be how did I...

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July 23, 2014

"Fighting food waste, engaging the community, feeding the hungry, promoting food sovereignty, and creatively showcasing sustainability all at the same time. I was hooked."

It's a pleasantly warm afternoon in early June, and I bounce straight from work, head east on the 134, and cross the Arroyo Seco just in time for a sunset pick—a fruit pick, that is. As a Food Forward pick leader (in addition to my other intern duties), I have been invited to come and pick hanging globes of ripe yellow grapefruit from an abundant 50-year-old tree. The homeowners tell me that when they first moved in in the ‘60s, it was just a lil’ sprout; now, it’s crankin’ out fruit like a factory. Meeting me at the property is a group of feisty, gung-ho junior high school kids (plus moms) who have signed up to help. Within an hour and a half, we’ve plucked over 400 lbs of fruit (off only one tree!) that would have otherwise split open and...

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