Career Development Center


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!

April 8, 2015

So you’ve nailed the interview – what next?

Having a great interview with an employer might seem like enough to seal the deal – but it’s not! You can put yourself ahead of the pack by writing a thank you letter to your interviewer. It’s a very easy gesture that many young job-seekers overlook.

We have a few tips to make the most of this tool:

The thank you note should be your first priority post-interview – it should get to the interviewer within 24 hours. You can cover your bases by writing both a quick email and sending a note by snail mail. We recommend writing the note out in your car immediately after the interview is over and putting it in the mail on your way home.

Whatever you do, don’t write it ahead of time! Sometimes interviewees hand a thank you note to the interviewer before they...

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April 1, 2015

The day-to-day outfits of a college student might not fly in the workplace. Learn how to dress professionally and impress employers!

Your potential new boss is sizing you up the second you walk into that room. It’s super important to always dress like a professional and always dress to impress. Start with these tips, and then join us at our Get Dressed workshop on Thursday, April 2nd at noon in Johnson 104.


Dress the part

Make sure you’re playing the role of your future job. Whether it's at a law firm, an investment bank, a talent agency, a job in fashion or gig in the arts, know your audience and what is appropriate.

Know the types of professional dress

  • Executive/Business Formal: Suit or blazer with dress pants and dress shoes. Conservative dress with blazer or skirt suit appropriate for women, tie...
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March 25, 2015

Take advantage of all the career-building opportunities in this busy week!

Graduation and summer internship season is right around the corner, and the CDC is here to help you prepare for all of it. With the help of Greek Council and the Alumni Association, we’ve jam-packed Dress for Success Week with tools to help you get an edge in the world of work. We’ve got interview coaching, networking opportunities, LinkedIn help, and more. And every event you go to earns you tickets to get FREE professional clothing at the Dress for Success Boutique at the end of the week.

Here’s more info about all the great events this week:

LinkedIn Workshop – Monday, March 30th, 12:45pm-1:45pm in Fowler 112

The leading professional networking site has a lot to offer – it’s a tool for...

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March 25, 2015

Sophomores and First-Years – learn how to get the most out of your Oxy experience from experienced upperclassmen!

Now that your first or second year is coming to a close, it’s time to think about what your involvement at Oxy will look like for the rest of your college career. Student leaders from a variety of groups on campus will be hanging out and chatting with underclassmen on Branca Patio on Tuesday, March 31st, from 5:30pm to 7:30 pm. This is a great opportunity to learn more about how to be a leader on campus directly from students in an informal setting.

The areas our student leaders will be discussing include: Greek Life, Pre Law, Pre Health, Undergraduate Research, Internships, Community Engagement, OxyPreneurship, the Green Bean, the Admissions Office, the CDC Student Marketing Board, National Awards, ASOC Senate, Res Life, and Study Abroad. If...

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March 23, 2015

A senior student focuses on his strengths through CDC programs

Hi everyone!  My name is Scott Virshup.  I am a senior Economics major, Psychology minor from Cupertino, CA.  Besides my studies, I play on the Men’s Varsity Water Polo Team, I have a tutoring job, and I am a member of the Career Development Center’s Student Marketing Board.  Reflecting on my college experience before I graduate, I have realized the critical role that the CDC has played in helping me shape my academic and career goals, as well as gaining professional and leadership experience. 

In order to exemplify the increasingly important role of the CDC in my life, I would like to start with my first year at Oxy.  I had my first introduction to the CDC when they continuously flooded my new email address with...

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March 18, 2015

A student interested in public health lands an amazing opportunity with help from the CDC

Hello everyone! My name is Denzel Tongue. I am a sophomore sociology major and public health minor. I’m a member of the CDC’s Student Marketing Board and the Diversity Initiative Intern in Admissions Office. I am also involved with a variety of activities on campus including: Lacrosse, the Black Student Alliance, and the Dean’s Advisory Council. (Quite a bit, am I right?)

This year has been incredibly busy for me, and I’m loving every minute of it. I feel that one of the main reasons I have had the opportunity to access so many resources and opportunities has been my connection to the Career Development Center. When I was a freshman I took an early draft of my resume into CDC drop in hours not knowing what to expect. In the end I came out with a resume marked up so heavily...

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March 4, 2015

No plans to head Cabo or Miami this week? Put your free time to good use!

Pro tip: Use your break to set up an informational interview with a professional in a field you’re interested in. Informational interviewing is a non-threatening process of gathering information about possible career paths that you might not know a lot about. You can also use the interview to build your personal network and increase your chances of getting a job in the future.

Step  1: Finding and Contacting Your Interviewee

  • Ask people in your personal network (family, friends, roommates, neighbors, relatives, past employers, professors, etc) to connect you with people in the field you’re interested in. You can also check out Oxy’s online alumni directory or ask the CDC for recruiter...
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February 25, 2015

Distinguished Alumni share their advice for current students

Founded in 1894, the Board of Governors oversees the work of the Alumni Association to serve Oxy graduates. The CDC asked these Oxy grads to share a few words of wisdom with the student body. Flip through the slideshow below to see what they had to say.
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February 18, 2015

A first-year, first-generation student discusses how the CDC helped her focus her goals and find belonging at Oxy.

Ya’ll probably do not know me because I am a first-year here at Oxy.

My name is Veronica Hernandez and I am currently pursuing a career in Public Health. I am planning on majoring in UEP and minoring in Public Health. But, I have always had an interest in marketing and planning. Kinda all over the place.

I am also very, very lucky to be part of the CDC’s Student Marketing Board.

Because I’m only a first-year, I have not taken full advantage of what the CDC has to offer, but I will tell you about why I am not scared to move forward through my career at Oxy.

I found out about the Career Development Center during my stay at Oxy during the Multicultural Summer Institute (MSI). Dom, who was the Assistant Director at the ICC at the time, got to know me a...

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January 28, 2015

Lookout for the first InternLA/PDX info sessions this week

It’s that time of year again! We’re gearing up for InternLA/PDX, the CDC’s donor-funded summer internship program that places dozens of students at sites in LA and Portland every summer.

Attend an info session:

Thursday, 2/5 at 12pm in Fowler 302

Tuesday 2/10 at 4:30pm in Fowler 302

Wednesday 2/11 at 5:30pm in Fowler 302

We will also offer application training days and a “Resumania” resume-building day later in the semester.

This year, over 35 sites will host student interns. There are opportunities in six focus areas: Business & Entrepreneurship, Media & Entertainment, Visual & Performing Arts, Law & Policy, Social Services & Advocacy,...

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