CDC Tell-All: Keane Tarrosa '15
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 trick my supervisors into rehiring me?). The first thing that came to mind was the work. Although some of the CDC’s visitors might guess that my work primarily consists of binge-watching episodes of Lost on Netflix, I actually do get to work on some meaningful and rewarding projects. Today I submitted a report to the CDC Director, Valerie Savior, in which I benchmark Oxy’s Career Services with those at other liberal arts institutions. Valerie will run the report by the school’s Assistant VP for Strategic Initiatives who will then bring it to President Veitch. And although I will not personally interact with Veitch, he will use the report to help determine the future of career services here at Oxy which means we are pretty much besties in office-speak. In addition to the report, I have also been privileged to help with staff meetings, TIGERlink, and Intern LA. The work in the CDC can be tremendously gratifying and is definitely one of the reasons I make the 8am trek to the office.
Another nice perk of working in the Career Center is that I am aware of all the awesome programming the office puts on. Every week there is a different CDC event, and the CDC staff works extremely hard to ensure that they put on events that can appeal to all Oxy students. Events from last spring include Dress for Success, a NASA tour, and an FBI info session. If you were to put a gun to my head and ask me the biggest mistake Oxy students make, the only reason I would hesitate to say not taking advantage of the CDC is because I would freak out and demand to know why you were threatening to kill me over such a trivial question. If I could give any advice to my first year self, it would be to stop by the CDC as early in the year as possible (jk it would be eat more Thai Eagle Rox). Even if the CDC is not putting on any events that speak to you, you should still schedule an appointment to go over your resume, get help picking a major, or even to recommend a different event we can program. Oxy invests a lot of resources to ensure that its students have the best career opportunities possible, and working in the CDC gives me a better understanding of what those opportunities are.
After spending the last two paragraphs pondering why working in the CDC is so great, the answer is clear. To put it in a word: coworkers. To put it in five words: coworkers, coworkers, coworkers, coworkers, coworkers. The wonderful staff in the CDC makes the real world office life seem much less daunting. From my aforementioned boss A-Dilla to my summer softball league teammate Courtney to my fellow student workers Allegria (A$AP Berg) and Natalie to all the other amazing people I share the office with, they make the 8-hour work day zoom by. Seeing them go above and beyond to help Oxy students has inspired me to pursue a career in higher education, and I would be ecstatic to one day have half as much of an impact on a student’s life as they have had on mine. It is both saddening and exciting to see Rita begin a new chapter at CalArts, and the office has gained a valuable resource and person in the newly hired Dominic Alletto. Spending the past two summers with the CDC’s remarkable staff has been one of the highlights of my college experience and I highly encourage other students to visit the office more often. I’m assuming that if you read all this, you’re either my mom, my boss, or some student that likes to peruse the CDC website for fun. Whichever you are, thank you for making it all the way through, and if you are in the latter category, come stop by the CDC. I promise it will be worth your time.
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