Visiting the CDC: A First Year Perspective
First-year student Melissa Pappas finds out the Career Development Center isn't so scary after all.
Melissa Pappas is a first-year student and a member of the CDC Student Marketing Board. This is part one of a two part series focused on varying perspectives of utilizing the CDC, as a first-year and as a senior.
Oxy Confession: The CDC is not scary. In fact, it is very helpful. And I am a first-year.
Because I just started college three months ago, it may seem ridiculous and over-ambitious to start thinking about life after graduation. From watching my two older siblings go through college and end up with good jobs, I have learned that preparing early for the future is critical. Although I have an idea of what career paths interest me, I do not know the best ways to get there. That is what Occidental’s Career Development Center is for.
With their resources, including specific appointments for help writing a resume, reading over an application, setting up an effective LinkedIn profile or just chatting about future aspirations and their weekly walk-in hours, they are ready to help anyone at Oxy, even the first-year students who may feel like the CDC is scary and intimidating.
However, I am a first-year student who can prove the opposite; I survived the CDC. Last Friday morning, I walked confidently into the bottom floor of the Johnson Student Center, where I believed the CDC was located, prepared for my first CDC appointment. After searching the entire area and not finding the “Walkens Accepted” signs, I asked the OSL desk secretary for help and she directed me to the real CDC, in the AGC Administrative Building. Although weekly walk-in hours are done in the JSC at “The Career Corner”, the main offices are located on the bottom floor of the AGC. By this time, I was late for my meeting; my phone was buzzing in my hand: “CDC Appointment at 10:30”. I was getting anxious, thinking that I would get looked down upon for getting so lost and being late for my first meeting. But I was silly to feel that way. Upon entering into the actual CDC office, I was greeted by a smile and welcome from Ananda, the CDC's coordinator and marketing manager (she also advises the Student Marketing Board). I checked in with her and was then introduced to my counselor for my meeting.
My appointment with Rita, one of the CDC’s enthusiastic and knowledgeable counselors, did not feel like a formal meeting, but rather like a casual chat with a friend. However, as relaxed I became, the information and content within our discussion was meaningful and important. We discussed my future aspirations, to work in marketing in Hollywood, but more importantly, the ways, as a first-year, I can get involved on campus to help me to reach my goal. She advised me to begin thinking about my values, interests and skills because those are the three most important components to finding a fitting job. The CDC offers many ways to figure out how you fit into those three categories and to find jobs that match how you think, work and feel.
By the end of our chat, I had learned a lot about the CDC and about the best on-campus activities to get involved in, but most importantly, I learned that the CDC is a place that need not be feared and should be taken full advantage of by all students on this campus, no matter their year.
- Phone: (323) 259-2623
- Fax: (323) 341-4900
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Address: AGC 109
1600 Campus Road
Los Angeles, CA 90041 & The Career Corner JSC 134
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