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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 30, 2014

This month, InternLA/PDX showed off at the Reverse Career Fair and Google invaded campus for a day.

The CDC has had a terrific start to the new school year. With new programs like extended drop-in hours and Google Day, and the return of great programs like the Reverse Career Fair, we started the year with a bang.

At the Reverse Career Fair on September 4th, over 80 students turned out to hear about their peers’ experiences in the InternLA/InternPDX program. The interns presented about their summers at over 30 different job sites, in areas ranging from cancer research to museum curation. Attendees were treated to engaging posters, dioramas, and great stories. The CDC recognized the interns for their outstanding efforts, awarding  “Best Display” to Sara Samaha, “Best Audience Engagement” to Emiko Schwab, “Best Presentation to Daniel...

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September 23, 2014

Wondering what the CDC is all about? Check out this handy video!

 

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 and...

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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 of...

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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 academic...
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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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