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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!

February 26, 2014

With graduation just around the corner for the Class of 2014, Rita Soultanian, Assistant Director of Career Counseling, tells students how to craft a killer resume for the real world.

This article was originally posted on The Choice Blog.

A lot of students who are preparing to enter the job market soon have had the same resume for years, maybe since high school, and have only made additions to it based on internships or volunteer experiences.  When you start applying for jobs, though, you may find that some of the information on it needs to be rebooted.  After-school jobs from your high school days may no longer be relevant, where you went to high school doesn’t matter much after college and you may need to sift...

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February 19, 2014

In honor of our annual speed networking event, Rita Soultanian, Assistant Director of Career Counseling, answers some common about networking and offers advice about building a network of your own.

This article was originally posted on The Choice Blog.

What exactly does “networking” mean? 

Networking means building and cultivating relationships. Often, it’s easy to forget that it’s about adding value to a relationship that counts, whether it be asking a question and receiving advice, or giving information that could be useful to the other party. You, like many students, may feel you don’t have much to contribute,a especially in the budding stages of a professional relationship, but it’s important to remember that down the line, you’...

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February 14, 2014

The CDC hosts many amazing guest speakers every semester that provide students with wider perspectives on career options and advice for the world after Oxy.

This month, we were delighted to host two dynamite speakers. 

On February 3rd, entrepreneur and philanthropist Erin Michelson spoke to 20 students on her experience traveling to over 60 countries and helping individuals all over the world. Erin is creating a movement of likeminded people who are forming a global community of “Adventure Philanthropists.” She promotes her philosophy through her blog, www.GoErinGo.com, and her book, Adventure Philanthropist: Great Adventures Volunteering Abroad, which chronicles her adventures volunteering with organizations on all 7 continents. She inspires and motivates everyone she meets to make philanthropy a part of their lives.

Less than a week later on February...

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February 7, 2014

A job shadowing experience sparks newfound motivation

This past winter break, Occidental students participated in the Walk In My Shoes (Away) program, shadowing professionals at 29 sites in 6 states. Hosts provided participants with 2-3 days of career exposure to learn what they do, how they do it, and why. Students got a behind-the-scenes view of a profession and the opportunity to begin building a network within the field.

Read more about WIMS Away here.

We’re showcasing a few students’ experiences with WIMS Away over the next few weeks. Summer Peet ’16 tells us how her time at a public health department inspired her to pursue her career goals.

My time spent at the Seattle and King County Public...

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February 7, 2014

2 cites. Over 35 internship sites. 1 amazing summer experience.

The Intern LA and Intern PDX programs are back! Last summer, paid student interns worked full-time at sites in Los Angeles and Portland ranging from publishing companies, to activist groups, to art galleries. With the successful launch of the program and with the continued support of the College, we are thrilled to continue to expand, bringing on additional sites of interest to Occidental students. This year, summer internships will be available at over 30 companies and organizations in the areas of arts & entertainment, business & entrepreneurship, law & policy, science & research, social services & advocacy, and media & technology. Detailed information about all the internship sites can be found on TigerLink.

To learn...

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January 31, 2014

A student interested in medicine discovers a possible career path

This past winter break, Occidental students participated in the Walk In My Shoes (Away) program, shadowing professionals at 29 sites in 6 states. Hosts provided participants with 2-3 days of career exposure to learn what they do, how they do it, and why. Students got a behind-the-scenes view of a profession and the opportunity to begin building a network within the field.

Read more about WIMS Away here.

We’re showcasing a few students’ experiences with WIMS Away over the next few weeks. Emily Applewhite ’16  shares the story of her unexpected look into the world of dermatology in today’s entry.

For the past five years, whenever...

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January 29, 2014

Exploring the unique and exciting world of advertising, hands-on

This past winter break, Occidental students participated in the Walk In My Shoes (Away) program, shadowing professionals at 29 sites in 6 states. Hosts provided participants with 2-3 days of career exposure to learn what they do, how they do it, and why. Students got a behind-the-scenes view of a profession and the opportunity to begin building a network within the field.

Read more about WIMS Away here.

We’re showcasing a few students’ experiences with WIMS Away over the next few weeks. Today, Edmond Quan '16 tells us about an average day at a pharmaceutical advertising agency.

If I could say anything about my three days of shadowing at Giant, I would...

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January 24, 2014

A DWA major gets the inside scoop on two very different career paths

This past winter break, Occidental students participated in the Walk In My Shoes (Away) program, shadowing professionals at 29 sites in 6 states. Hosts provided participants with 2-3 days of career exposure to learn what they do, how they do it, and why. Students got a behind-the-scenes view of a profession and the opportunity to begin building a network within the field.

Read more about WIMS Away here.

We’re showcasing a few students’ experiences with WIMS Away over the next few weeks. In this entry, Mackenzie Wright ’16 explores careers with Aaron Resnick at INOVA Hospital, and Jessie Evans at the State Department Bureau of Conflict...

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January 22, 2014

One student learns first-hand what it takes to be successful in the music industry

This past winter break, Occidental students participated in the Walk In My Shoes (Away) program, shadowing professionals at 29 sites in 6 states. Hosts provided participants with 2-3 days of career exposure to learn what they do, how they do it, and why. Students got a behind-the-scenes view of a profession and the opportunity to begin building a network within the field.

Read more about WIMS Away here.

We’re showcasing a few students’ experiences with WIMS Away over the next few weeks. This week, Divya Sarathy ’16 talks about her experience shadowing Robert Navarro of RA Audio, Inc.

 

“It’s that song...

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December 13, 2013

Things to do in-between eating and movie watching that may just help your future!

Sure Winter Break is great for stuffing yourself full of holiday treats, sleeping in as long you want, and binge watching all those TV shows you’ve been saving, but it’s also a perfect time to get a head start on a few career-related things. Don’t scramble at the end of Spring semester. Liselda Fabian, our Internship Coordinator, suggests 6 simple things to do over the break that will ensure you are ahead of the curve come job and internship time!

1) WORK ON YOUR RÉSUMÉ

Has it been awhile since you took a look at your resume? Spend some time and review and update your resume. If starting a resume is too daunting, start with creating an inventory of your accomplishments. This would be a...

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