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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 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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November 27, 2013

This Thanksgiving, Assistant Director for Career Counseling, Rita Soultanian has a few tips on when to show gratitude in your career.

As Thanksgiving nears, we’re reminded of the power of gratitude. Though, while we have a whole holiday to take time out and be grateful for family, friends, and turkey, we often don’t take enough time to show gratitude in our professional lives as well. Here’s a friendly reminder of all the times throughout your career when a little bit of thanks can go a very long way.

1. WHEN YOU MEET SOMEONE

People are busy, so if someone spends more than 20 minutes with you, whether it was for coffee, a professor, a family friend, or even a stranger, it’s appropriate to express thanks. It doesn’t take much to ask for a business card, and send a follow up email to thank someone for their time...

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November 20, 2013

With graduation ahead, a senior student gets excited about the future.

Morgan Mrohs is a senior student and a member of the CDC Student Marketing Board. This is part two of a two part series focused on varying perspectives of utilizing the CDC, as a first-year and as a senior.

I’m currently a senior at Oxy. What does that mean? It means I’m full of anxiety. I’m suddenly faced with the pressures of comps, finding a job, deciding on a career path, and saying goodbye to the safety of my comfortable college life. It’s a lot to process, to say the least. One day I put down my gallon of ice cream and trusty teddy bear, and collected myself. I made the decision to visit the Career Development Center for the first time. See, I was hesitant to do so because I thought going to the CDC would make graduation feel all too real. I believed...

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