Career Development Center


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 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.

Courtney Elaine Stricklin Burgan

Assistant Director of Employer Relations

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! 

Dominic Alletto
Career Counselor
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...
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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...

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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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July 30, 2014

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...

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July 23, 2014

"Fighting food waste, engaging the community, feeding the hungry, promoting food sovereignty, and creatively showcasing sustainability all at the same time. I was hooked."

It's a pleasantly warm afternoon in early June, and I bounce straight from work, head east on the 134, and cross the Arroyo Seco just in time for a sunset pick—a fruit pick, that is. As a Food Forward pick leader (in addition to my other intern duties), I have been invited to come and pick hanging globes of ripe yellow grapefruit from an abundant 50-year-old tree. The homeowners tell me that when they first moved in in the ‘60s, it was just a lil’ sprout; now, it’s crankin’ out fruit like a factory. Meeting me at the property is a group of feisty, gung-ho junior high school kids (plus moms) who have signed up to help. Within an hour and a half, we’ve plucked over 400 lbs of fruit (off only one tree!) that would have otherwise split open and...

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July 16, 2014

Phi Beta Lambda President Will Huang discusses his experience at the PBL National Leadership Conference In Nashville, Tennessee

Hello! My name is Will Huang; I’m a junior economics major and math minor from Orange County. This summer, I had the pleasure of attending the National Leadership Conference in Nashville on behalf of our Phi Beta Lambda (PBL) business chapter. Our attendance marked the first time Occidental College was ever represented at this annual gathering, and our large delegation (two people) was understandably excited and anxious in equal measure to join our brothers and sisters from across the nation.

The conference consisted of a series of workshops, competitions, and networking opportunities that tended to begin at agonizingly early hours (ok, like nine o’ clock, whatever). These ranged in topic from financial to interpersonal to dining etiquette. The two workshops...

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June 11, 2014

The CDC uses Storify to recap the '13-'14 school year and all the awesome things we did. Check it out!

The CDC has had a busy year with a lot of firsts and exciting events. We get nostalgic and look back at some of this past year's highlights using Storify. Scroll down to see what we were up to.



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May 8, 2014

44 interns announced in the newly expanded ILA & IPDX programs!

The CDC is excited to announce all of this year's InternLA and InternPDX interns. 44 students will be embarking on amazing learning experiences with Occidental partnership employers all around the Los Angeles and Portland areas. They were chosen from an incredibly strong applicant pool of 126 students and a total of 228 applications.

We at the CDC gives thanks to the faculty and staff who recommended these outstanding students and who worked hard to advise them.
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