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!

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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April 23, 2014

Tell us about your summer job, internship, or travel experiences with the hastag #oxyatwork

We know that Oxy students' great work doesn't end on the last day of classes, and the CDC wants to hear about your summer experiences! No matter what you're doing to further your career this summer - interning at a nonprofit, volunteering abroad, landing your first full time job, anything! - tell us on social media.

Use the hashtag #OxyAtWork on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Pintrest to fill us in about your summer. If you're not on social media, email us at We want pictures, videos, stories - anything about your summer plans!

Everyone who uses the hashtag will be entered to win a prize at the beginning of the fall semester!

Please note that if you have a...

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April 11, 2014

Still wondering what you'll be doing this summer? Check out some of these last-minute options.

1. E-Summer 

E-Summer is a dual-focused program that combines academic training and experiential leadership through two weeks of on-campus preparation and debriefing, sandwiching part-time unpaid summer internships with entrepreneurial organizations. Through E-Summer, you'll be given the chance to delve into the entrepreneurial community and form lasting relationships, as well as glean the sort of lessons that can only be learned on the job. Housing and meals are provided for on-campus components. Apply online via TigerLink.

2. The LA County Arts Internship Program

The Los Angeles County Arts Internship Program provides 10-week paid...

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March 19, 2014

Hoping to get ahead in your job search? Eager to impress potential employers? Looking for the perfect interview outfit? Then this may be your favorite week of the year.

Dress for Success Week is upon us, March 24-31, and the CDC's Courtney Stricklin is here to tell you all that you can get out of this week of great events!

During Dress for Success Week you’ll be able to:

  • Practice for the perfect interview
  • Create an effective LinkedIn profile
  • Get FREE professional clothes*
  • Have a professional picture taken
  • Get insider knowledge on upcoming recruiters
  • Network and impress potential employers

*Remember, the more DFSW programs you take advantage of, the more clothes you earn at the boutique so don’t miss anything!

Interview with a Tiger: Tuesday, March 25th

Dress for Success Week kicks off with our great mock interview program....

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