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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!

November 13, 2013

First-year student Melissa Pappas finds out the Career Development Center isn't so scary after all.

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


Oxy Confession: The CDC is not scary. In fact, it is very helpful. And I am a first-year.

Because I just started college three months ago, it may seem ridiculous and  over-ambitious to start thinking about life after graduation. From watching my two older siblings go through college and end up with good jobs, I have learned that  preparing early for the future is critical. Although I have an idea of what career paths interest me, I do not know the best ways to get there. That is what Occidental’s Career Development Center is for.


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November 11, 2013

Last Monday, 40 students turned out to Dumke Commons to learn about the tech industry

At Tech Industry Night, cosponsored by the CDC and OxyPreneurship, 7 employers from top tech companies came to meet and recruit future employees from Oxy’s intelligent and ambitious student body.

Before the event, participating students attended a training to find out what to expect and learn how use the experience to their advantage. At Tech Night training, students learned to research the companies that would be present, how to write a targeted resume, how to dress casually while acting professionally, and even how to give a good handshake. After the training, the students said they felt prepared to wow the employers.

To kick off the evening on Monday, representatives from Dropbox, Laserfiche, Google, thrdPlace, Melon, Yammer/Microsoft, and CPO Commerce spoke on a panel...

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November 6, 2013

Valerie Savior, one of Oxy's pre-law advisors, has the hard questions to ask oneself when considering a career in this difficult field.

Do you know how many once pre-health-bound students come to the CDC seeking advice about law school?  More than you'd think.  One could argue that students who make this shift possess a mind-set that is attracted and well-suited to both medicine and law, but I think the reason is a bit more troubling…..I suspect that students and parents alike don’t realize how many professionalized, gainfully paid job options are available to liberal arts graduates.  I don’t know how many occupational job titles are in the US, but Wiki Answers tells me 30,000.  30,000! This issue of students blindly seeking interest in the law is not unique to Oxy, it's nationwide.  In fact two years ago on Georgetown’s Law campus, a...

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November 4, 2013

The CDC's Assistant Director for Employer Relations, Courtney Stricklin, talks about Oxy’s upcoming 1st Annual Tech Industry Night – a networking event introducing Oxy students to 7 great companies from the technology sector. 

The CDC is excited to be introducing new programming for sectors of interest to our students and thus is incredibly proud to present Tech Industry Night.

Companies scheduled to attend include Dropbox (the internet site that allows you to store and share photos, docs and videos), Laserfiche (the digital document imaging and management solution for business) Google (really, do I need to say what they do?)...

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October 30, 2013

The CDC offered 25 different events and programs in October!

During the month of October, the Career Development Center hosted over a dozen employers looking to recruit Occidental students. Off-campus recruiters included nonprofits like CollegeSpring, a tutoring service for low-income high school students, and companies like Payden & Rygel, one of the largest global independent investment management firms in the US. In addition, our Getting to the Corps event gave the 70 students in attendance the opportunity to network with representatives from gap year service programs. Graduate programs like the CSULB Masters in Sports Management, as well as...

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October 23, 2013

WIMS Away is BACK!

The application process has begun for sophomores who want to walk in the shoes of a professional in his/her career field over winter break. Hosts will provide Occidental students with 2-3 days of career exposure to learn what they do, how they do it, and why. Participation in WIMS will provide a behind-the-scenes view of a profession and the opportunity to begin building a network within the field.

Past WIMS participants say that the experience opened their eyes to the nuances of work in many professional environments, from the LA Superior Court, to Huntington Memorial Hospital, to Microsoft. WIMS Away is the perfect way for students to see the direct application of their education in a variety of careers, as well as “try on” a job before choosing a career path. Apply now!


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October 11, 2013

Every year, more and more students are interested in pursuing a fulfilling gap-year experience after graduation.

At the “Getting to the Corps” event on Monday, October 7, 70 students turned up to learn about opportunities in service, education, health, and activism. Recruiters and former participants from City Year, the Lutheran Volunteer Corps, Teach for China, HealthCorps, Teach for America, and JusticeCorps were in attendance to speak directly to students about their organizations. Our guests first answered questions about their organizations’ missions and unique opportunities, including international travel, post-program career paths, and other perks like loan deferment and educational stipends. Then, in a “speed networking” round, students were given the opportunity to speak directly with the representatives from three organizations of their choice for 20 minutes each.

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October 3, 2013

Five Oxy students and two alumni take on business and entrepreneurship in Boston

In June 2013, five Oxy students and two newly minted 2013 grads were funded by the Office of the President and the generous donations of Trustees and alumni to partake in The Fullbridge Program.  Fullbridge bridges the gap between undergraduate education and careers in finance, business and entrepreneurship through its intensified learning program. Fullbridge is like smashing the first year of business school into four weeks. Participants complete over 100 exercises and simulations to gain proficiencies in: business research; analysis; financial analysis; valuation; project and time management; creative problem solving; working in teams; and effective oral and written communication. The students submitted reflective essays, journals, and thank you letters to their donors...

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August 29, 2013

Ambitious young Austin searches for the Career Development Center...

August 7, 2013

"The word you won't hear at Oxy is 'no'."

“The word you won’t hear at Oxy is 'no'. Oxy is an environment where you can literally pursue all of your interests and passions while finding your niche. With a focus on learning both within and outside of classes, Oxy promotes exploration and development,” so says Shelby King, A 2013 major in Economics with an emphasis in Public Policy and minors in Politics and Philosophy who embarked on her career planning her first year: “I have always wanted to attend law school and to work in the government, and my experience at Oxy has been the solidifying force in that decision.”

Shelby focused her coursework at Oxy specifically on her passions of public policy, law, and music. From learning about the immigration debate in her home state of Arizona...

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