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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!

March 19, 2013

"I would like to connect any Oxy student interesting in pursuing a career in naturopathic medicine with a naturopathic doctor who lives in their home state."

I went to Vassar College and earned a BA in BioPsychology. With my degree, I worked at NIH in the Laboratory of Sensorimotor Research for two years. Out of College, I thought I would like being a researcher, but I found that I really wanted to interact with people one-on-one, and not be so removed from them. I also had a hard time seeing myself advising people to take drugs with so many side effects, when I felt that many answers were to be found in nature and in changing one's lifestyle.  Thus, I applied and was admitted to the National College of Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM). I earned my ND degree in 1983 and have been a practicing naturopathic physician ever since.


Now, I work in a small clinic as a naturopathic doctor in St. Paul, MN. I treat people with many...

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March 7, 2013

WIMS Away Shadower at Huntington Memorial Hospital

Doctor Shriner was very organized, confident, knowledgeable, and explained herself well. While shadowing her at the hospital, she led a team made up of two resident doctors and herself. She is an effective leader, listens very well, and remains calm under pressure. After shadowing Dr. Shriner, it is apparent that her work as an infectious Disease and HIV specialist in the hospital and at her own private practice is rewarding. From observing her and other doctors, you can see the passion in the way that they handle their job and how they prioritize their patients' health. They love their job and clearly enjoy what they're doing. I definitely feel more motivated to pursue my academic endeavors because there is evidence that if you work hard and truly work towards what you...

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March 5, 2013

WIMS Away Shadower at NYC Department of Transportation

Interestingly, what makes Commissioner Sadik-Kahn such an effective commissioner for NYCDOT is her lack of patience, high expectations, and grit. The commissioner understands politics and the mechanics of the political machine, and not just any political machine, but the byzantine political machine of New York City. Though some critics have called the Commissioner’s leadership style “alienating,” it seems that the Commissioner inspires tremendous loyalty from her 55 Water Street cadre.

Urban policy and planning work requires a wide breadth of knowledge and objectivity. Though I was unfamiliar with many of the projects and issues DOT was dealing with, I found myself learning quickly and wanting to learn more. I particularly enjoyed learning about an issue in the office and then examining the issue in person outside the office.

A supporter of bike lanes and walkable cities, I was shocked when the ostensibly liberal and...

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March 5, 2013

WIMS Away Shadower at the University of Washington School of Public Health and Seattle & King County Public Health Department

Lawrie Robertson is a problem solver in whatever situation he finds himself in, from implementing his building's first emergency response plan to working to establish a South American coalition of Public Health schools. In Annie Phare, I saw a similarly friendly, driven, and creative person who was as able to communicate with a room full of police officers as she was a coalition of private citizens. Watching people problem solve everywhere we went enlivened me. No matter what system someone is a part of, there are bound to be issues, and observing different strategies of people striving to make their systems as efficient as possible is something I'll definitely take with me wherever I go.

Several recommendations stuck with me after the experience. First, find a good...

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February 11, 2013

"Only one person knows what you can and cannot do and that's you."

 

Oxy alum David Meltzer '90 tells current students and recent graduates about the determination, self-confidence, and preparation he needed to become CEO of Sports 1 Marketing and work with the biggest names in the industry.
 

 

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February 5, 2013

“The emphasis on critical evaluation and writing skills has served me well in my graduate studies”

Little did I know when I started as a Freshman in 1974 that one of my classes – The Greek Mind – would factor into my work as a Jungian psychologist many years later.  In fact, my entire experience at Oxy - both curricular and extracurricular – has continued to influence my career on many levels.  The emphasis on critical evaluation and writing skills has served me well in my graduate studies, culminating in my dissertation research on grief in divorce.  That, in turn, resulted in a recently published book on the same topic.  The breadth of coursework that I enjoyed, and along with it, the opportunity to discover my now deeply held passion in Analytic psychology is a direct result of the liberal arts [education I received] at Occidental College. Years later, I was thrilled to watch my son graduate from Oxy with a degree in Economics.  He is now employed as a Financial Analyst for Southern California Edison,...

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February 5, 2013

“Very smart, put together women!”

We loved having [Oxy students] here.  Very smart, put together women! We were able to take them to the most important meeting we’ve had in months, a big pitch to a technology company we want as a client. It was a successful meeting. I think there is value in [shadowing professionals because students] see what the real world is like. I tried to sprinkle in career advice during their visit.

- Jessica Keys, Strategies 360

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February 5, 2013

“I couldn't have done it without them!”

I started my internship search as most students would, searching on a database that Occidental subscribes to and finding positions that best fit my career interests.  Having never applied to a job other than miscellaneous part time summer jobs throughout high school, I approached the Career Development Center to ask for help. The advisers at the CDC helped me build a resume and cover letter from scratch that contained the appropriate content and was aesthetically pleasing to impress the creative advertising agency I was applying to. Needless to say, my application made a great impression and I received the position at the first company I applied to, a top advertising agency on Madison Avenue in New York City. The CDC helped me get “my reach” internship without having any experience working in the advertising field. I couldn't have done it without them! 

- Matthew Connelly '16

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February 5, 2013

“Oxy enables its best and brightest to get this exposure...”

Chris and Ben seemed to have a great learning experience during their visit to the School of Public Health. [After their visit,] our Director of Student Affairs remarked “We had a really good chat, and they were just such good people. I really, really enjoyed it.” I received similar [praise]  from several of our other senior staff. I believe this experience gave Chris and Ben a unique insight into what should guide their steps following graduation. It is wonderful that Oxy enables its best and brightest to get this exposure in their sophomore year.  I was left very impressed with both of them and enjoyed this opportunity to serve Oxy students.

- Lawrie Robertson ‘69
Assistant Dean for Administration
University of Washington School of Public Health
WIMS Away '12/'13

 

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February 5, 2013

“I feel so lucky to have broken into [this field] so early.”

I found out about [my  job through a career discussion on campus], after all, and it'd be great to pay it forward and to stop by campus again... Working [for Inline Translation Services, Inc] has been really great! It's given me a lot of insight... to figure out my future plans and build some basic office and management skills... I want to continue here for a few more years- after that I want to go to grad school, probably internationally, for translation, and either start building myself as a freelancer or work for the government. I really like this field and I feel so lucky to have broken into it so early. Otherwise, I'm just living in the area (Glendale) and figuring life out- it's been a lot of fun.

- Ariana Moseley ‘12
Translation Services Coordinator
Inline Translation Services, Inc.

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