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!

April 9, 2013

"our number one choice for recruiting"

For over fifteen years, Occidental College has provided our company with talented multilingual graduates, several of whom have become full-time employees after semester-long internships. The combination of solid liberal arts education and language skills resulting from study abroad programs makes Occidental College our number one choice for recruiting.

- Richard Paegelow
Managing Director
Inline Translation Services, Inc.

April 9, 2013

"Now I am loving my job and am excited about my future career."

Valerie Savior at the CDC helped me define my values and career interest. Additionally, she convinced me to get an internship and helped me get the perfect one helping Renee Dominique ‘91 at the Eagle Rock Center for the Arts with its annual art auction. That...

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April 4, 2013

WIMS Away Shadower at Gallatin Public Affairs

A career in public relations requires good people skills, or the ability to talk with and persuade many different types of people. The job also requires the ability to multi-task, as Anna Boone '06 told me that she was often working ten different projects at a time.

I loved the friendly atmosphere of the office and the fact that the office members frequently work together on projects. Being able to bounce ideas off of my co-workers (and just generally enjoy their company) would definitely be enlivening. I liked the strategic piece of the work at Gallatin; working with a client to create a plan for their public and governmental outreach strategy.  However I believe it could be draining to have to continually be “on” - presenting your best possible self to potential clients and constantly looking for networking opportunities. The experience also made me realize that I want to work for a cause I believe in.

The piece of...

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April 4, 2013

WIMS Away Shadower at Los Angeles Superior Court

During this job shadow, Judge Dennis Landin '77 gave us a great deal of his time and discussed the different cases and his life prior to law school. On my first day, I saw 5 hearings within 3 hours, which shows how fast-paced, yet thorough, everything is inside a courtroom. Since my host was a Superior Court judge at the Criminal Justice Center, I saw many cases that dealt with drug abuse and a trial involving an assault with a deadly weapon. Judge Landin provided us the opportunity to speak with Judge Yvette Palazuelos at the civil courthouse, who encouraged public service law for women. From her personal experience, corporate law demands more time from its lawyers, which prevents one to spend time with her children and other personal obligations. Although corporate law comes with a...

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April 2, 2013

WIMS Away Shadower at Huntington Memorial Hospital

The insight that I have into my career interest by participating in WIMS Away is that I now have a better idea of what a doctor’s daily life is like. I am now aware of the time commitment, the responsibility, and the sacrifices of a doctor. This experience has made me want to pursue a career in medicine because I realized that this career is very rewarding in terms of the impact that you have on people’s lives.

Dr. Shriner recommended that we look into the preceptorship program at Huntington Memorial Hospital in order to gain further in-depth experience alongside doctors. I plan to look into the program and apply in the near-future.

- Cecilia Miranda '15

Huntington Memorial Hospital

Kim Shriner '80, M.D. F.A.C.P., Infectious Diseases, HIV...

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April 2, 2013

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

I had the opportunity to shadow both Annie Phare and Lawrie Robertson in their public health professions. Annie works as the project manager for the Target Zero campaign in King County, which seeks to reduce the number of traffic related injuries and fatalities in Washington State to zero by 2030. I also learned about the challenges of Annie’s job such as creating policy that affects the largest populations and working within resource constraints.    

The most distinct aspect of the work environment at Public Health- Seattle and King County was the interdisciplinary nature of all the work done in the offices. There were doctors, biostatisticians, financial analysts, epidemiologists, civil engineers, police officers and social workers all working together to...

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April 2, 2013

"I was immediately impressed by Emily’s enthusiasm and thoughtful questions, and I would expect no less from an Oxy student!"

When I started my first internship in politics nearly ten years ago, I quickly learned the importance of mentors and connections. When I heard about Occidental’s alumni job shadow program, I was happy to share my experience with a current Oxy student – I would have loved to do the same when I was in school!

Emily was selected to shadow at my company, Gallatin Public Affairs, because of her interest in communications and politics. We are a public affairs firm with offices in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. At Gallatin, I have the opportunity to work on big issues that impact public life, and to practice my trade alongside former reporters, press secretaries and senior aides to elected officials.

I was immediately impressed by Emily’s enthusiasm and thoughtful questions, and I...

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April 2, 2013

WIMS Away Shadower at Mike Mathis Productions

I was very impressed and reassured by Mike's business tactics—he doesn’t run his business like the angry boss archetype Meryl Streep does in “The Devil Wears Prada.” Instead, he communicates with each of his employees according to their individual personalities to ensure that they continue to stay motivated to produce excellent works and that the office environment always remains peaceful. I hope that someday I too can participate in a career setting so built of passionate, cooperative, and enthusiastic individuals.

I know now that I want to continue to be consistently challenged in a similar way to how I am at Oxy. From this experience I learned that for my future job to be most satisfying, it will have to combine this ideal social work environment with...

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March 21, 2013

I would like to support Oxy students by offering individual mentoring .

Undergraduate: Bachelor of Fine Arts, California State University-Fullerton with an emphasis on Environmental Design

Graduate: Master of Architecture, University of Colorado, Denver 

I pursued my curiosity and diverse personal interests while strategically exploring employment opportunities. I worked in the design arts field throughout my schooling and followed pathway that began with the general design interests and became increasingly targeted towards architecture.  I sought environments that inspire with exposure to the people and situations that understand excellence and reward it.

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) is a government agency that owns, manages and develops facilities ranging from federal buildings, courthouses, ports of...

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March 20, 2013

"Be prepared for new things that come. Be intellectually interesting and curious."

Alexander Candia '04 speaks briefly on his experience in the advertising world, and urges current Oxy students to work hard and step outside their comfort zone.



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