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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!

August 1, 2013

"I left Oxy completely relieved and happy about my future..."

Entering the spring semester of my junior year at Oxy, I was racked with the insistent need to find a summer job. I live in Chico, a wonderful, small town in Northern California that unfortunately provides few job and internship opportunities. Like many of my experiences at Oxy, potential fell into my lap – the Career Development Center kicked off a pilot OXY-PDX (Occidental-Portland) internship program that same spring that corresponded with my interests in the non-profit field. Although I had never been to Portland, I took a chance and applied to several internships.

The Career Development Center had helped edit my resume, and once I was accepted to the program of my choice, the CDC led a training seminar that prepared all the accepted interns for our future work. The training was clear,...

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June 27, 2013

The Career Development Center thanks all of the great employers we have been working with. Our growth would not be possible without them and we are excited to continue to strengthen these relationships in the coming years. Along with our appreciation, Assistant Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, Brett Schrader, details the future of the CDC.


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June 13, 2013

Via the Student Voices blog, Sarah Sterling '13 speaks on her experiences with the CDC.

We were a bit late to notice her entry on the Student Voices blog, but we were excited to read what Sarah Sterling '13 had to say regarding her use of the Career Center this past semester.

Checkout what she had to say here!

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June 7, 2013

"The CDC's advice has enabled me to articulate the professional relevance of my study abroad and research experience..."

I have had the unique and wonderful opportunity to engage with the CDC from a number of angles. I attended a workshop run by Valerie Savior, the Director of the CDC, during Resident Adviser training before my sophomore year, which inspired me to utilize the Center as much as possible. I began communicating with Valerie regularly, in person and over e-mail, regarding resumes, cover letters, and my desire to intern in Washington, D.C. the following summer. Since, the CDC's advice has enabled me to articulate the professional relevance of my study abroad and research experience, while providing invaluable resources regarding professional protocol. I have continued to confer with various CDC staff members regarding my job search, constructing a post-college path, and improving my LinkedIn...

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May 23, 2013

WIMS Away Shadower at the US Department of Commerce

My experience with WIMs away included two job sites, with Mohamed R. Badissy at the U.S. Department of Commerce's Office of the General Counsel Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) and Kera Bartlett at The Clearing. At The Clearing, I learned about what business consulting is and came to understand what Ms. Bartlett does as a consultant. Her job requires her to play a teaching role, helping businesses create better group dynamics and work efficiently toward their goals. The office environment is very open, innovative, and seemed very graphics oriented. She suggested several ideas for distinguishing a resume for applications to internships or jobs. The Clearing’s perspective series presentation was really interesting and I learned about Pecha Kucha, which is something I’d never even...

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May 21, 2013

"Valerie in the CDC was especially helpful as I approached a shifting journalism job market..."

My name is Mirin Fader, and I am a senior, English and Comparative Literary Studies Major at Oxy. Sports (particularly basketball) and writing are my passions. At first glance Division III Oxy might not seem like the place for an aspiring sportswriter. It does not attract big-time Division I recruits and does not have sports media present at varsity games or practices. But my liberal arts education from Oxy taught me how to write creatively.

I was the men’s basketball beat writer for Oxy’s athletics website ( my junior and senior years, where I wrote game stories for all home and away games in addition to features articles, traveling with the team across Southern California. In a small-school environment, I had...

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May 7, 2013

"I can offer guidance as to whether a career in law suits them and how best to prepare themselves for law school and for a legal career."

My academic background consists of an undergraduate degree from Stanford University in English and a Juris Doctor degree from Boston College Law School. I knew throughout college that I wanted to attend law school. There is no specific undergraduate pre-law degree at most colleges that would prepare a student for law school. In my case I was an English major but took almost as many history courses as I did in my major. Both were good preparation for the writing and analytical requirements of studying law.  Any degree that trains a student in analytical skills is good preparation, including math or engineering. Political science is another popular degree among people who apply to law school.

After graduation from law school I took the California Bar and then moved to Washington DC, where I practiced with a private law firm for about a year and a half, then moved to the US Department of Energy, where I worked in the General Counsel’s...

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May 7, 2013

"I am available as an advisor to students interested in business leadership roles"

I earned my Bachelor in Business degree at the University of Washington and my MBA at the Harvard Business School.  I worked for several years at a Big-4 CPA firm between these programs.  Following my MBA studies, I performed financial and marketing roles in a variety of businesses, where I helped achieve first earnings in younger businesses and revitalized financial performance in established businesses.  I am currently serving as CFO at MeteorComm Wireless, a provider of purpose-built wireless networks to governments and business.  I have served on several boards and is currently a board member and committee chair at People for Puget Sound, a Seattle-based environmental non-profit.

As a proud Oxy parent, I’m especially pleased with my Oxy daughter’s relationships with her major’s professors.  I don’t believe she would have gotten the same level of individual attention and opportunity to support...

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May 2, 2013

WIMS Away Shadower at the Los Angeles Superior Court

I had never been in a courtroom before and I had little knowledge of the court system. This experience has made me realize that law is something that I really want to do. I’ve considered going to law school before this experience but this just affirmed my interest in a career in law. This experience has also opened my mind to the possibility of becoming a judge, a thought that had never occurred to me beforehand. Judge Landin advised us on types of classes to take and ideas on what to do once we start our career.

- Nancy Valdez

Superior Court 

Dennis Landin '77, Judge




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April 30, 2013

WIMS Away Shadower at Strategies 360

The three employees at Strategies 360 are very outgoing, diplomatic, straightforward and assertive. They know how to ask to get things done in a kind and effective way, which is crucial in a field where having connections and utilizing them to help clients get what they want is the cornerstone to the company. I had always assumed that working with state level politics would be the same as federal, and it turns out it is on a much more intimate level. This led me to desire to work on the federal level, because I was not so excited about work on such a small scale. After this experience, I am driven to use my skills in the same format that the employees at Strategies 360 do, but on a different level and with different issues. It motivated me to research careers in international...

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