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!

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...

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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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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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