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!

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...

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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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April 30, 2013

WIMS Away Shadower at Microsoft

Our first host at Microsoft, Eric Jaffe, demonstrated a very prepared and organized process of thought, an ability I noticed when sitting in on his business meetings. Eric works in the human resources department and during the meetings I attended he was attempting to set up a plan with co-workers on how to advertise and market in a meaningful way the benefits of being a Microsoft employee at the NEO (New Employee Orientation). Eric seemed to have prepared mental notes of all his goals and questions for the program prior to the meeting, because once the meeting began he seemed very driven; he presented himself in a way that showed he had a came to the meeting with a purpose. This not only shows his preparation abilities, but his organization skills as well. My second host, Scott...

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April 18, 2013

WIMS Away Shadower at Grey Advertising

Tor demonstrated his leadership skills, his ability to relate to his employees, and his charisma, which all  help him when managing around 1000 employees. In addition, although very busy Tor handled every meeting very diplomatically and gave his attention to many details, never accepting less than perfection. He was very nice and I have a great experience shadowing him.

I really enjoyed seeing everyone working both together and separately on projects. Each client gets assigned a group of people, creatives and account managers, who work on the client's brand. I loved the quick-paced and creative environment of the office.  Everyone I talked to agreed that no day was ever the same. Through this experience, I learned that I want to work in a very similar...

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April 18, 2013

"Valerie Savior in the CDC helped me tremendously with my law school application journey."

My name is Aja Sanneh and I am a senior, economics major at Oxy. My commitment to academics and engaging in leadership opportunities at Oxy have helped prepare me for law school, along with the help of the Valerie Savior in the CDC.

Taking advantage of my liberal arts education has been critical to my personal growth. Because I walk from art to economics to english class, I have learned to think in different ways, speak different languages, problem solve with a variety of tools, and work with my peers from all academic backgrounds. Additionally,  my experience as the student representative on the Board of Trustees Academic Affairs Committee has deepened my understanding and commitment to academics at Oxy. My roles in student government and student clubs, such as the president of...

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April 11, 2013

"the work of the CDC is greatly appreciated!"

I want to thank the CDC for all the hard work it puts into creating internships for us students, and for preparing us for the real world. Every time I meet with a member of the CDC team, I feel more prepared and confident in my professional development. It's so important as students that we have mentors dedicated to readying us for the workforce. In particular, I found this week's information sessions on InternLA  very insightful--so thank you, the work of the CDC is greatly appreciated.

- Lillian Krovoza ‘15

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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.