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 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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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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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 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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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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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

“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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