Career Services


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 Hameetman Career Center!

August 1, 2016

Here's Part I

A successful summer internship can be the key to starting your post-graduate career off with a bang. This post is Part II of a two-part series on how to ace your summer internship. This part gives you 5 behaviors to avoid in the workplace.

1) Don’t be an Office Slob

There’s no such thing as “your” space when you’re at the office. Even if you have an office or cubicle, it belongs to your employer. Keep it clean and tidy. No one wants to look at your mess. It also projects badly on you. The Senior VP of Sales can have a messy office because everyone knows she gets the job done. All anyone knows about you so far is that you have a messy office.


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July 29, 2016

Hi Andy, 

Great question. I could go on forever about what to do in your second year so I tried to hone my thoughts down into three points. 

1. Make a Sophomore Success appointment

Career Services actually has a focused appointment just for sophomores in which we discuss your interests and strengths and connect you to programs and...

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July 28, 2016

A successful summer internship can be the key to starting your post-graduate career off with a bang. This post is Part I of a two-part series on how to ace your summer internship. This part gives you five easy to follow to do’s.

1) Have Prepackaged Small Talk

In the workplace, there are few things more awkward than the silence that follows a conversation that has just died. Since most people aren’t going to point the finger at themselves, you’re the one who’s going to get labeled as socially awkward. Avoid this by having prepackaged small talk ready to go whenever there’s lull in the conversation.

Make a list of some low-stakes talking points. Weather and traffic are easy, but boring. Local sports or the Olympics are good options; you can probably get up to speed in a few minutes using the sports section of the local paper...

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July 15, 2016


Does your career choice have to relate to your college major? 


Hi Kelly,

Thank you for your question to #askoxycareers. I think that many students believe that their major has to relate to their career, but in fact Career Services has asked Alumni to see what careers they have entered into after Oxy. Our Majors in Motion infographics show that a person who, for example, majors in biology can become a lab technician or biology professor, but they can also go on to become a health educator or patent attorney. The picture below also shows how different majors can lead to different career paths. A significant amount...

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July 12, 2016

Cherena is a human resources and career services professional with a passion for helping students match their career interests with their dream job. 


Cherena Walker


Job title:

 Associate Vice president and Executive Director, Hameetman Career Center



Pasadena, CA


In 6 words or less, what exactly do you do at the HCC?

I lead the career services team and set the strategic direction for career services.


What was your favorite subject in school?



What’s your favorite place in LA?

I just moved to California from the east coast so I don't think I have seen enough of LA to give an adequate response. 


Favorite place on campus?

The Hameetman Career...

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July 11, 2016

Hi My name is Jacqueline Espinoza, but everyone calls me Jackie. I grew up in Cali and love the beach. I have two wonderful siblings, have a dog named Charlie and am a HUGE Dodger fan! 


Jacqueline (Jackie) Espinoza


Job Title:

I started Oxy about 6 months ago and my title is Career Counselor.



My hometown is Sylmar, CA. It is a small city, but the thing that I love the most is being so far away from the city that I can see the stars at night.   


In 6 words or less, what exactly do you do at the HCC?

Help students on their educational journey (that doesn't cover it, but I only had six words).


What was your favorite subject in school?

My favorite subjects were History and Art.


What's your favorite place in LA?

For a...

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June 14, 2016

About Monica Banken

Monica Banken is the Outreach Programs Coordinator for the RAND Corporation, responsible for the coordination and promotion of public and donor programs at RAND’s Santa Monica office that highlight RAND researchers and findings. She promotes RAND research to the California legislature, and serves as liaison to state and local elected officials and to the Consular Corps in Los Angeles, and works in business development for RAND Labor and Population. The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decision-making through research and analysis.

Ms. Banken has served in state and local government throughout her career. She worked as the Deputy Chief of Staff to Orange County Supervisor Janet Nguyen, and began her...

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February 17, 2016

Oxy Senior, Hayley Lew, describes her experience as an intern at the Los Angeles Zoo through InternLA.

As I lean against the exhibit’s railing with my clipboard in hand listening for the sound of a beep on my one-minute timer, giggling children run from window to window. In the corner of my eye, I spot a small crowd bubbling in excitement gathered around a zoo keeper, who is speaking into a microphone while pointing towards the nearest two apes, explaining the significance of the chimpanzees’ grooming patterns in relation to their social hierarchy. This described scenario was what a typical day at work through my eyes as an Observational...

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February 10, 2016

Oxy sophomore, Zhihan Zhang, describes her positive experiences with counselors and workshops at the HCC.

I have used the Hameetman Career Center since my first year at Oxy. First was an appointment with Valerie about my major and career prospects, during which she provided me with several methods to search for summer internships.  Besides being a professional advisor, Valerie also cared about my personal well-being, which made me very comfortable during the one-hour appointment.

I had another personal appointment with Dominic, who was in charge of the Sophomore Success Program (SSP). After I did the StrengthFinder assessment, I had a 30-minute appointment with him where we discussed my four main strengths that I could include on my resume. Dominic was very relaxed and...

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February 3, 2016

Recent grad, Louise Stone, discusses an internship disaster avoided with the help of the career center.

I’m a planner. I plan everything as much as possible, and I planned to go abroad to New Zealand my junior year, specifically, my junior spring. By going spring semester, which is fall semester in New Zealand, I would never have to experience the awkwardly entering mid-year into school. However, one thing I failed to consider was summer employment. New Zealand is on a completely different schedule than the US. I started school in late February and didn’t end until late June.  I quickly realized that most jobs and internships start at the end of May or beginning of June when most colleges end.  ...
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