Some history majors go on to further studies in the field, but because of their wide exposure to various times and cultures, they are well prepared for almost any career.
Besides providing a background for anyone interested in a truly liberal education, history helps prepare students for the fields of law, business, foreign service, librarianship, museum work, historic preservation, journalism, environmental studies, and teaching from secondary through university levels.
My name is Georgia Tripodes, I am a 2015 Occidental graduate and I studied in Oxy’s wonderful history department. After graduating I was accepted to Loyal Marymount University’s masters in education program where I will earn my primary teaching credential, a secondary teaching credential for social studies and an MA in education. This year I have been observing and working as a teaching assistant in a second grade class and in the spring of 2017 I will begin my student teaching. LMU’s school of education focuses on preparing their students to work in culturally and linguistically diverse school settings and it provides a firm groundwork in the best research-based practices. My background as a history student and the rigor of my undergraduate education has greatly prepared me for my course work as a graduate student. I have enjoyed the last year and I look forward to my student teaching and my future career in education.
Hello! My name is Manuela Boucher-de la Cadena, and I was a member of the class of 2014 as a History major and Spanish minor. After graduation I worked as a JusticeCorps fellow in Alameda County. JusticeCorps is an AmeriCorps program that places participants in the Self-Help centers (a department within each county’s Superior Court designed to assist self-represented litigants navigate different areas of civil law) in the court systems of San Diego, Los Angeles, and the Bay Area. After my fellowship year, I was hired on as a full-time staff member where I continue to work alongside staff that includes attorneys and non-attorneys to assist individuals who either cannot afford an attorney or choose to do their own legal work. My two years at the Self-Help Center have exposed me to the practical application of the law, and the ways in which the law manifests itself in an average person’s daily life. After taking (an unplanned, but invaluable) two-year gap, I am starting law school at UC Davis King Hall in August. For anyone interested in attending law school, applying for JusticeCorps, or with any other post-grad questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me!
Manuela Boucher-de la Cadena
Marika Tripodes Occidental Graduate 2015
After graduating from Oxy in the spring of 2015 with a degree in history I was accepted into UCLA’s Teacher Education Program (TEP) for the fall of 2015. This two year program prepares future teachers to become social justice educators in urban schools. Through TEP I will earn my social studies single subject credential and a masters degree in education. In my first year of the program, I have earned my secondary social studies teaching credential and have spent the year developing my pedagogy by student teaching. I have been student teaching at two school, a middle school in East Los Angeles and a high school in the Pico-Union neighborhood of Los Angeles. As part of my program for next year I will find a full time teaching position while working on an inquiry project to earn my masters. Oxy’s excellent history department not only prepared me to be a confident and skilled social studies teacher but also prepared me for the rigor of UCLA’s program. I feel incredibly fortunate to be a part of UCLA’s Teacher Education Program and as this quarter nears its end I am excited for next year.
After graduating from Oxy, I accepted a job offer as a tenant/community organizer at Inner City Law Center (ICLC). I first became interested in tenants' rights after participating in Professor Drier's Summer Affordable Housing & Community Development Internship in 2012. As the only legal services provider on Skid Row, ICLC is a leader in combating slum housing and homelessness. After a year as an organizer, I became a paralegal and joined the Housing Litigation Department at Inner City Law. I currently assist attorneys in the representation of low-income tenants in civil lawsuits against slum landlords. My long-term goal is to become the first attorney in my family, and in the process inspire others to give back to their communities. In my free time, I love to hike, visit friends and family in NYC, and enjoy everything that Los Angeles has to offer. Feel free to say hello on twitter @ericquizhpi.
Upon graduation, I moved to Portland, OR as I missed my home state and Portland has many things to offer for young people. The first nine months after graduation I worked for Nordstrom. First, in their Retail Management Internship program and then as an Assistant Manager. Though not the position I wanted, I gained many skills during my time there, namely conflict resolution skills, leadership acumen and how to manage people.
For the past year, I have been working at a search engine marketing firm and currently I am the operations manager. I am responsible for overseeing multiple facets of the business relating to both the financial and human resources side of the business. This involves everything from billing and managing the overall financial stability of the company to administering employee benefits and being responsible for the hiring process. I am also responsible for instituting new initiatives and processes of which I've created a new employee hiring process, instituted 401Ks with company matching, and successfully hired eight new employees.
In my free time, I love to take cycling classes, explore Portland's amazing food scene and travel as much as my job allows. Since leaving Oxy, I have traveled to Tanzania, Japan, Charleston,SC and Austin, TX. My advice to Oxy grads and especially fellow History majors is to not let yourself be concerned about obtaining an "ideal" job right after graduation. Though my time at Nordstrom was difficult, much of what I learned there was extremely valuable and I believe will carry with me no matter where my career takes me. My second piece of advice is to not let job postings which ask for people with marketing, business, communications etc. majors scare you away. Be proud of your liberal arts education and don't shy away from it! I had many potential employers grill me about why I chose to become a history major, especially since I have always wanted to be in the business field. I never backed down from these conversations and told them the many reasons why all the skills I learned at Oxy i.e. critical/analytical thinking and strong writing were important and necessary skills in the workforce. Though some of them I am sure disagreed, I found an employer who really valued that in me and it ended up being a perfect fit.
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