OC Career Symposium

Wednesday, January 29, 2020



Thank you to all of our incredible alumnae who volunteered their time and wisdom at this year's Career Symposium! You inspired our young women to pursue diverse career paths with bolstered confidence and a renewed sense of purpose.




In our ongoing mission to prepare the young women of Oakland Catholic for the future, the offices of Advancement, School Counseling, and School Administration are pleased to once again offer the OC Career Symposium to our ninth, tenth, and eleventh graders.

The day will kick off with our Keynote Speaker, janera solomon, followed by panel presentations, discussions and Q&A sessions that reflect a range of career pathways and options. Students will have the unique opportunity to hear from a diverse array of female professionals as they share their experiences, advice and thoughts on the themes below.

Students will utilize FlexTime Manager (CCW site) to plan their day based on their career interests. OC Counselors will provide insight on how to pose articulate questions as well as general conference decorum. Given the professional nature of the symposium, students are permitted to wear either their school uniform or business attire.

2020 Symposium Panelists


2020 Session Topics

All Things Tech

Learn about how technology has remained a buzzword across all industries for the last couple decades in the DiNardo Lecture Hall. This session documents the journeys of several women who have found their niche in this exciting yet constantly evolving industry - where new jobs and career opportunities for women are growing exponentially!

Climate/Environment: The World Around Us

The long-term sustainability of our environment and our role as stewards of this world are hot topics of discussion in more ways than one. Join our experts in the Rhodora J. Donahue Chapel in Honor of St. Joan of Arc and hear about the latest efforts to preserve and increase sustainability as they respond to interview questions, and welcome your questions about what’s next and what’s expected of each of us.

Engineers Make the World Work Smarter

Engineering offers a plethora of job possibilities and an opportunity to touch people’s lives in more ways than you may have imagined. Hear from current engineers in research, hydraulic, and civil engineering in the Donahue Pavilion as they share their journeys and present the work they carry out in a rapidly changing industry.

Lifelong Learning and Career Opportunities in Education

Like many career fields, Education is evolving under the influence of new discoveries, improved technology, and a changing world. In J-101 broaden your perception of what it means to work in Education as you engage in conversation with current professionals as they present trends and map out a future vision in the Education arena.

Outside the Box: Unique and Non-Traditional Careers

There are a multitude of careers and many ways to ensure a better society for all. Not every job is easily classified and most career paths are circuitous. Join our panelists in the JOA Theatre and learn about the work of these female leaders who pursued emerging, unique, and non-traditional career opportunities.

When Creativity and Career Collide

Creativity fuels and sustains us as individuals and a society. It serves as a catalyst for careers in various art forms, a reflection of experiences in our lives and our society, and an essential aspect of successful creation from a book, a film, or a business. Discover how the spark of creativity sustains the careers of our panelists as they converse in J-104 about how creativity and work are integrated in their career endeavors.