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Guide to the Office of Career Services records
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Historical Note
  • Scope and Content Note
  • Arrangement
  • Preferred citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing Information
  • Related Material
  • Index Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: Office of Career Services records
    Date (inclusive): 1970-2014
    Collection number: USDA_2014_02
    Creator: University of San Diego Office of Career Services
    Extent: 6 boxes, (6 linear feet)
    Repository: University of San Diego, Archives and Special Collections
    Copley Library
    5998 Alcalá Park
    San Diego, CA 92110
    Abstract: These records document the activities and resources offered by the Office of Career Services from the 1970s through 2014. The annual activities conducted by department Director, Linda Scales, are documented along with calendars, fliers, brochures, and job search resources offered to students. Planning materials for campus interview events are also included.
    Languages: English

    Historical Note

    The Career Counseling and Placement office was organized in 1974 to assist students with career planning. The office was headed by Brother Thomas Kane. By 1992, the Career Counseling and Placement Center was headed by two co-directors and one counselor. Among the functions of the Center were to publish an Alumni Career Network Directory, provide handouts of career information, and hold frequent workshops in resume writing, interviewing skills, and job search strategies. Additionally, the center offered an on-campus recruiting program to bring employers from different industries to interview students on campus.
    Linda Scales was one of the co-directors of the Center. Later, she became the sole Director of Career Services. In August 2013, she retired after more than 35 years in Career Services. Scales then took the role of special projects assistant until her full retirement from USD in December 2013. Scales grew Career Services into an office that provided activities and support for USD students regarding their career options, job search assistance, and action plan development.
    In 2014, the office changed to the Career Development Center, with Robin Darmon as the director. The aim was to serve as a campus hub for the professional and career development of students.

    Scope and Content Note

    These records document Career Services activities from the 1970s through 2014 along with resources offered to students and alumni. These materials were retained by Office of Career Services Director, Linda Scales. In addition to materials published by Career Services, Scales recorded her annual departmental accomplishments. Calendars, fliers, and brochures cover the variety of activities offered by Career Services, along with job search resources offered to students. Campus interview event planning materials include position descriptions and information about companies participating in the campus interview events. These records document changes in how job searches were conducted from the 1970s through the 2010s. Newspaper articles, primarily from the University of San Diego Vista and the San Diego Union Tribune , document the challenges faced by new graduates throughout the 1970s to the 2010s.


    This collection is arranged into one series of Administrative Records. These records are organized in chronological order.

    Access Information

    These records are open for research.

    Preferred citation

    [Folder Title], Box # Folder #, Office of Career Services records, Copley Library, University of San Diego, Archives and Special Collections.

    Acquisition Information

    These records were distributed by the Linda Scales, Director of the Office of Career Services.

    Processing Information

    Initial processing of this collection was conducted by Tessie Camina in 2014. Additional processing was conducted by Ashley Toutain in 2017.

    Removed or Separated Material

    Some publications and reports have been removed to include with Archives publication materials. Notation of these are located throughout the collection. Articles and title pages of reports have been copied and remain in the collection.

    Related Material

    The single edition of the November-December 2005 Career Corner newsletter of is located in the University Archives. Career Corner has updates on department activities and information on career services counselors.

    Index Terms

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Scales, Linda

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    University of San Diego

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    San Diego (Calif.)

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    career development