Career Development

General Information

Be sure to check these sites for information:


  • Ask a Matador
    • A mentoring platform that matches students with CSUN alums for professional and career advice.
  • CSUN Career Center
    • "The Career Center at CSUN offers career exploration and advisement along with job-search strategies to students and eligible alumni. By providing guidance on choosing a major and advice on how to make decisions, set goals and plan, the Career Center helps students advance on their career paths."
  • CSUN Career Link
  • Handshake
    • This site offers job board and online career services.
  • LinkedIn Learning
    • "All CSUN students, faculty and staff have access to the LinkedIn Learning Library, which offers an extensive collection for Microsoft Office. To access the library, visit LinkedIn Learning and log in with your CSUN user ID and password. You can also visit the Microsoft Office Training and Tutorial website.
  • Glassdoor Job Search
  • Student Jobs and Internships
  • US Department of Labor


Human Resources

Information Resources

Non-Profit Organizations

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Job Resources

Information Resources


  • Attend conferences.
    • The Charleston Conference. Attendees include librarians, vendors, and publishers. It's a good place to network and pick up information. Check for the student rate.

  • Subscribe to industry newsletters.
  • Look into associations and job boards.


Conferences are a great place to present work, network, and pick-up information. Make sure to check for student rates.

Resume Resources

Job Seeking Advice

Previously Presented Panels

  • The Current State of the Publishing Industry: Realities and Opportunities

    What are the career opportunities for English majors in today’s publishing industry? A panel of four experienced publishing professionals will discuss the state of the industry today, the availability of jobs, what skills and expertise are required to be competitive, what a book producer does, and overlooked avenues into the publishing world.
    Ron Epstein, Publisher & President, Epstein Custom Media/LA Parent. The Publisher of L.A. Parent magazine and president of Epstein Custom Media, Ron has spent his entire career in the publishing and media industries -- and it all started at the Daily Sundial.
    Dan López, Counterpoint; Editorial Assistant. Dan López is the author of The Show House and an editorial assistant at Counterpoint Press.
    Kate Marshall, Editor, UC Press. Kate Marshall joined UC Press in 2008 and is the acquisitions editor for scholarly and general interest books in the fields of anthropology, food studies, and Latin American studies.
    Dan Ruth, Senior Acquisitions Editor, Sage Publications. Prior to Sage, Dan worked at WB Saunders (Elsevier) in text and reference books, editorial production, marketing, sales, and acquisitions.
    Moderator: Rachelle Yousuf. A CSUN alum, Rachelle Yousuf has worked and volunteered in the literary world for the last 8 years. She works as a literary event producer in Los Angeles and was the Head of Membership at PEN Center USA, a literary arts nonprofit.

    Recoding of Panel: https://youtu.be/H-WHNyUbE_k
  • Thinking Outside the Publishing Box: Careers for English Majors

    Many English majors focus on careers in publishing and education, but a wide range of professions require stellar writing and communication skills; fields with good salaries and career ladders. Four CSUN English alumni will discuss their professional journeys, how they use their English degrees in their daily work, what skills and expertise students need to compete in today’s workforce, and what they wished they’d done in college to prepare for their careers.

    Wafa Azeem (English Literature 2015 ) - Strategic SEO Manager, Scorpion. As an SEO manager for over 60 strategic clients, Wafa is responsible for driving in organic leads and traffic to the site by getting the clients’ keywords to rank on page one of Google
    Michael Berns (Rhetoric and Composition 2016) - Senior Marketing Manager, Wingman Marketing. Whether it’s helping clients with branding, positioning, or storytelling online, Michael not only helps his clients create a unique online persona but also manage their paid advertising and mixed media campaigns.
    Shelly Thompson (English Literature 1990, Educational Administration 2010) - Director, Office of Undergraduate Studies, CSUN. System administrator for the campus e-Advising technology, Shelly responds to student inquiries and serves as a liaison for academic advising and degree requirements to the campus community.
    Rachelle Yousuf (English Literature 2015) - Membership and Engagement Coordinator, CSUN Alumni. Rachelle Yousuf is the Membership and Engagement Coordinator for CSUN Alumni, overseeing programs and services that strengthen alumni engagement and increase volunteer opportunities.
    Moderator: Kathy Leslie. Kathy is a CSUN English alum (BA 1989; MA 2005) and former English department faculty member who has had extensive career experience in education and business and knows how valuable the skills developed as an English major can be in building career success.

Recording of Panel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0PnsqLjwgg&t=1877s