Learning how to manage your career over a lifetime is very important to your career success and satisfaction. Statistics show that, on average, over your work life you may change jobs over ten times and change careers three to five times. Knowing how to best navigate these changes will be invaluable for your future career planning and decision-making.

The 5 Step Career Development Model

The Career Education Center follows the 5 Step Career Development Model in providing career services and resources to alumnae/i. This comprehensive approach encompasses self-assessment, career exploration, preparation for your job search, implementation of your career plan and informed decision-making. It fosters skill development and learning outcomes that develop your knowledge of self, career paths, and career opportunities.

Why Meet with a Career Coach?

Maybe you're considering a career change or are returning to the workforce after an extended absence. You might be questioning if you should further your education or seek special training. Perhaps you've set your sights on a promotion or a volunteer position. The CEC can help you with these important decisions. Our team of career professionals provides individual career coaching to help you identify and eliminate barriers to your professional success.

And since career development is an on-going process that occurs throughout your career, your career coach will help you acquire the knowledge and skills that will enable you to continue to move forward as you transition into a new position. Topics we address are:

  • Job search skills
  • Work/life transitions
  • Re-entering the workforce
  • Exploring further education
  • Careers in Second Adulthood 
  • . . .and more

For instance, together you might decide to use career assessment tools, such as the MBTI, when determining career options that would be a good fit. Or, you might find it helpful to focus on clarifying your career goals, developing your job search skills, or leveraging career resources, such as the collection of e-resources in the Beatley Library Career Guides.

Typical Alumnae/i Questions about Career Planning

If you feel you are encountering some of the following questions and issues, you may benefit from working with a CEC career professional:

Set Up an Appointment or Drop In

As a Simmons alumna/us, you can make up to four (4) free appointments in person or by phone each year. Appointments may be for a half-hour or for a full hour. To schedule an appointment with a CEC career coach you may call the CEC at 617-521-2488, e-mail us at careers@simmons.edu, or just stop by the CEC. The CEC is now located on the first floor of the SOM/Academic Building, Suite M107-M112. You can also stop by during Drop-in Hours to meet with a coach on a first-come, first-served basis for 15 minutes. Drop-in hours are held year-round, every Monday & Tuesday from 3:00-4:30 PM and Wednesday & Thursday from 1:30-3:00 PM.

CEC Services for Alums

Each year, hundreds of alumnae/i use the Career Education Center. If you are in the early stages of your career and evaluating career choices, or in mid- to later-career and considering a change, the CEC is a great resource for you. Let us help you succeed!

Career Toolkit for Alums

The purpose of the Career Toolkit is to assist you in your career planning. Whether you are unsure of your career direction or need help with your job search or with applying to graduate school, you will find the resources you need to begin your preparation.

Find a Job or Internship

Check out CareerLink for full-time jobs and internships as well as other job boards and resources we've compiled.

Next Career Event

REGISTRATION OPENS: Road Trips to the Real World

Nov 1, 2014 at 1:00 AM (Ongoing through 12/12/2014) at Various Locations

WHERE WILL YOU BE DURING JANUARY BREAK? If you will be in the eastern region, from Maine down through Virginia, take advantage of the Road Trips to the Real World program, a series of employer site visits from January 5 - 16, 2015. This is your opportunity to get your foot in the door, literally, of participating employers… but space is limited so sign up right away. For some sites, spots fill up VERY quickly, so act now. The registration deadline has been extended to December 12th, 2014; register at http://eace.site-ym.com/?598. At each site, you will get an in-depth look at how the business operates and see firsthand the potential jobs that are available. You will also network with employees and get a head start on your career choice. This is an opportunity you do not want to miss!

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