How Alums Can Help
To paraphrase a recent book title, "It takes a community to raise a student." As an important part of the Simmons community, alumnae/i are in a unique position to contribute to the career needs of current Simmons students. Many of you are in the working world and have much that you can offer to current students. Along with faculty, staff, employers, parents and families of students, and other constituencies, it all adds up to what we call the Simmons career learning community.
Ways to Help
Below are several ways that you can help give back to the Simmons community in valuable career-related ways:
- Post jobs and/or internships - Simmons' online job board, CareerLink, is free of charge to employers seeking to hire Simmons students or alums for internship or full-time positions. The "Simmons Hiring Simmons" feature allows jobs to be identified as coming from within the Simmons community.
- Exhibit at a career fair - The CEC produces several fairs on campus during the academic year as well as several off-campus events in collaboration with other area colleges. See the CEC Events calendar.
- Host an Info Table or Info Session - Visit campus and we will set you up with a table in our highly trafficked Fens Dining lobby at lunchtime, or you can present to a group of students in the CEC's Career Resource Center or another room on campus.
- Host an Informational Interview - This CEC-recommended career exploration tool is a way that you can share your knowledge with a current student seeking to learn about your industry and area of expertise.
- Host a Job Shadow - If you would be willing to have a Simmons student visit you for part or all or of a typical workday to learn about your industry and role.
- Mentor a student - This could be as part of our undergraduate Success Connection program, produced in conjunction with the Simmons Office of Alumni Relations.
- Host a Site Visit - This is another great career exploration tool. We would work with you to find a mutually convenient time to bring a group of interested students to your workplace for a tour and information session.
- Speak on a career panel or other program - Hosted here on campus, career panels are usually focused on a given industry or segment. Other career programs can cover a range of topics and formats.
- Participate in career networking events - Held on- or off-campus with current Simmons students and/or alums. Alumnae/i are among the most important contacts in a Simmons' student's (or alum's) network!
- Be a mock interviewer - Typically with seniors and/or graduate students preparing to enter the full-time job market.
- Be a guest speaker in the classroom - We would work with faculty in the appropriate academic department to arrange your classroom visit.
- Serve on the Career Advisory Council - The CEC's advisory group meets 3-4 times/year to discuss CEC initiatives and programs.
Make a Financial Contribution
Alumnae/i can also be a source of funding for career-related activities and CEC programs, of particular interest during the Making Education Work campaign and as we proceed with Strategy 2015, with its emphasis on "Preparation for life's work" among other core values at Simmons. One such opportunity is to be a donor for our on-campus Student Leadership programs and events.
If you are considering a gift to the Simmons general annual giving fund, here are some specific links on Alumnet, the Simmons alumnae/i website:
For More Information
In addition to the above we are open to other ideas from alumnae/i willing to contribute to the career learning community at Simmons. To learn more about how you can help or if you have a career-related idea you'd like to share with the CEC, contact Andrea Wolf, Director, Career Education Center, at email@example.com or 617-521-2476.
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.
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