The Simmons School of Social Work (SSW) provides nationally recognized programs in the field of social work. The School has a long and distinguished history, including being the nation's first institute of higher learning to offer training for clinical social workers, in 1904. You can learn more about the breadth and depth of the SSW and its programs by visiting the SSW website.
According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of social workers is expected to increase by 16 percent during the 2008—18 decade, which is faster than the average for all occupations. Job prospects are expected to be favorable, particularly for social workers who specialize in the aging population or work in rural areas. You can learn more by visiting the OOH page on Social Workers.
Career Services for Social Work Students
The CEC takes its commitment to students seriously, honoring the Simmons promise to put you first. The CEC is here to help social work students assess your skills and interests and explore your professional options and provides a full range of services to assist you in doing so.
Among these services, the CEC provides tailored career coaching to help you launch your social work career. Your career coach will help you clarify your career goals and help with developing the skills and strategies to attain them upon graduation from the social work program. In preparation for your job search, we will assist you with analyzing, articulating and packaging your academic and work experience to effectively market yourself to employers. In addition, you will receive support in planning and implementing your job search strategy to make informed, effective decisions for your next step as well as future career transitions.
You can make an appointment with a career coach for a one-on-one meeting (see "Contact Us" below).
Career Programs and Events
Throughout the academic year there are many opportunities for social work students to attend skill-building career workshops as well as recruitment events, both on— and off-campus. In addition to these, the CEC partners with the SSW for a targeted career development program, Career Connections, held each year.
The annual two-part Career Connections program is designed specifically for graduating M.S.W. candidates. It combines a professional "Career Day" in January with a targeted career fair about a month later. The professional development day features skill-building workshops, an alumni networking reception, and an employer panel discussion at which leading practitioners in the field from different industry segments provide insights into the employment market, hiring and other trends in the field, and their own organizations.
Social Work Career Fair
The second part of the program is the Social Work Career Fair, held on campus several weeks after the Career Day workshops, panel, and reception. Dozens of leading employers in the human services field come to campus to meet with prospective M.S.W. graduates and discuss their interests and potential employment plans. More information on the Fair can be found on the SSW Career Fair page.
There are numerous career resources to support social work students at Simmons:
SSW Career Resources
The following career-related resources are all found on the SSW website:
- Career Focus main page
- SSW Job Board
- Human Service Jobs
- Social Work Job Sites - annotated links to numerous employer sites
- Careers in Social Work - outlines different fields of practice and types of employers within each
- Field Education - main page for the SSW field placement program
- SSW Alumni Success Stories - profiles of several recent SSW grads and where they are now
- Beatley Library Social Work Careers Guide - links to numerous resources across several key career categories (job hunting, resumes, networking, etc.)
- Beatley Library Career Transitions Guide - information on how to navigate a career transition or career change from a previous profession into a new field, such as social work
CEC Career Toolkit
- CEC Career Toolkit - visit the Career Toolkit for in-depth information across all the developmental career steps, including self-assessment, career exploration, resumes and cover letters, networking, interviewing, and managing your job search
- Alumnet - register for the Simmons online alumnae/i network
- LinkedIn - create your own account on the leading site for professional networking. Once registered you can join the Simmons LinkedIn Group
Resumes and Cover Letters
From CEC Guides and How-To's:
- Sample Resume - Social Work
- Sample Cover Letter - Social Work
- Sample Accomplishment Statements - Social Work Resume
- Sample Summary Statements - Social Work Resume
Job Search and Postings
In addition to the SSW job board and those found in the Library Social Work Career Guide:
- CareerLink - Simmons' online job board, with approximately 1,000 active listings and 50 new listings each week
- CareerSpots videos - check out this excellent series of 1-4 min. long videos on a range of career topics.
To make an appointment with a CEC career coach, contact us as follows:
The CEC also conducts Weekly Drop-In Hours. Stop by for a 15 minute drop-in session with a career coach if you have a brief question or need your resume and cover letter reviewed.
Drop in Hours:
When: Mondays and Tuesdays, 3:00-4:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Where: Career Education Center, Suite M107-M112, 1st Floor, SOM/Academic Building
Career Toolkit for Graduate Students
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, you will find the resources you need to begin your preparation.
Find a Job or Internship
Meet with a Career Coach
Wondering where to start? Let us help. Drop by Monday and Tuesday from 3:00-4:30 or Wedneday and Thursday from 1:30-3:00; or, make an appointment at a time convenient to you.
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