The Career Education Center provides the following services for undergraduate students:
STEPS Career Development Plan
The STEPS Career Development Plan provides an action plan for your student to follow during her undergraduate years to help her acquire knowledge of herself, potential career paths, and academic and career opportunities. Career decision-making is a process, and while activities are suggested over a four-year timeline, your student can set her own pace in pursuing career development and use the timeline accordingly. If she gets started in her first year, works with a career coach, and takes advantage of the CEC's programs and resources, she will be better prepared to make informed and meaningful career decisions, both at graduation and throughout her career. Learn more about the STEPS Career Development Plan here.
Individual Career Coaching
The CEC's career development professionals have expertise in providing personalized career coaching. One-on-one meetings with the CEC staff provide personal advice to help your student address her career concerns, from discovering her strengths and interests, to exploring career options, to developing her resume, to preparing to interview or negotiate, and much more. Students can set up an appointment with a CEC career coach or come during drop-in hours. Visit the Career Coaching page for more information.
Career Workshops and Programs
Workshops and career programs can provide valuable career information and help your student build her job search skills. A broad range of topics can be addressed, from resumes and cover letters, to choosing a major, to creating a job search strategy, and much more. Many of these programs are delivered in the classroom while others are delivered at the CEC or elsewhere on campus. See the CEC Events calendar for upcoming programs.
Employer and Recruiting Events
Throughout the year a variety of employers are invited on campus to recruit Simmons students for volunteer, internship, and full-time positions. Employers have an opportunity to present their organizations and discuss job openings at Information Sessions. Students may also see employers at Information Tables in the Fens or MCB Lobby, providing information about their organizations and job openings. The CEC also produces or co-produces a number of career fairs throughout the academic year, some of which are targeted, such as those for graduate school students, and others of which are broader in scope, such as the annual Spring Career & Internship Fair, primarily for undergraduates. See the CEC Events Calendar for a listing of upcoming employer visits and on- and off-campus career fairs and related employer events.
CareerLink and CA$H Job & Internship Listings
The CEC maintains two online job boards with listings posted specifically for Simmons students and alums: CareerLink and CA$H. CareerLink is the larger of the two and lists internships, full-time, part-time, fellowships, and even some volunteer opportunities that are career-related. This is the place for undergrads to look for internships and for those about to graduate and alums to look for full-time jobs. CA$H (Convenient Access to Student Hires) is a separate listing of on-campus and work-study jobs. It also includes some off-campus work-study opportunities as well as general campus employment opportunities (non work-study funded). See the Jobs & Internships page for more information.
Career Resources at Beatley Library
The CEC collaborates with Beatley Library to develop and maintain a broad and deep set of resources on career topics. There is both a dedicated space for the print "Career Resources" collection, located near the main circulation desk in Beatley, and a rich array of online resources, accessible through the main Career Resources page on the Beatley website.
CEC Social Media
You can also keep up with the CEC by following us in a variety of social media sites, including our own Facebook and Twitter pages. Watch for regular updates on those pages throughout the year — and let us know what you think! We are also active participants in the Simmons Alumnae/i LinkedIn group, which any member of the Simmons community can join.
Success Connection Mentoring Program
The Success Connection Leadership Program is a unique mentoring program for Simmons undergraduates. It pairs selected Simmons seniors with highly accomplished Simmons alumnae who volunteer to host a student for job shadowing and networking at their place of work. Mentors are typically executive-level alumnae and/or members of the Simmons Leadership Council (SLC). Student travel-related expenses are paid for by the Office of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving. Most travel takes place in the Northeast and some workplace visits do not require travel outside of Massachusetts. The program is selective and the application and interview process take place in the spring of students' Junior year. You can learn more about the Success Connection program here.
About the CEC's Services
The CEC serves as the main career resource for all Simmons undergraduates and for four of the five graduate schools. Learn about the array of services we offer.
Help Your Student Succeed
Students' parents and family members play a critical role in their student's career development and preparation for life after graduation. Learn more here
Frequently Asked Questions
Get answers to common career-related questions from parents and families of Simmons students.
Next Career Event
Oct 18, 2014 at 8 AM - 6 PM at Hynes Convention Center