The following is a set of articles and resources for parents and families that supplement the resources found elsewhere in this section and the CEC website. Many of them come from other colleges and university websites with valuable insights and advice on the career process:

About Career Development and Career Services

  • The Value of Career Services - shows statistical results and related findings from a National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) survey
  • An Open Letter to Students and Parents - a great primer on what a career services offices can (and cannot) do to help students move forward in their career development.Written by the Director of Communication Career Services at University of Texas-Austin.
  • Top 10 Career Strategies for Freshmen and Sophomores - emphasizes that becoming marketable to employers or graduate schools is a four-year job. Reprint of a NACE article from the University of Rhode Island website.
  • Why Grads Should Take a Gap Year - though dating to 2009, this article makes the case that "For many graduates, burned out from four (or more) years of intense study, taking a year to do something less pressured can be a hugely positive experience with great pay-off longer-term." From Harvard Business Review blogger Tammy Erickson.

Advice and Information for Parents

Let Us Know

We hope to add more helpful articles over time. If you are a parent or family member of a Simmons student and come across an article or resource you would like to bring to our attention, please let us know at careers@simmons.edu.  

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.

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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

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Next Career Event

Licensed Professionals Job Fair: Vinfen Corp.

Sep 9, 2014 at 3:00pm at 439 South Union Street, Building 2, Lawrence, MA 01843

Vinfen is a leading nonprofit human services organization that transforms lives by building the capacity of individuals, families, organizations and communities to learn, thrive and achieve their goals. We are hosting a job fair exclusively for applicants who are either Licensed Mental Health Counselors or Licensed Social Workers interested in outreach positions in the Merrimack Valley. These positions will be providing outreach services and case management to adult clients who have psychiatric conditions and/or substance addiction. Grab your resume and stop by our job fair for an on-the-spot interview!

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