For Parents & Families: Helping Your Student Succeed

STEPS Career Development Plan

STEPS = Steps To Explore Prepare Succeed

The Career Education Center created the STEPS Career Development Plan to provide an action plan for your student to follow during her undergraduate years. STEPS — which stands for Steps To Explore Prepare Succeed — will help your student acquire knowledge of herself, 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.

What follows here is the STEPS Plan just as it is presented to your student on the Undergraduate section of this site.

You can download a printable copy of the STEPS Career Development Plan here. You can also store it electronically and check off your progress as you go.

Here is the same plan in interactive form with links to key additional information and resources:

STEP 1 - ASSESSMENT: First Years

Get to know yourself - Begin to identify your values, interests, skills, personal traits and career satisfiers in order to identify the ingredients of a good career "fit":

STEP 2 - EXPLORATION: Sophomores

Explore and research career possibilities - Learn the connections between courses, concentrations and careers, and discover the benefits of experiential learning. Learn how to:

STEP 3 - PREPARATION: Juniors

Develop your resume and cover letter writing skills. Refine your career goals and strategy -
Through informational interviewing, internships, and relevant part-time and summer jobs, "test the waters" and determine a potential career direction:

STEP 4 - IMPLEMENTATION: Seniors

Develop and implement your job search or graduate school strategy - Develop the skills you need to accomplish your goals:

STEP 5 - DECISION-MAKING: Seniors

Make an informed and meaningful career decision - Gain insight into necessary professional development skills to be successful:

  • Analyze job offers/graduate school admissions and weigh your options
  • Meet with a career coach to walk through your decision-making
  • Consider the practical aspects of life after Simmons, and attend seminars to help make this transition
  • Join the Simmons alumnae/i network, Alumnet and LinkedIn, a social networking site for professionals
  • Learn and practice the basics of negotiating

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

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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