For Undergraduates: Career Planning & Resources

STEPS Career Development Plan

STEPS = Steps To Explore Prepare Succeed

The STEPS Career Development Plan provides an action plan for you to follow to help you acquire knowledge about yourself, career paths, and academic and career opportunities. Career decision-making is a process, and while activities are suggested over your four years as a Simmons undergraduate, you can also set your own pace in pursuing career development and use the timeline accordingly. If you get started in your first year, work with a career coach, and take advantage of the CEC's programs and resources, you will be better prepared to make informed and meaningful career decisions.

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

Check out the STEPS Career Development Plan

To learn more about the STEPS Career Development Plan based on the 5 Step Model and developed specifically for Simmons undergraduate students, visit the STEPS Plan page.

Find a Job or Internship

Check out CA$H for on-campus and work-study jobs, CareerLink for internships and full-time jobs, and the other job boards and resources we've compiled.

Meet with a Career Coach

Wondering where to start? Let us help. Drop by Monday or Tuesday from 3:00-4:30 or Wednesday or Thursday from 1:30-3:00; or, make an appointment at a time convenient to you.

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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