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Each year, the Simmons College Career Education Center (CEC) conducts the Graduate Employment Survey, which tracks the employment status and career paths of recent Simmons baccalaureate graduates. According to the Class of 2009 data, nearly 90% of respondents employed full-time are in a position or field related to their major. A majority of those found their job within six months of graduation.

What does this mean for the Class of 2011?

According to data from the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the overall job outlook for May 2011 graduates is optimistic. Employers reported plans to hire 13.5% more new grads from the Class of 2011 than they did from the Class of 2010. In addition, another study found that hiring at the bachelor's level is expected to rise nearly 10% (vs. 3% across all hiring segments).

That's good news for this year's graduating seniors. So, where are the jobs? I asked CEC Associate Director Doug Eisenhart where he thinks Simmons grads are most likely to find employment.

Here are the top five fields:

1. Healthcare/Nursing

It's no surprise that healthcare tops the list. According to the CEC's survey, nearly 50% of the Class of 2009 is employed in healthcare, with nursing, Simmons' most popular major, leading the way. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says employment of RNs is expected to grow by 22% from 2008-2018, much faster than the average for all occupations.


Tip: The largest job growth for RNs is in outpatient facilities.

Average starting salary for nursing majors: $43,938*

Sample of recent employers: Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center


Watch video: Nursing at Simmons »


Continue reading Top 5 Careers for the Class of 2011.



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V-Day supporter Deb Wetherby, V-Day Board Member Emily Scott Pottruck '78, V-Day supporter Lisa Schejola Akin at the opening ceremony. Photo courtesy of http://drc.vday.org/

Emily Scott Pottruck '78 had the experience of a lifetime when she traveled to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for the opening of The City of Joy -- a community that will support women survivors of sexual and gender violence.

A member of the V-Day board and a Simmons trustee, Emily described her journey as a "contrast in emotions." She says:

These women do not see themselves as victims. They are survivors. They are the epitome of resiliency. Their spirit infuses all of us, and we become one large group with a common purpose.

According to the World Health Organization, sexual and gender violence is one of the greatest threats to women's health in the DRC. These actions are used as tactics of the 13-year ongoing war in that nation, tactics that activist and V-Day Founder Eve Ensler considers "femicide."

For more about Emily's transformative experience in the DRC, and to see photos of some of the remarkable women who support this cause, read Emily's first-person account: Journey to the DRC for the City of Joy Opening.


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According to GSLIS Assistant Professor Naresh Agarwal, we are all responsible for our own happiness. The good news is, it's already in you.

By following his "Seven Commandments: Toward a theoretical model of happiness," he assures us a robust, meaningful feeling of joy is within reach. That said, these principles aren't easy, and Naresh emphasizes that they are meant to be "practiced, not preached."

Follow along and let us know if these work for you:

1. Be happy, always, no matter what

Don't let events, good or bad, disturb your state of bliss. Choose to see the glass half full--it is, indeed, a choice that you have control over.

2. Have zero expectations from every other person and 100% from yourself

Personally, I find this one a bit pessimistic. I think it is the ultimate expression of trust when you surrender a bit of the responsibility for your happiness to someone else. But Naresh has a good point when he says, "when you don't expect, you'll never be unhappy, everything you get, is a bonus."

3. Never compare yourself with those around you

Just give 100% and don't worry about the result.

Continue reading Professor Naresh Agarwal knows the secret to happiness.



Gary-Bailey1.jpgIn honor of Social Work Month, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) interviewed Simmons School of Social Work professors Gary Bailey and Dr. Beverly Sealey about their experiences in the field.

The following is an excerpt from a Q&A conducted by the NASW:

Professor Bailey, why did you choose social work as your profession?

I did not choose social work, social work chose me. I always knew that I wanted to work directly with people. My parents, especially my mother, were very much engaged at the community level, and in retrospect, my mother was a non-credentialed community organizer.

My parents had grown up under the yoke of apartheid in this country and instilled in my bother and me a sense of pride in who they were and where we came from. They held us accountable for making a difference and making a contribution, which would lift us up.

What is your proudest professional achievement?

Continue reading Professors Bailey, Sealey talk about their careers in social work.



[Dr. Ernest Morrell - Linking Literacy to Popular Culture in 2011]

The Simmons College/Beacon Press Race, Education & Democracy Lecture and Book Series kicks off at Simmons this week, March 15, 16, & 17, with speaker Dr. Ernest Morrell, associate professor in the Urban School Division of the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA.

I recently sat down with Morrell, who specializes in literacy, urban education, and use of popular culture to promote academic literacy, to ask him a few questions about his upcoming presentation, "Powerful Teaching: Towards a Pedagogy of Global City."

What can people look forward to with your lectures at Simmons?

EM: This project came up out of concern about education reform, so I plan to talk about a number of issues, including access to equitable resources and access to quality teaching. What does quality teaching look like --particularly since we know the impact a powerful teacher can make on the life of young person? How do theories of teaching, learning, motivation, and citizenship translate into practice? I'll talk about the work we've been doing and the great work I've seen happening over the last several years.

Continue reading UCLA Prof Ernest Morrell says pop culture can help with literacy.


Arts and Entertainment critic Joyce Kulhawik '74 joined the Student Government Association on Monday night for an exciting kick-off to Women's College Week. Other speakers included SGA President Rosy Gonzalez '11 and Simmons College President Helen Drinan.

It is a tradition for the Simmons Student Government Association to hold Women's College Week during the month of March to celebrate the past and present accomplishments of women. It's not a coincidence this week falls during Women's History Month, and Monday's kick-off event fits right into this year's theme, Piecing together the Elements of Success.

Simmons College prides itself on being a place that prepares students to become leaders. When speaking with Simmons women, a reoccurring theme is how being surrounded by powerful women in the classroom helped them find their voice and their confidence.

It is important for women's colleges to celebrate the impact this educational environment has on advancing women in the workplace. Make sure to attend at least one, if not all, the Women's College Week events the SGA has planned for this week. (Open to all COF students!)

Send them a message if you have any questions and let us know what your favorite part of Women's College Week is.


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Photo Credit: Kyodo News, via Associated Press

A message from President Helen Drinan '75LS ,'78SM:

"We at Simmons College send our thoughts and deepest prayers to the people of Japan, and all those affected by the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami. The images coming over the news are heartbreaking. Please know the entire Simmons community stands in sorrow and solidarity with you.

We feel fortunate that none our students were studying in the areas affected by the disaster. The Office of Student Life has been reaching out to students we know who have family or friends living in Japan, to offer any possible support and assistance.

We also are reaching out to our participants from the School of Management's Japanese Women's Leadership Initiative Forum program, which takes place in Japan. We are deeply concerned because some may be in the area with no power. We will keep checking and will let you know as soon as we receive more information."

Continue reading Simmons offers condolences to those affected by Japan earthquake, tsunamis.



[Marissa shot this footage of Betsey Johnson's Fall 2011 runway collection at New York Fashion Week.]

300 The Fenway invited Marissa Window '11 to guest-blog about her participation in Simmons' Success Connection Leadership Program. Success Connection is a unique job-shadowing and mentoring opportunity that matches current seniors with highly accomplished Simmons alumnae. Through the program, Marissa was connected with Kristen Ingersoll '89, Fashion & Entertainment Editor at Hearst Magazines International. Fortunately for Marissa, her one-day job-shadowing led her straight to New York Fashion Week!

As a senior, I've spent a lot of time reflecting on my college experiences and my future goals. Although Simmons isn't where I pictured myself when I was applying to undergraduate programs, it truly was the best decision I ever made. Simmons has not only empowered me to chase after my dreams, but also has given me the proper support and guidance to do so.

Continue reading Senior attends NYC Fashion Week with Success Connection mentor.


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The 106th Simmons Commencement speakers have been announced! The theme this year is "Celebrating Boston & Massachusetts," and these women could not be more prepared to speak to our coming graduates about their future life's work. Commencement will be held on Friday, May 20 at the Bank of America Pavilion in Boston's Seaport District.

During the undergraduate ceremony starting at 10 a.m., recently retired Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall will speak to graduating seniors about being the first woman to have served as the Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. In a time when there are still many firsts for women, who better than Chief Justice Marshall to inspire our graduates to pursue their dreams. Maybe the first woman president of the U.S. is among our Class of 2011? (Hey, you never know!)

Continue reading Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall to speak at Commencement.


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Time to get creative! All undergraduate students now can submit their projects online for the 7th Annual Undergraduate Conference to be held on April 29.

Every year, the CAS Office of the Dean holds a special conference that gives students in all disciplines the opportunity to show off the work they've learned and accomplished throughout the academic year.

Students can submit their work proposals online through the Undergraduate Conference website. All submissions are due by Friday, April 1, 2011.

Added bonus: Many classes will not be held the day of the conference so that the entire community may enjoy the paper and poster presentations of our undergraduates!

If you have any questions or need more info, contact the Director of the Writing Center Terry Muller at terry.muller@simmons.edu.

To see work from past conferences, visit the Conference archives.

Good luck, ladies. Can't wait to see your accomplishments!


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March is Women's History Month, which is one of our favorite months because it recognizes the significant contributions of women to history and society.

In the U.S., women such as Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Blackwell, Margaret Sanger, and Rosa Parks paved the way for influential women like Gloria Steinem, Sandra Day O'Connor, and Hilary Clinton. This month, we celebrate the accomplishments of these extraordinary women, and many more throughout the world, for their activism, courage, and determination.

More than a century ago, Simmons was founded on a revolutionary idea: that women should be able to go to college and earn an independent livelihood. When we look back at our history, it's important to understand the social conditions and historical period in which these women lived. When Simmons first opened its doors, women weren't allowed to vote and many didn't work outside the home.

Continue reading Simmons celebrates Women's History Month.


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