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OK, so you may be just settling into those fall semester classes and not thinking too much about jobs right now. And, admittedly, the Army is not coming this time around.

But we do have a number of other exciting employers and their recruiters looking to meet with and hire Simmons students over the coming weeks of the fall semester. Here's a look ahead at the line-up of upcoming recruitment events, both on- and off-campus:

ON-CAMPUS

10/4 (Thu), AT&T
Info Table (11-2, Fens Lobby) and Info Session (4-5 pm, M-106)
Reps from America's first and foremost telecommunications firm will discuss their acclaimed Business Sales Leadership Development Program. A recent college graduate and current program participant will be in attendance.                                           

10/18 (Thu), PEACE CORPS
Info Table (11-2, Fens Lobby) and Info Session (4-5 pm, M-106)
Meet with representatives from the Peace Corps and learn all about America's overseas action corps. Includes anticipated cameo appearance at Info Session by special campus celebrity. . .   

10/22 (Mon), TEACH FOR AMERICA
Info Table (11-2, Fens Lobby) and Info Session (4-5 pm, M-106)
New on campus this year! Come learn about opportunities and the application process for positions with America's teaching corps, Teach for America.

OFF-CAMPUS

10/3 (Wed), NORTHEASTERN CAREER FAIR
4-6 pm - Over 200 employers registered to attend - Simmons students welcome!

10/17 (Wed), BU CAREER FAIR
10:30 am - 3:30 pm - 75-100 employers expected - Simmons students welcome!

10/24 (Wed), CCCOB COMMUNICATIONS CAREERS INFORMATION EXCHANGE  
5:30-7:30 pm - Roundtable career exploration event with reps from local firms in advertising, PR, social media, publishing, TV and radio, more. The six schools in the CCCOB (College Career Centers of Boston)  co-produce the event: BC, BU, Emerson, Emmanuel, Simmons, Suffolk. At Suffolk University, 120 Tremont (steps away from the Park Street Green Line stop).

So here's your chance to get out of the classroom and meet and greet these recruiters, looking to talk with YOU!  For more info on any of these events, visit the CEC website EVENTS page. For more info on how best to prepare for these events, you can start with the Career Toolkit on the CEC website or contact the CEC to make an appointment with a career coach at 617-521-2488 or careers@simmons.edu.

Good luck!

 

intern 2.jpgAre you doing an internship this fall?  If so, you'll want to make the most of this valuable experience.

Here are three tips to help you on your way:

1. Set goals for yourself.

     A good internship provides the opportunity to develop your current skills or learn new   ones.  Wondering what to focus on?  You might consider the top 5 personal qualities/skills employers look for in new college graduates (NACE's Job Outlook 2012 Survey):

             - Ability to work in a team

             - Verbal communication skills

             - Ability to make decisions and problem solve

             - Ability to obtain and process information

             - Ability to plan, organize and prioritize work

2. Communicate!

     You are not expected to know everything so be sure to ask questions.  Do research, if needed, and take notes.  The more information you have about the employer's expectations the better.  You'll also learn about organizational culture, and the various functions that employees perform there.

If you're not busy, ask for assignments.  Are there projects you can work on that will demonstrate your use of the personal qualities/skills mentioned above?  Volunteer for them.

Ask for feedback from your internship supervisor. Some internship programs are structured to include regular check-ins.  If yours is not, ask your boss how you're doing.  Help her provide input that can help you do your best work and develop those desirable personal qualities and skills.

3. Build your network.

     Networking is about having conversations and building relationships over time.  You will meet a variety of people, in various roles and in different stages of their careers, at your internship.  Take this opportunity to make connections.  Talk to recent grads about their job search and ask for advice.  Speak with longer term employees about their careers.  If a particular job seems especially interesting to you, ask for an informational interview.   Unsure how to go about it?  Check out Optimize Your Networking on the Career Toolkit for complete information on how to do an informational interview.

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Fall has arrived, and if you are a first year student, so have you!  Welcome to Simmons College from the Career Education Center. 

We know that you have a lot on your plate right now, with moving in, starting college classes, and meeting lots of new people.  During this busy time, we at the CEC wanted to let you know that now is the time to sign up for an important component of your first-year experience: the Simmons 101 Resume Writing Workshop.

This workshop is a required component of the Simmons 101 class that all traditional first-year students have on their schedule.  The workshop is one session and one-hour-long.  To sign-up, you will need to stop by the Career Education Center (SOM Academic Building, 1st Floor, M107-M112) in person and select 1 of 17 available sessions to attend.  The sessions will be held between September 25 and November 8, but you will need to sign up before September 21st to secure your space in a session.

For more details, visit our Simmons 101 Resume Workshop webpage.

Don't wait!  Drop by the CEC today to sign up.  We look forward to meeting you!