Are you excited to begin your journey at Simmons, but feel unsure of choosing a major or career path? You are not alone. Nationwide, 80% of college-bound students still haven't decided on a major, and 50 percent of those that have chosen will switch majors two to three times throughout their college experience, according to Fitz Grupe, founder of MyMajors.com.
As an entering student, you are faced with many new, immediate decisions, and "career" may not be foremost on your mind. Yet, you do need to plan ahead for graduation and a career. After all, college is one of the biggest investments both financially and personally in your life, so freshman year is not too early to start. I want you to know that Simmons is a student-learning community that provides you with strong academics combined with career preparation which can give you a leg up in today's market.
As a first step in planning for your career, I am inviting you to visit the CEC and tap into the many services and resources that we have to offer. The CEC uses the STEPS Career Development Plan that helps you acquire knowledge of yourself, career paths and future opportunities. Take advantage of our personalized career coaching, skill-building workshops, employer and recruiting events that all focus on increasing your career readiness and success.
My advice to incoming First-Years:
- Discover and explore your interests through volunteering, joining student organizations/groups as you will learn more about yourself by strengthening and developing new skills from communication to leadership
- Be proactive and do the research to find a career you will really enjoy by reading the Career Guides at Beatley Library on "What Can I Do With this Major?"
- Keep a wide lens around the variety of jobs and employers by taking advantage of the multiple employer and career events on campus
- Identify internship opportunities that will strengthen your knowledge and skills in a field of interest and utilize CareerLink, and for work-study jobs go to the CA$H job board
- Make connections with people as networking is the best way to learn about careers, find an internship or job
- Seek the advice you need to prepare, plan and implement your goals through advising and individualized career coaching
- Remember that you are responsible for your own future, so take charge, explore beyond the classroom and seek opportunities at Simmons to get to know the world of work
And, don't wait until your Senior Year to get to know the CEC. Whether you are clear or unclear on what you want, those who start early are better prepared for successful careers.
Learn more in the Undergraduate section of our website.
Andrea Wolf is the Director of the Simmons Career Education Center.