The CEC uses a comprehensive 5 Step Career Development Model to support students in their career decision-making. The first two steps, Assessment and Exploration, play an important role in helping undergraduate students make decisions about majors and careers.

Assessment and Exploration

During the first step, Assessment, students collect information about themselves to help make informed career decisions. This self-assessment helps students determine their VIPS - values, interests, personality traits, and skills.

The CEC provides self-assessment inventories to assist students with this process and a career coach will meet with students to discuss outcomes and make appropriate suggestions.
Once students begin to identify the ingredients of a good "fit" for themselves they can connect this information to possible majors and careers.

Connecting possible careers to a major can be a challenge for some students. Through the second step, Exploration, students can explore and research their options. The CEC helps students learn how to do career research and conduct informational interviews as part of this career exploration process.

Resources

To assist students and faculty with the process of researching and deciding upon majors and how they relate to career options, the CEC and Simmons Library provide a number of resources.

By using the tool "What Can I Do With This Major?", students can click on majors of interest to see outlines of common career areas, employers, and strategies designed to maximize career opportunities.

The Simmons Library career guide to Career Exploration has additional resources students need to learn about different careers, check the projected demand for various positions, discover salary ranges for selected occupations, and more.

Students can gather information about over forty majors offered at Simmons by reviewing the Simmons Undergraduate Majors, Minors, and Programs.

Additional assessment resources can be found in the library's Self-Assessment Career Guide.

Meeting with a Career Coach

While meeting with their faculty advisor is always encouraged, meeting with a career coach can also be very helpful to students when it comes to choosing a major or career direction. Faculty can encourage students to make an appointment with a career coach for personalized coaching on these and other career-related issues.

CEC Services

We help undergraduate students, graduate students and alumnae/i develop the skills and knowledge to make informed decisions about their careers in preparation for life's work. View the services we offer.

Hire a Student

CA$H (Convenient Access to Student Hires) is the Simmons online job board for on-campus student employment. Post on-campus employment opportunities here for both work-study students as well as general student employment.

Jobs & Internships

The CEC and the Simmons Library provide a wealth of resources to help Simmons students find jobs and internships. Faculty and staff also have access to these resources for career advising and related purposes.

Next Career Event

Licensed Professionals Job Fair: Vinfen Corp.

Sep 9

Sep 9, 2014 at 3:00pm at 439 South Union Street, Building 2, Lawrence, MA 01843

Vinfen is a leading nonprofit human services organization that transforms lives by building the capacity of individuals, families, organizations and communities to learn, thrive and achieve their goals. We are hosting a job fair exclusively for applicants who are either Licensed Mental Health Counselors or Licensed Social Workers interested in outreach positions in the Merrimack Valley. These positions will be providing outreach services and case management to adult clients who have psychiatric conditions and/or substance addiction. Grab your resume and stop by our job fair for an on-the-spot interview!

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