Helping Your Student Succeed

Students' parents and family members play a critical role in their student's career development and preparation for life after graduation. Considerable research has indicated that close relationships with family help students adjust to university life, make effective career choices, and develop self-confidence.

The CEC is also here to support and guide your student in preparing for her future. The development of career readiness is a process that occurs over time and consequently, students benefit greatly by engaging in the STEPS Career Development Plan early in their college career.

What You Can Do

Ways you can be helpful during this career development process include: offering the support she needs; sharing information on your and others' careers; offering feedback on her strengths and weaknesses; sharing contacts in your network; and motivating her by maintaining a positive attitude about her career exploration and development efforts.

Another important way you can help your student at Simmons is to encourage her to take advantage of the many career services, programs, and resources that are readily available through the CEC and elsewhere. Once you are aware of these, you might do any of the following:

  • Encourage her to check out the Career Toolkit - the Toolkit includes information on topics ranging from exploring graduate school to writing a resume and managing a job or internship search
  • Suggest exploring Simmons' rich collection of career resources - these include dozens of Career Guides on the Beatley Library website. The Princeton Review has recognized Simmons as having outstanding career resources.
  • Refer her to Explore Majors and Careers - if she is uncertain of what major to choose or has decided to change to another, this is an excellent place to start. It's not at all unusual for students to change majors, often more than once, before their junior year.
  • Review CEC Career Events & Programs - these include employer campus visits, alumnae/i panels, on- and off-campus career fairs, career skill-building workshops and programs, and more
  • Encourage your student to do an internship - internships provide an essential introduction to the world of work. Over 80% of Simmons students do an internship during their undergraduate years and many do more than one. Students who major in English, History, Modern Languages, Philosophy, and Women and Gender Studies and do a 370 level internship also take the CEC's Humanities 370 Career Development Course, taught by CEC career professionals.
  • Make your student aware that she has access to Handshake. This CEC-maintained online job board is where internship and job listings are posted from employers seeking to hire Simmons students. Student Employment is a separate database carrying campus jobs, including work-study and general positions.
  • Encourage your student to tap into the broad network of Simmons Alumnae/i through Alumnet - your daughter will gain access to the web-based Alumnet Directory her senior year and can connect with alumnae/i in her field for informational interviews, and more.
  • Recommend that she make an appointment with a CEC career coach - Simmons students can make an appointment with a career coach at any time to discuss any aspect of their career development or needs. The CEC coach will use an approach tailored to your student's needs and developmental level.
The key is to support and guide your student but let her make the choices. It is her life, her career, and if she makes the big decisions then she will be that much more invested in their successful outcome.

For More Information

For answers to career-related questions often asked by students' parents and family members, visit the FAQ page in this section.

You should also review the pertinent Articles & Resources on helping your student succeed, including such helpful articles as "A Parent's Guide to Career Development." Many parents and family members find these resources not only enlightening but reassuring.

We look forward to working with your student during her time at Simmons!