The following is a set of articles and resources for parents and families that supplement the resources found elsewhere in this section and the CEC website. Many of them come from other colleges and university websites with valuable insights and advice on the career process:

About Career Development and Career Services

  • The Value of Career Services - shows statistical results and related findings from a National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) survey
  • An Open Letter to Students and Parents - a great primer on what a career services offices can (and cannot) do to help students move forward in their career development.Written by the Director of Communication Career Services at University of Texas-Austin.
  • Top 10 Career Strategies for Freshmen and Sophomores - emphasizes that becoming marketable to employers or graduate schools is a four-year job. Reprint of a NACE article from the University of Rhode Island website.
  • Why Grads Should Take a Gap Year - though dating to 2009, this article makes the case that "For many graduates, burned out from four (or more) years of intense study, taking a year to do something less pressured can be a hugely positive experience with great pay-off longer-term." From Harvard Business Review blogger Tammy Erickson.

Advice and Information for Parents

Let Us Know

We hope to add more helpful articles over time. If you are a parent or family member of a Simmons student and come across an article or resource you would like to bring to our attention, please let us know at careers@simmons.edu.  

About the CEC's Services

The CEC serves as the main career resource for all Simmons undergraduates and for four of the five graduate schools. Learn about the array of services we offer.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Next Career Event

REGISTRATION OPENS: Road Trips to the Real World

Nov 1, 2014 at 1:00 AM (Ongoing through 12/12/2014) at Various Locations

WHERE WILL YOU BE DURING JANUARY BREAK? If you will be in the eastern region, from Maine down through Virginia, take advantage of the Road Trips to the Real World program, a series of employer site visits from January 5 - 16, 2015. This is your opportunity to get your foot in the door, literally, of participating employers… but space is limited so sign up right away. For some sites, spots fill up VERY quickly, so act now. The registration deadline has been extended to December 12th, 2014; register at http://eace.site-ym.com/?598. At each site, you will get an in-depth look at how the business operates and see firsthand the potential jobs that are available. You will also network with employees and get a head start on your career choice. This is an opportunity you do not want to miss!

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