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 students make decisions about majors and careers.


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 your student to discuss the results 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. Additional assessment resources can also be found in the Simmons Library Self-Assessment Career Guide.


Connecting possible careers to a major is a challenge for many students. Through the second step in the CEC's career development process, Exploration, students 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.

The following are resources to aid students in this exploration process:

  • 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 in that field
  • Simmons Library Career Exploration guide - this guide has additional resources students need to learn about different careers, check the projected demand for various positions, find out salary ranges, and more
  • Simmons Undergraduate Majors, Minors and Programs - students can also gather information about over 40 majors offered at Simmons by looking at each of these pages on the CAS (College of Arts & Sciences) website
  • Meet with a career coach - when it comes to choosing a major or career direction, meeting with a CEC coach can be very helpful. Encourage your student to make an appointment with a career coach for personalized career coaching on choosing a major and its related career options.

For More Information

Learn more about how you can help your student around majors and careers by visiting Helping Your Student Succeed and Articles & Resources for parents and families, both in this section.

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.

Help Your Student Succeed

Students' parents and family members play a critical role in their student's career development and preparation for life after graduation. Learn more here

Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to common career-related questions from parents and families of Simmons students.

Next Career Event

Employer Information Table: Catholic Charities

Oct 27, 2014 at 11 AM - 2 PM at Main College Building, Fens Lobby (MCB Lower Level)

For more than 100 years, Catholic Charities has continued its mission of building a just and compassionate society rooted in the dignity of all people. The agency provides nearly 90 programs and services throughout Eastern Massachusetts. Their services respond to the needs of the poor and working poor, provide supportive services to children and families, and assist refugees and immigrants as they become active participants in their communities. Last year, Catholic Charities served over 200,000 people in need of all faiths. Catholic Charities has over 500 employees in different fields including child care, education, human services and nonprofit administration. To see a complete list of job openings visit They are an equal opportunity employer. For more information, drop by their employer information table on October 27 outside of the Fens.

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