Be a Resource
To paraphrase a recent book title, "It takes a community to raise a student". As part of the Simmons community, parents and families of Simmons students are in a position to contribute not only to the career development of their own student but to the career needs of other Simmons students as well. We recognize that many of you are in the working world and have much that you can offer to our students. Along with faculty, staff, alumnae/i, employers, and other constituencies, it all adds up to what we call the Simmons career learning community.
Ways to Help
Below are several ways that you can help give to the Simmons community in valuable career-related ways:
- Post jobs and/or internships - Simmons' online job board, CareerLink, is free of charge to employers seeking to hire Simmons students or alums for internship or full-time positions. The "Simmons Hiring Simmons" feature allows jobs to be identified as coming from within the Simmons community.
- Exhibit at a career fair - the CEC produces several fairs on campus during the academic year as well as several off-campus events in collaboration with other area colleges. See the CEC Events calendar.
- Host an Info Table or Info Session - visit campus and we will set you up with a table in our highly trafficked Fens Dining lobby at lunchtime, or you can present to a group of students in the CEC's Career Resource Center or another room on campus.
- Host an Informational Interview - this CEC-recommended career exploration tool is a way that you can share your knowledge with a current student seeking to learn about your industry and area of expertise.
- Host a Job Shadow - if you would be willing to have a Simmons student visit you for part or all or of a typical workday to learn about your industry and role.
- Mentor a student - this could be as part of our undergraduate Success Connection program, produced in conjunction with the Simmons Office of Alumni Relations.
- Host a Site Visit - this is another great career exploration tool. We would work with you to find a mutually convenient time to bring a group of interested students to your workplace for a tour and information session.
- Speak on a career panel or other program - hosted here on campus, career panels are usually focused on a given industry or segment. Other career programs can cover a range of topics and formats.
- Be a mock interviewer - typically with seniors and/or graduate students preparing to enter the full-time job market.
- Be a guest speaker in the classroom - we would work with faculty in the appropriate academic department to arrange your classroom visit.
- Participate in career networking events - held on- or off-campus with current Simmons students, alums, and others in the Simmons community.
- Serve on the Career Advisory Council - the CEC's advisory group meets 3-4 times/year to discuss CEC initiatives and programs.
Make a Financial Contribution
Parents and family members can also be a source of funding for career-related activities or CEC programs, of particular interest during the Making Education Work campaign and as the college moves ahead with Strategy 2015, with its emphasis on "Preparation for life's work" among other core values at Simmons. One such opportunity is to be a donor for our on-campus Student Leadership programs and events.
Here are some specific links for those considering a financial contribution to the general Simmons annual giving fund:
For More Information
In addition to the above we are open to other ideas from parents and families willing to contribute to the career learning community at Simmons. To learn more about how you can help or if you have a career-related idea you'd like to share with the CEC, contact Douglas Eisenhart, Associate Director, Career Education Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-521-2481.
For additional information for parents and families of current Simmons students, visit the Parents and Families page on the Simmons website.
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
Mar 3, 2015 at 3 PM - 6 PM at Linda K. Paresky Conference Center, MCB Third Floor