An extremely valuable career resource for undergraduate students is the Simmons alumnae/i population. Simmons alumnae were once in your shoes, looking for advice and guidance and not sure where to turn and how to go about it! By speaking with alumnae/i you can learn about career choices, career paths, get an inside look at the current job market and your field of interest, contact them for informational interviews, and more.
Whether you are searching for an internship, a full-time job, thinking about going to graduate school, or just exploring career options, you should consider tapping into the many services and resources the broader Simmons alumnae/i community offers. The following outlines some of those resources.
Simmons Hiring Simmons
Simmons' online job board, CareerLink, carries hundreds of internship and job opportunities, with typically 40-50 new postings per week. These are from employers specifically seeking to hire Simmons students. Within CareerLink, Simmons alumnae/i can post openings under the "Simmons Hiring Simmons" feature, so that you know a job is coming from a Simmons alum (or parent). When you go into "Job Search" on CareerLink, select "Job Posted by Simmons Alum or Parent?" and select "Yes" to see a list of these postings.
Keep an eye on the Career Events calendar. There may be specific alumnae/i networking events listed, but you will also find Simmons alumnae recruiting at career fairs, speaking on career panels, doing mock interviews, and appearing at many other types of career-related programs. Again, these are all terrific opportunities for you to connect with Simmons alums, who are here to help!
Simmons LinkedIn Group
Prefer networking virtually? Then check out the Simmons alumnae/i group on LinkedIn. All you need is a Simmons affiliation and your own Linked In profile. Apply to the administrator to join the group. Once admitted, stay up to date with member posts, discussion groups, job opportunities, and just use it for networking. It is a tremendous resource -- more professionals use LinkedIn than any other online professional networking resource.
While the above resources are available to all Simmons students, there are some more specialized alumnae/i career resources as well. The Success Connection Leadership Program is one of those, a unique opportunity for Simmons students to connect with Simmons alumnae. It is a mentoring program that pairs selected Simmons students with highly accomplished Simmons alumnae who volunteer to host a student for job shadowing at her place of work. Mentors are typically executive level alumnae and/or members of the Simmons Leadership Council (SLC). Student travel-related expenses are paid for by the Office of Alumni Relations. Most travel takes place in the Northeast and some shadowing experiences do not require travel outside of Massachusetts.
To learn more about this selective program, which is open for application to students who are in the spring semester of their junior year, visit the Success Connection pages in this section.
Alumnet is the Simmons alumnae/i website. It is your gateway to an alumnae/i community full of rich information and resources. You can visit it at any time.
Upon graduation, you will stay informed if you are registered on Alumnet. You will receive important information via the monthly Simmons E-News e-mail newsletter, including event information and many other non-career related benefits.
You can also link to the Simmons social networking sites such as the Simmons Alumnae/i group on Facebook and the Simmons LinkedIn group discussed above.
Most importantly, as a senior you can have access to the entire Simmons Alumnae/i Directory to search for alums that can provide career advice and guidance, find and network with alums that live and work in an area of interest to you, etc.
You can register for Alumnet by visiting My Alumnet, then choosing "Register" and using your student ID number to continue. Sign up with your permanent e-mail address (do not use your "simmons.edu" e-mail; instead use a permanent account such as GMail, Yahoo, Hotmail, etc.). For any questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-831-4284.
Check out the STEPS Career Development Plan
To learn more about the STEPS Career Development Plan based on the 5 Step Model and developed specifically for Simmons undergraduate students, visit the STEPS Plan page.
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Meet with a Career Coach
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Next Career Event
Sep 9, 2014 at 3:00pm at 439 South Union Street, Building 2, Lawrence, MA 01843