Attending college is an adventure of self-discovery, and at Simmons we want your investment to yield a lifelong return. Simmons provides an environment that empowers young women to be leaders in their profession — and to lead meaningful lives.
The Career Education Center (CEC) will help you discover who you are and how to find the career that is right for you. No matter what your dream, the CEC can help you pursue it. Whether you are deciding on a major or career, looking for an internship, considering graduate school, or beginning your first professional job search, the CEC is here to help you prepare for your life's work. The CEC takes its commitment to students seriously, helping you discover your passion and how to link that passion to lifelong purpose, honoring the Simmons promise to put you first. And, our services are available to you throughout your lifetime.
As you embark on your undergraduate studies, and at any point in your time at Simmons, the CEC can make a difference. Throughout this section you will find rich resources to help you as you set out on your adventure of self-discovery.
STEPS Career Development Plan
The STEPS Career Development Plan provides a four-year action plan for you to follow to help you acquire knowledge about yourself, career paths, and academic and career opportunities. By following the STEPS Plan you will be prepared for the college-to-career transition when you graduate, and for your career management well beyond. Check out the STEPS Plan here.
Meet One-on-One with a Career Coach
The CEC provides individual career coaching to address any of your career concerns. You can learn more about career coaching here.
Make an Appointment
To make an appointment to meet with a career coach, simply call the CEC at 617-521-2488 or visit us. We are located in the SOM/Academic Building, Suite M107-M112, on the 1st floor.
Have a brief question? Need your resume or cover letter reviewed? We also hold Weekly Drop-In Hours. You can stop by for a 15-minute drop-in session with a career coach. Drop-in hours are offered year-round on Mondays and Tuesdays, 3:00-4:30 PM, and Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1:30-3:00 PM, in the CEC
For resume reviews, we suggest you first review the information in Write a Resume and look at some sample resumes to get started.
Check Out the Career Toolkit
The CEC's Career Toolkit can assist you in all aspects of your career planning. If you are unsure of your career direction, want to discover your strengths and interests, need help with your job search, need to learn how to network, get ready for that big interview, or apply to grad school — it's all there! You will find all the resources you need to begin your career preparation in the Career Toolkit.
Career Events and Programs
The CEC offers a range of career-related events throughout the academic year. Our Workshops & Programs include workshops on resumes and cover letters, professional networking tools such as LinkedIn, mock interviews, and more. Employer and Recruiting Events include both on- and off-campus career fairs, employer information sessions, networking sessions, alumnae/i career panels, on-campus interviewing, and more.
Job and Internship Listings
The CEC maintains two different job boards that carry listings for students. CareerLink is the primary database for full-time jobs, internships, part-time work, fellowships, and some volunteer opportunities. Learn more about setting up your free account and registering for CareerLink here.
The CEC's other job board, CA$H, provides access to on-campus jobs, including work-study jobs as well as general campus employment for all students, as well as off-campus work-study opportunities. Visit the CA$H page here to learn more about setting up your account and getting started.
Additional job and internship listings can be found via the Career Resources page.
Career Videos and Webinars
Looking for a quick burst of info on a specific career-related topic, such as "Career Fair Success" or "Top 10 Interview Mistakes"? Then check out the short videos available through CareerSpots including several 1-minute "CareerBytes".
The CEC website also provides access to webinars on career-related topics as they become available, delivered by experts across a range of subjects. For instance, if you want information on getting into graduate school, check out the webinar on "Gaining Admission to Graduate School".
In addition to the wealth of resources available to you on this site, the CEC also collaborates with the Beatley Library on the development and maintenance of in-depth career resources. This includes both the print collection available at Beatley and extensive online resources, many of which are focused on specific fields of employment and career topics. Visit the Career Resources section of the library site to explore the full breadth and depth of the career guides available.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Where is the CEC located?
The Career Education Center is located on the Academic Campus (300 The Fenway) in the School of Management/Academic Building. We are on the first (ground) floor in Suite M107-M112. For directions and maps, click here.
- What services does the CEC provide?
The CEC helps students with all aspects of career planning and job search. We provide career coaching through scheduled one-on-one appointments and during drop-in hours, when students can come in without an appointment to get answers to quick questions. For more information on career coaching click here. For a full list of CEC services provided for undergraduates visit the CEC Services page.
- When should I start using the CEC?
You can begin using the CEC anytime in your first year at Simmons. First year students are assigned a career coach and encouraged to meet with them as part of their FYE assignments.
Students should use the CEC as their needs dictate, but it's never too early to get started. Look over the STEPS Career Development Plan timeline for the list of suggested career activities by year.
- How do I schedule a meeting with a career coach?
You can call 617-521-2488 or stop by the CEC office, Suite M107-M112 on the ground floor of the SOM/Academic Building and one of our office assistants will help you schedule an appointment.
- Can I just come into the office if I urgently need career advice?
Yes. The CEC has Drop-in Hours when you can ask and get answers to quick questions. These are 15-minute meetings that are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Check the CEC hours for the drop-in schedule.
- How many times can I use the CEC?
You can use the CEC as often as you'd like during your time at Simmons. A student may schedule one appointment per week during the school year, but can come to Drop-in Hours as often as needed each week.
- Can the CEC help me pick a major or career?
Absolutely! We have a variety of assessments to help you discover your values, interests, personality type, and skills. We'll meet with you to discuss what's important to you and make suggestions to help you with deciding on a major or starting your career exploration.
- What are the career options for my major?
You can meet with a career coach to explore your options. You can also check out your options online by reviewing "What can I do with a major in…?", or visit our research guides on the library's Career Resources by Discipline pages.
- How can I get help with my resume?
You can make an appointment with a CEC career coach or stop by during Drop-in Hours. We strongly suggest that you review the information on the Career Toolkit Write a Resume page first and look at some samples to help you get started.
- Can the CEC help me find an internship?
Yes. Visit the Pursue an Internship page in the Career Toolkit for more information about internships. You can also meet with a career coach to discuss strategy and update your resume and cover letter. Check out CareerLink for internship postings. Check out the library's career resources on internships. And remember to ask faculty for recommendations as well — most academic departments have a designated internship coordinator.
- Does the CEC offer a course to help students with career development?
Yes. The CEC staff teaches a career preparation course, Humanities 370 which is a requirement for English, History, Modern Languages, Philosophy, and WGST majors who enroll in the 370 internship course for their major. The CEC also teaches career related skill-building workshops that are open to all students. See the CEC Events Calendar for upcoming workshops.
- What are some steps that I should be taking to find a job?
There are several things you can do, including reviewing the Job Search Checklist and making an appointment with a career coach to discuss your job search strategy, get started on your resume, or conduct a practice interview. For full information visit the Manage Your Job Search page in the Career Toolkit.
- How do I find out about career-related workshops and events?
The CEC maintains an updated calendar of events. We also advertise on the portal Campus Announcements system, the campus MDS screens, and our own social media sites, among other outlets. Become a fan of the CEC on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and get regular updates there as well.
- Does Simmons hold any career fairs or other employer recruitment events on campus?
The CEC sponsors on-campus career fairs, recruiting events, and employer information tables and sessions throughout the academic year. We also list numerous off-campus events of interest to Simmons students, including those we produce in partnership with other area colleges. See the Career Events page for more info.
- I need to get an on-campus job as part of my financial aid package. What do I need to do?
Work-study and other general employment on-campus job listings are available on the CASH (Convenient Access to Student Hires) online database maintained by the CEC. You will also need to contact the Simmons Financial Services office about related requirements in order to work on campus. Visit the CA$H page for more info.
- What is the STEPS Plan?
The STEPS Plan (STEPS = Steps To Explore Prepare Succeed) is the CEC's four-year timeline of suggested career planning and development steps for Simmons undergraduates. Learn more here.
- What is Success Connection?
The Success Connection Leadership Program is a unique mentoring program at Simmons that connects seniors with post-graduate opportunities by pairing them with highly accomplished Simmons alumnae who volunteer to host a student for job-shadowing at her place of work. Learn more about the Success Connection program, including how and when to apply for the program, by visiting the Success Connection page.
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.
Find a Job or Internship
Meet with a Career Coach
Wondering where to start? Let us help. Drop by Tuesday from 3:00-4:30 or Wednesday from 1:30-3:00; or, make an appointment at a time convenient to you.
Next Career Event
Sep 9, 2014 at 3:00pm at 439 South Union Street, Building 2, Lawrence, MA 01843