Second Year

Second Year Students

Simmons Course 2 - Experience - Career Resources

Career planning is a continuous process of thinking about your VIPS (values, interests, personality preferences and skills), exploring work and learning options, and then making decisions about what is a good fit for you and your life. Sophomore year is a good time to build on the self-assessment you may have done in your First Year and continue your exploration.

This semester's featured Assessment Tool: Do What You Are™ 

Do What You Are is a proven online personality type assessment. The assessment generates an individualized report that provides you with an explanation of personality type, your natural strengths and blind spots, college satisfiers, career satisfiers, preferred learning style, communication preferences, interpersonal negotiating style, and potential careers and majors. This assessment takes 15 minutes to complete and your report is provided instantly after completion.

To create your account: Visit this page and click Log in at the top right of the screen. To register as a new user, enter the Access Key: 298C2XW and click submit. Then enter the registration information and click Save. Make a note of your username and password for future access to your DWYA portfolio.

For additional information check out this Quick Start Guide
Resources to Explore Majors and Careers

Undecided about your major?

When deciding on a major or career, you may find it helpful to first identify your VIPS (Values, Interests, Personality preferences and Skills). If you would like to do additional self-assessment, check out Assess Who You Are in the Career Toolkit.

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Want to learn more about what you can do with a particular major that interests you?

What Can I Do With This Major? - This online resource provides detailed employment information for over 75 different majors, including potential areas of employment, types of employers and occupations, and strategies to pursue and obtain those jobs.

Want to explore a particular major, occupation or career?

The Career Toolkit Explore Majors and Careers page provides more on this topic with links to additional resources.

Conduct Informational Interviews

A great way to explore possible jobs or careers is to conduct Informational Interviews with people in fields that interest you.

An informational interview is a 20-30 minute meeting that you set up with an individual, preferably face-to-face, to obtain career advice, information, and referrals (AIR). It is not, however, a time to inquire about specific internship or job opportunities!

What's in it for You?

Two important benefits of informational interviews are: 1) that you have the opportunity to get an "insider" point of view on career topics; and 2) that you can obtain a work world "reality check" on what you've read, heard or thought. Consequently, informational interviews can be very helpful in the process of choosing a major or career path.

Watch this five minute Informational Interview video and learn all about it.

You’ll find additional resources on Optimize Your Networking in the Career Toolkit.

Explore Doing an Internship

An internship is a great way to explore careers and learn more about a potential field. It gives you the chance to put academic theory into practice and experience what a work environment is really like. A good internship provides the opportunity to develop your current skills and learn new ones. Internships also help you clarify your career goals as you discover what types of work you like - and don't like - to do, and therefore help you decide the kinds of careers you might decide to pursue.

How to Find an Internship

Finding the right internship can be time consuming and many internship opportunities have early application deadlines, so get started early. To begin, download Six Steps to Finding an Internship. You should also work with your faculty adviser and/or the internship coordinator in your department.


When it comes time to research internship listings you have a wealth of resources at your disposal. Primary among these is Handshake, the Simmons online job board, listing internship and job postings that are updated daily. These opportunities are posted by recruiters seeking Simmons interns and full-time employees. Dozens of new job and internship listings are posted every week. Many listings are local as employers know that Simmons students seek internships at Greater Boston organizations during the semester.

Find additional information and resources for finding an internship on Pursue an Internship.

Attend a Career Event

Attending a career event is another way to obtain information about careers, jobs, internships and employers. The CEC regularly schedules employer information sessions, career fairs, on-campus interviews and numerous other career and networking events that you can attend.

See the full calendar of upcoming career events here.