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STEPS Career Development Plan

STEPS = Steps To Explore Prepare Succeed

The STEPS Career Development Plan provides an action plan for you to follow to help you acquire knowledge about yourself, career paths, and academic and career opportunities. Career decision-making is a process, and while activities are suggested over your four years as a Simmons undergraduate, you can also set your own pace in pursuing career development and use the timeline accordingly. If you get started in your first year, work with a career coach, and take advantage of the CEC's programs and resources, you will be better prepared to make informed and meaningful career decisions.

You can download a printable copy of the STEPS Career Development Plan here. You can also store it electronically and check off your progress as you go.

Here is the same plan in interactive form with links to key additional information and resources:

STEP 1 - ASSESSMENT: First Years

Get to know yourself - Begin to identify your values, interests, skills, personal traits and career satisfiers in order to identify the ingredients of a good career "fit":

STEP 2 - EXPLORATION: Sophomores

Explore and research career possibilities - Learn the connections between courses, concentrations and careers, and discover the benefits of experiential learning. Learn how to:

STEP 3 - PREPARATION: Juniors

Develop your resume and cover letter writing skills. Refine your career goals and strategy -
Through informational interviewing, internships, and relevant part-time and summer jobs, "test the waters" and determine a potential career direction:

STEP 4 - IMPLEMENTATION: Seniors

Develop and implement your job search or graduate school strategy - Develop the skills you need to accomplish your goals:

STEP 5 - DECISION-MAKING: Seniors

Make an informed and meaningful career decision - Gain insight into necessary professional development skills to be successful:

  • Analyze job offers/graduate school admissions and weigh your options
  • Meet with a career coach to walk through your decision-making
  • Consider the practical aspects of life after Simmons, and attend the senior series in the spring to help make this transition
  • Join the Simmons alumnae/i network, Alumnet and LinkedIn, a social networking site for professionals
  • Learn and practice the basics of negotiating