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"The Simmons Difference" to Career Preparation

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"Simmons College can help kick start your career and get you where you want to go...Simmons graduates are well rounded at the end of their four years of study, and they leave campus ready for the world."
     - The Kaplan Guidebook, You Are Here: A Guide to Over 380 Colleges and
        Universities and Unlimited Paths to Your Future (2008)


A Revolutionary Idea
In 1899, decades before women in America gained the right to vote, John Simmons had an idea that was truly revolutionary for the time-- to create an institution where women could prepare for lifelong, meaningful career success. Today the College--at all levels-- continues this mission of preparing students for professional success.
Simmons provides an environment that empowers women to be leaders in their professions - and to have meaningful lives.

Simmons students receive extraordinary professional preparation, with an emphasis on intellectual exploration, analytical skills, and real-world experience. This preparation has secured our excellent reputation among employers in such fields as biotechnology, health care, business, publishing, broadcasting, finance, the arts, information science, government, and education.

Experiential learning is central to each student's experience at Simmons. Our students gain practical experience through internships, clinical placements, practicums, field study, service learning, and study abroad. Our location in the heart of Boston enables students to secure part-time, summer, and internship opportunities while studying for their degrees, so they gain the experience they need to succeed in a variety of workplaces. It all adds up to what we call "The Simmons Difference".

Selected Employers That Recently Hired Simmons Graduates Full-time: Selected Recent Internship Sites for Simmons Students:
American Cancer Society Arnold Worldwide
Boston Health Care for the Homeless Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Boston Housing Authority Blink Music
Boston Latin School Boston Public Schools
Boston Scientific Corporation Brigham & Women's Hospital
Brigham & Women's Hospital Children's Hospital
Children's Hospital Clean Air Task Force
City on a Hill Public Charter School Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Commonwealth of Massachusetts Gillette
Congressional Quarterly Greater Boston Food Bank
Crate & Barrel Head Start
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Hill Holliday
E.F. Education Home for Little Wanderers
Harvard School of Public Health IBM/Lotus
Hill Holliday Lockheed Martin
JP Morgan Chase Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health
Lexington Public Schools Massachusetts Dept. of Transportation
Massachusetts General Hospital Museum of Fine Arts
New England Baptist Hospital One Laptop Per Child
One Laptop Per Child Peat Marwick
Partners Healthcare PricewaterhouseCoopers
Pearson Publishing Raytheon
Perkins School for the Blind Smith Barney
Riverside Community Care State Street Bank
State Street Corporation Wellesley Public Schools
Teach for America WCVB-TV
US Agency for International Development
Wellington Management Company

Career Education at Simmons
One on One Guidance: Faculty advisers--experts in their fields--help you land invaluable internships, research positions and jobs. Faculty members also work closely with the Career Education Center to bring career education specialists into the classroom to present on relevant career topics. For instance, career education specialists have presented on "Psychology Careers and Graduate Options" in Psych courses, and "Negotiating Salaries" in Communications courses. In addition to a faculty adviser, each student is also assigned a Career Coach, a professional staff member from the CEC, who acts as an adviser for all things career-related.

Students Learn By Doing: Simmons' rigorous liberal arts curriculum that blends theory with real world applications, continually asks students to apply the theories they are learning in the classroom to solve real world problems. For instance, Professor Ed Viera's Advertising 326 uses the case study method. Student teams produce real work for real clients--like the NCIS and the Big Sister organization.

What's unique about Simmons' approach to career preparation is that students are required to start thinking about and planning for their future careers in their very first semester here! In the First Year Experience class, Simmons students identify their individual VIPS (Values, Interests, Skills and Personality type) in order to connect these to potential majors and careers. Additionally, students may choose to enroll in Humanities 370, a course designed by the Career Education Center staff that runs in parallel to an internship. In this course, students learn about pre-professional skills, behaviors, and competencies necessary for future career success, and how to leverage their internship to open further doors.

mar2011_piechart.jpgA Cutting-Edge Career Education Center: A vital link between academic preparation and career readiness, the Career Education Center (CEC) helps you discover who you are and how to find the careers that are right for you. No matter what you dream, the CEC can help you pursue it. And the CEC's services will be available to you throughout your life!

The CEC is staffed by a team of experienced career professionals that provides comprehensive career services and resources. The CEC's Five Step Career Development Model provides a core curriculum that prepares students and alumnae/i with skill development and learning outcomes that demonstrate knowledge of self, career paths and options, and employment and graduate opportunities. Through skill-building workshops inside the classroom and career coaching on a one on one basis, students and alumnae/i acquire the career skills for lifelong career management.

Career Education Center Primary Resources
  • Individual Career Counseling and Coaching
  • Unique at Simmons, we provide career education integrated into the curriculum. This means your professors work collaboratively with career specialists to bring targeted career-focused presentations into the classroom across all majors! For instance, the CEC provides Education majors with an in-class presentation called "Resume, Cover Letter, Interviewing, and Strategies for Teaching Job Fairs."
  • Skill-Building Workshops
  • Employer Recruiting Events
  • Regularly Updated Job Postings on CareerLink and CA$H
  • The Career Resource Library houses a variety of resources--both on campus and online-- to assist you in developing your career.
Working closely with the Alumni Relations Office, the CEC develops programming and networking events and provides Mentoring and Job Shadowing Opportunities that often lead to careers. Simmons students take advantage of once in a lifetime opportunities-- like the Success Connection Leadership Program and the Mosaic Multicultural Mentoring Program -- that connect you with leading professionals in your field of interest. Learn more about jumpstarting your career.

The CEC works in partnership with the Career Resource Library (CRL) in providing the latest resources that target departments and market trends. The CRL has an extensive collection of both print and online career resources. Librarians provide personalized career research assistance to students and alumnae/i for career exploration, industry/company research, graduate, fellowship and funding sources.

mar2011_careerfair.jpgThe CEC's Employer Relations Program has a focus on increasing job and internship opportunities through active outreach with targeted employers. Students have numerous opportunities to attend recruiting events, career fairs and employer programs throughout the year such as the Spring Career and Internship Fair, the Communications Career Information Exchange, the Green Networking & Careers Fair, the Government Careers Information Forum, and many more.

Finally, the Simmons CareerLink online job board: lists hundreds of open positions in industry, health, education, government, public affairs, human services and other fields, including internships, part-time,full-time, and summer jobs. A listing of on- and off-campus student employment openings funded by an organization or the Federal Work-Study Program can be found on the CA$H website.

"You can carve your own career path and we can help you do it."
   
    - The Simmons Career Education Center Career Specialists

Where our Graduates Go...
Annual Fund and Campaign Manager, The Home for Little Wanderers
Assistant Director of Annual Giving, New England Conservatory
Assistant Vice President & Marketing Manager, Eaton Vance Management
Associate Editor, Children's Books, Houghton Mifflin Company
Director of Development, Boston University School of Public Health
Economist, Bureau of Labor Statistics
Lawyer, Shea Stokes & Carter
Owner, The Mad Raven Restaurant
President/Founder, Lantern Financial
President/Florist, Bloomsies Floral
Press Secretary, New York City Buildings Department
Senior Financial Analyst, Staples
Senior Premium Auditor, Travelers Insurance Company
Senior Regional Marketing Associate, Putnam Investments
Vice President, Boston Biomedical Consultants
Wildlife Researcher, Florida State University