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Simmons student gets a headstart on a political career in downtown Boston

Finding Your Path

Preparing our students for successful professional and personal lives is what we've been doing at Simmons for more than 100 years. It's not a sideline or an afterthought for us — it's our mission.

While not all of our students start out with a vision of their future, Simmons allows students to get hands-on experience, build impressive resumes, connect with alumnae, and ultimately find their path to a successful career.

At Simmons, all students are required to get practical professional experience in the form of an internship, fieldwork, research, or independent study. Why? We think the impressive achievements of our alumnae speak for themselves — we're proud that so many are able to take the tools and experience they get at Simmons and build meaningful lives and careers. One of the most important benefits of a Simmons education is joining an alumnae network 50,000 strong. When Simmons women succeed, they revel in the opportunity to help other Simmons women find their unique paths to success.

  • 94% Percentage of the Class of 2012 that was employed or in graduate school within one year of graduation, of which 86% were employed full-time. Of those working full time, 90% reported working in a job related or somewhat related to their major.
  • Top employment fields for the Class of 2012: health care, business & finance, education, government, and communications and media.
  • $45,800The average starting salary for the Class of 2012 beat the national average of $42,666 at

Companies that hired members of the Class of 2012 included:

  • Americorp
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Boston Children's Hospital
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Digitas
  • EMC
  • Forrester Research
  • Funny or Die
  • Google
  • Healthworks Fitness Centers for Women
  • Horizons for Homeless Children
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • Jackson Laboratory
  • Lowell Public Schools
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Millennium Pharmaceuticals
  • MIT
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Museum of Fine Arts
  • Office of the Governor of MA
  • Perkins School for the Blind
  • Propel Marketing
  • Simmons College
  • State House of Representatives (MA)
  • Sun Life Financial
  • Travelers Insurance
  • University of California
  • US Navy
  • WGBH
  • Yale-New Haven Hospital

Graduate schools in which members of the Class of 2012 enrolled included:

  • Cornell University (Veterinary Medecine)
  • Baltimore School of Law
  • Bentley University (Business Administration)
  • Boston University (Biostatistics)
  • Columbia School of Social Work
  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Morehouse School of Medicine
  • Pennsylvania State University (Doctorate in Neuroscience)
  • Simmons College (Special Education, Teaching, Business Administration, Library and Information Science, Physical Therapy)

The Simmons Alumnae/i Network

Simmons students with Alumnae Jill Zarin (in the red dress)

Networking was cited as the #1 method of finding employment by members of the Class of 2012, highlighting the importance of developing networking skills, and the potential benefits of plugging into a robust alumnae/i network while still on campus.

With over 50,000 people in the Simmons alumnae/i network, the networking opportunities for undergraduates are endless! In addition to providing resources, career counseling, for-credit career courses, and other services, the Career Education Center at Simmons, in partnership with the Office of Alumnae/i Relations, also facilitates connections between current students and alumnae/i. For example, the Success Connection Leadership Program connects Simmons seniors with successful alumnae/i for onsite mentoring and job shadowing in some of the most dynamic work environments in the country.

Recent mentors include:

  • Olivia Cohen-Cutler '75, VP, Senior Vice President, Policy and Standards, ABC
  • Kristen Ingersoll '89, Fashion & Entertainment Editor Hearst Magazines International (NYC)
  • Lisa J.B. Peterson '03, President and Founder, Lantern Financial, LLC (Boston, MA)
  • Suzanne Fortier '82, Director of Museum Development, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design
  • Ellen Janos, Esq. '73, Partner, Mintz Levin