Career Coaching

Learning how to manage your career over a lifetime is very important to your career success and satisfaction. Statistics show that, on average, over your work life you may change jobs over ten times and change careers three to five times. Knowing how to best navigate these changes will be invaluable for your future career planning and decision-making.

The 5 Step Career Development Model

The Career Education Center follows the 5 Step Career Development Model in providing career services and resources to alumnae/i. This comprehensive approach encompasses self-assessment, career exploration, preparation for your job search, implementation of your career plan and informed decision-making. It fosters skill development and learning outcomes that develop your knowledge of self, career paths, and career opportunities.

Why Meet with a Career Coach?

Maybe you're considering a career change or are returning to the workforce after an extended absence. You might be questioning if you should further your education or seek special training. Perhaps you've set your sights on a promotion or a volunteer position. The CEC can help you with these important decisions. Our team of career professionals provides individual career coaching to help you identify and eliminate barriers to your professional success.

And since career development is an on-going process that occurs throughout your career, your career coach will help you acquire the knowledge and skills that will enable you to continue to move forward as you transition into a new position. Topics we address are:

  • Job search skills
  • Work/life transitions
  • Re-entering the workforce
  • Exploring further education
  • Careers in Second Adulthood 
  • . . .and more
For instance, together you might decide to use career assessment tools, such as the MBTI, when determining career options that would be a good fit. Or, you might find it helpful to focus on clarifying your career goals, developing your job search skills, or leveraging career resources, such as the collection of e-resources in the Beatley Library Career Guides.

Typical Alumnae/i Questions about Career Planning

If you feel you are encountering some of the following questions and issues, you may benefit from working with a CEC career professional:

  • "I am ready for a career change" (or) "I was laid off" (or) "I am ready to reenter the workforce" - How do I explore my career options? (See Exploring Careers)
  • Where can I find online career resources for career changers? (See the Library Guide for Career Changers)
  • What are some effective approaches to networking? (See Optimize Your Networking) 
  • How do I develop an effective resume and cover letter? (See Write a Resume and Write a Job Search Letter)
  • What is a job search strategy and how do I go about finding a job? (See Manage Your Job Search)
  • How do I prepare for an interview? (See Prepare to Interview)
  • What do employers want? (See Top 10 Skills and Qualities Employers Seek in New College Grads)

Set Up an Appointment or Drop In

As a Simmons alumna/us, you can make up to four (4) free appointments in person or by phone each year. Appointments may be for a half-hour or for a full hour. To schedule an appointment with a CEC career coach you may call the CEC at 617-521-2488, e-mail us at, or just stop by the CEC. The CEC is located in the Center for Student Success, on the ground floor of the Lefavour Building. You can also stop by during Drop-in Hours to meet with a coach on a first-come, first-served basis for 15 minutes. Drop-in hours are held during the academic year, every Monday - Thursday from 2:00-3:30 PM.