5-Step Career Development Model

The 5-STEP Career Development Model provides a comprehensive framework for assessing skills and establishing learning outcomes that demonstrate knowledge of self, career paths, and academic and career opportunities. Career decision-making is a process, and you can set your own pace in pursuing career development accordingly. If you 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.

CEC Five Step Career Model

Step 1: Assessment

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

Explore and research career possibilities - Learn the connections between academic programs, experiential learning, previous professional experiences, and careers:

Step 3: Preparation

Develop your resume and cover letter writing skills; refine your career goals and strategy - Through informational interviewing, internships, and part-time/temporary or summer jobs, "test the waters" and determine a potential career direction:

Step 4: Implementation

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

Step 5: Decision-Making

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

  • Refer back to your career goals, interests, strengths, and values for guidance
  • 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
  • Learn and practice the basics of negotiating
  • Assess Your Career Readiness

5 STEP Career Development Checklist

Undergraduate 5 STEP Career Development Checklist