Help Your Student Succeed

Parents, family and faculty play a critical role in their student's career development and preparation for life after graduation. Considerable research has indicated that close relationships with family help students adjust to university life, make effective career choices, and develop self-confidence.

What you can do

An important way you can help your student at Simmons is to encourage them to take advantage of the many career services, programs, and resources that are readily available through the CEC and elsewhere. Once you are aware of these, you might do any of the following:

  • Encourage your student to check out the 5-Step Career Development Model which provides them with a guide to assist in each step of their career development.   
  • Have them explore the Career Planning and Resources section of the CEC site which includes information on topics ranging from career exploration to resumes, networking, managing a job or internship search, and much more.
  • Explore the academic programs at Simmons University if your student is uncertain of what program to choose or has decided to change to another.
  • Check out upcoming CEC career events - these include employer campus visits, alumnae/i panels, on- and off-campus career fairs, career skill-building workshops and programs, and more.
  • Make your student aware that they have access to Handshake. This CEC-maintained online job board is where internship and job listings are posted from employers seeking to hire Simmons students.
  • Recommend that your student make an appointment with a CEC career coach. Simmons students can make an appointment with a career coach at any time to discuss any aspect of their career development or needs. The CEC coach will use an approach tailored to your student's needs and developmental level.

The key is to support and guide your student but let her make the choices. It is her life, her career, and if she makes the big decisions then she will be that much more invested in their successful outcome.