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Our seniors are graduating on Friday, May 18, and although we are sad to see them go, we wish them the best of luck in the future. Many of our soon-to-be graduates already have jobs lined up. Some will be traveling near, and some far. Either way, we know they will go out and make a difference in the world.

To our graduating seniors: Don't forget Simmons when you leave this place, and please keep us updated with what's happening in your life. Like us on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter, and join the alumnae/i network to keep in touch. Best of luck and congratulations!


Looking for a job? The Simmons College Career Education Center (CEC) recently launched a new, interactive website that provides Simmons students and alumni with several online resources for career planning. Visitors to the site can explore the CEC's career tool kit, find jobs and internships, meet with a career coach, and more.

"The new site is a comprehensive career resource that emphasizes the importance of career preparation in a Simmons education," says Career Education Center Director Andrea Wolf. "We hope that students will see it as their 'Career Preparation Destination.'"

New features on the site include, how-to guides on writing resumes and cover letters; the CEC's four-year STEPS Career Development Plan for undergraduate students; graduate employment surveys; a list of hiring employees; and a new blog highlighting expert information, key events, and career advice.

Krista Evans '12, who's graduating in May, says the new design looks modern and fresh, and the dropdown menu makes it easy for visitors to find exactly what they need.

"The new CEC website is much easier to use and has been super helpful," says Krista. "I've been perusing it once or twice a week to see what new jobs have been posted."

Let us know what you think! Check out the new Career Education Center website at

With graduation only a few months away, students are considering what they want to do with their post-college life. Many students have a passion for exploring new places and decide to work and travel abroad. The experience can really make an applicant stand out when applying to jobs in the future. Employers value applicants that bring a unique global perspective to the company. So, where should you look? We asked the Study Abroad Office for some suggestions on the best organizations to go through for seniors who want to work and travel abroad after graduation.


BUNAC offers students and young professionals the opportunity to work and intern in Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and Canada. The organization has packages that can include: securing the necessary visas, assistance with job or internship placement, informational orientation, special flight deals, emergency assistance and airport transfer.

Work and Travel Ireland

With Work and Travel Ireland, students and young professional can work anywhere in Ireland for up to four months for the summer program and 12 months for the year-long program. You can apply and enter the year-long program at anytime throughout the year, and the organization will help you with job and housing placement and social events on holidays and weekends.

JET Programme

The Japanese Exchange and Teaching Programme has opportunities to go to Japan and become an assistant language teacher, a coordinator for international relations or a sports exchange advisor. In 2011, the JET Programme had 4,330 participants from 39 countries.

Cultural Vistas

Cultural Vistas offers young professionals the opportunity to do work-study, fellowships, internships and professional training programs in Russia, Germany, Switzerland, and Japan. The programs emphasize the need to understand cultural differences to succeed in an increasingly global world.

Want to stay in the United States? Teach For America

Teach for America recruits graduating seniors to commit to working for at least two years in a low income school system in 43 regions throughout the United States. Corps members teach pre-k through 12th grade and will teach a variety of subjects.

To learn more, call 617-521-2128 or email to set up an appointment with the Simmons Study Abroad Office. Follow the Study Abroad Office on Twitter and "Like" the Facebook page to keep up with current news and interact with other students interested in traveling and working abroad.

successconnection.jpgPublic health major Rebecca Walmer '12 with her mentor Kathie Westpheling '71.

Research from the American Society of Training & Development shows that 75% of executives point to mentoring as playing a key role in their careers. But how does one find the right mentor and gain professional exposure?

The Simmons Success Connection Program is a unique job-shadowing and mentoring opportunity that matches current seniors with highly accomplished Simmons alumnae. We had the chance to chat with Rebecca Walmer '12, a current Success Connection mentee from Farmington, ME, who is majoring in public health. Through the program, Rebecca was connected with Kathie Westpheling '71, executive director at the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved.

Q. What made you decide to sign up for the Success Connection program?
I was abroad when I signed up for the Success Connection program, and I was feeling really unsure about what I wanted to do after graduation. I lacked a practical understanding of the demands in public health, and I was at a point where I needed exposure and feedback from someone in the field.
Q. Why do you think mentorships are important?
A good mentorship is important because it gives you the opportunity to learn from an individual who has the knowledge base to answer questions and provide career guidance. Developing a relationship and maintaining contact is beneficial for both the mentor and mentee.
Q. How did your mentorship relate to your professional interests?
I was matched with Kathie Westpheling '71 MPH. Kathie is an experienced non-profit executive director and advocate for health equity with long-time interests in nutrition and prevention. This placement aligned particularly well with my own interests and career goals, as well as my passion for health disparities and underserved populations. Through her work with the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved, Kathie has improved the development and support of health care clinicians serving these populations. I also had the opportunity to shadow Kathie at Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), an organization that provides a better understanding of health care information and management systems.

Continue reading Success Connection mentorship program prepares students for career success.


Commencement is quickly approaching and soon you will graduate from Simmons with a degree that has prepared you for your life's work. In terms of forging a successful career, who you know is almost as important as what you know, and over the years, I've learned the importance of networking.

Don't cringe. Think of it more as chatting with friends, because at its most natural, that's all networking really is. I teach a publishing overview course, and I like to spend the last class helping students find a job.

Here's some advice that has worked for me, and many of my now-employed students.

1. Create a list of everyone you know, and everyone they know.
This is the start of your network--it is, ideally, a trusted list of people who have a vested interest in you. People who like you, and want to see you employed, fed and happy.
2. Decide where you want to live.
You will network during the entire course of your career, and one job will lead to the next. Think about where you want to settle and go there. It's more difficult to find a job later in a new city where you are not connected.
3. Use your college's alumni network.
You share a common bond with other alumni--you ate in the same cafeteria and played Frisbee on the same quad. You're bonded for life. When I graduated, I called all of my college's alumni who worked in publishing in Boston. The first one who called me back, hired me. (OK, truthfully, I interned for free for six months and then he hired me. But the moral of the story is, alums help alums... eventually!)

Continue reading 9 tips for finding a job after graduation.


Each year, the Simmons College Career Education Center (CEC) conducts the Graduate Employment Survey, which tracks the employment status and career paths of recent Simmons baccalaureate graduates. According to the Class of 2009 data, nearly 90% of respondents employed full-time are in a position or field related to their major. A majority of those found their job within six months of graduation.

What does this mean for the Class of 2011?

According to data from the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the overall job outlook for May 2011 graduates is optimistic. Employers reported plans to hire 13.5% more new grads from the Class of 2011 than they did from the Class of 2010. In addition, another study found that hiring at the bachelor's level is expected to rise nearly 10% (vs. 3% across all hiring segments).

That's good news for this year's graduating seniors. So, where are the jobs? I asked CEC Associate Director Doug Eisenhart where he thinks Simmons grads are most likely to find employment.

Here are the top five fields:

1. Healthcare/Nursing

It's no surprise that healthcare tops the list. According to the CEC's survey, nearly 50% of the Class of 2009 is employed in healthcare, with nursing, Simmons' most popular major, leading the way. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says employment of RNs is expected to grow by 22% from 2008-2018, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Tip: The largest job growth for RNs is in outpatient facilities.

Average starting salary for nursing majors: $43,938*

Sample of recent employers: Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Watch video: Nursing at Simmons »

Continue reading Top 5 Careers for the Class of 2011.


"What do you want to do with your life?"

Ever been asked that question? Ever had no idea how to answer that question? Too bad there isn't a magical career genie that comes along and tells you, "This is the career path for you. You will succeed in this, and you will love what you do."

Continue reading Road Trips to the Real World.


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