Getting to Know Simmons!

Profile of Career Education Center Director Andrea Wolf

"I am fortunate to be part of a collaborative community that embraces the school's mission to prepare students academically, professionally and for the world of work."
     - Andrea Wolf


A former Boston Globe "Job Doc" columnist, Career Education Center Director Andrea Wolf has made bold strides in expanding the role of the CEC. Shortly after her arrival to Simmons four years ago, Wolf undertook a strategic planning process to identify best practices among college career offices. Today, Simmons is positioned as a leader in the field of higher education career preparation.

Among Wolf's new initiatives is a five-step career development model that draws on her depth of career management experience from directing the Harvard School of Public Health's career office to servicing the outplacement needs at Right Management Consultants, and providing career coaching services at Bain. Recently, the CEC taught a new academic course, HUM 370 that is built on the model.

Wolf has enhanced employer relations and alumni involvement, recently forming a Career Advisory Council composed of faculty, alums and employers to provide support for the CEC's strategic priorities.

Wolf has built a strong team of five with experience ranging from the corporate world (Houghton Mifflin, Liberty Mutual, others) and academia, with teaching experience at Harvard, BU and Emerson. Wolf and her staff, deliver a full slate of services and resources for undergraduates, graduates, and alumnae/i in all but the School of Management (SOM), which has its own career office. As a response to the challenges of the current employment market, the CEC launched a Market Trends section of the Career Resource Library website and is collaborating with the SOM on an upcoming program on the state of the economy and job market. Wolf also hopes to extend alumni networking events for new graduates.

Longer term, Wolf is advocating for state-of-the-art career services that includes an undergraduate career literacy program, and external career stewardship program proposed in the strategic planning process. For more information on the CEC, visit their website or call 617-521-2488.