KayLee Simmons, M.Ed., GCDF


Director of Career Education


ARKU 607




StrengthsQuest Themes:

Achiever... Discipline... Focus... Consistency... Maximizer


How did you get started in the Career Services profession?

While pursuing my Master's degree in Higher Education here at the University of Arkansas, I had the opportunity to complete an internship in the CDC. I learned to review resumes, provide mock interviews, and served as a CTR coach for several students. I absolutely loved the experience and knew I would one day like to return again full-time. After working for Talent Search TRiO programs for three years, my chance to return arrived. I joined the CDC as a career counselor in June 2013 and was promoted to Assistant Director after one year. The opportunity to apply for the Associate Director of Career Education became available soon after my promotion and a year later I was promoted to Director of Career Education.

Describe a “typical work day” in the Career Center.

One of my favorite things about working in the Career Development Center is that no two days are exactly the same. I oversee the career counselors, conduct various administrative tasks to find ways to improve and expand the services of the career center, collaborate with other counselors and departments to coordinate and plan events and projects, while also seeing students for appointments.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

I enjoy spending time with my husband and son and taking a leisurely walk with my two dogs. On a weekend, you'll most likely see me outdoors, whether it's running, playing in the backyard with my son, or watching Razorback football. I grew up singing in church and was a part of a praise and worship band for several years so music is another passion and interest of mine.

What is the most interesting place you have ever visited?

I studied Spanish abroad in Cuernavaca, Mexico for a month. Coming from a small town, everything from the food, culture, environment, and the way of life was an awe-inspiring and eye-opening experience for me. I can honestly say I gained more Spanish language proficiency in that month than I could have ever in a classroom. I would highly encourage any student to study abroad if given the opportunity.

What do you like best about living in NWArkansas?

Not only is NWA a beautiful place to live, but the diverse array of people and local culture adds to its uniqueness. As a Razorback fan my entire life, I'm proud to work for the U of A and to cheer on the Hogs!