Professional & personal development

This section describes the variety of resources available to graduate students for advice and counsel—whether for individual concerns, career planning, support for student groups on campus, or informal discussions about the day-to-day life of a graduate student—with folks “in the know.” Looking for even more resources? See the Professional development page on the MIT Student Resources site.

Upcoming events

To hear directly about many upcoming events, sign up for the Global Education and Career Development (GECD) Graduate Career News list and the Graduate Student Council Professional Development e-mail list.

the Inaugural Waste Research & Innovation Night

Date: Friday, April 24th
Time: 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Location: Lobby 10 (Memorial Lobby)

MIT Waste Alliance invites you to the first ever MIT waste poster night highlighting research and start-ups around waste. This poster session will be a great opportunity for learning about different avenues being explored in waste research and waste-sector start-ups in the Boston area while connecting with others in the same field. This event is brought to you by MIT Waste Alliance, with funding from GSLG and collaboration with the MIT Sustainability Summit. If you have any questions please contact trashiscash@mit.edu.

Creating an Effective CVs for the Academic Job Search

Date: Tuesday, April 28
Time: 3:00-4:00pm

The CV is used for the academic job search and in some cases for PhDs seeking a research position in other settings.  This workshop will cover the important elements of a CV, including strategies for how to showcase your particular knowledge and experiences effectively.  We will also discuss some aspects of the academic job search – such as writing a research or teaching statement, or obtaining letters of recommendation.  It’s helpful to bring a copy of your CV or a draft with you to refer to as we go through the material in the workshop. Advanced registration requested via CareerBridge.

Conflict management training

Date: June 2015
Application due May 8th at midnight

Ever find yourself not knowing what to do when stuck facing a conflict? Attend the Conflict Management Training in June! Applications are now open and are due by Friday, May 8th at midnight. All successful and waitlisted applicants will be notified by Tuesday, May 12th at 5pm. Conflict Management@MIT offers a three-tiered conflict management training for all MIT affiliates three times per year, over the fall semester, and for two weeks in IAP and June. The training is tiered at 16-hour, 28-hour, and 40-hour levels. Tier 1 is conflict management for self-reflection, tier 2 is for leadership, and tier 3 is for advanced practice. For more information on what each tier specifically consists of, visit the conflict resolution website. For the upcoming June training, all tiers start on Monday, June 8th and run until either the 11th, 16th, or 19th. For specific dates and times visit the website. Note that all Tiers take the training together in the same cohort!

After completion of each successive tier, participants will receive a Certificate of Participation in recognition of their efforts; those completing the 40-hour training will also receive a Mediation certificate. There is no charge for current students; a fee applies to all faculty, staff, and others affiliated with MIT. Tuition reimbursement is available for MIT employees. MIT community members will be given priority. Non-students and non-MIT members please inquire for training rates.

NuVu Job Opportunities this Summer 2015

Application Deadline: May 31, 2015
Location: NuVu Studio, Cambridge, MA

NuVu is an innovation school for middle and high school students whose pedagogy is based on the studio model and geared around multi-disciplinary collaborative projects. We have a number of job positions available for our NuVu Summer 2015 Program for undergraduate students, graduate students, PhDs and alumni. If you are passionate about innovative teaching, enjoy working with young students on creative ideas, and have expertise to share in a problem-solving environment, then you might be a great addition to the team!

Open Style Lab Summer Program 2015

Date: June 12th-Aug 15th
Application Deadline: Monday, March 2nd

There are quick fixes, and then there are solutions. A good solution fixes a problem, but an awesome solution changes our worldview beyond the problem. At Open Style Lab, you are invited to come up with awesome solutions! Join 24 students as part of the second Open Style Lab summer program at MIT. Over 10 weeks, work with others to design, prototype and refine a clothing solution for a client with a disability. Rigorous engineering concepts will be combined with a strong sense of design and aesthetics to develop skills that will be useful for solving real world problems. Applications are open from now until March 2nd! To be eligible to participate, you must be currently enrolled in a college degree program, or not more than 2 years post-graduation, and a background in design, engineering or occupational/physical therapy. For more information visit the program website or contact Lea Yoon.