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 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.

FALL Career fair

Date: Friday, September 19th
Time: 10am – 4pm
Location: First and second floors of the Johnson Athletics Center (Building W34)

If you’re looking for exposure to companies in your field or seeking a full time job or summer internship, then make sure to register for the annual MIT Fall Career Fair on the Career Fair website. The event will only be open to MIT students and alumni. Registered participants will have access to resume, CV, and networking tips and the career week schedule of networking events prior to the Career Fair. Once registered, students will be able to upload their resumes and browse the 400+ companies at fair.

Alumni Leadership Conference Graduate Poster Session

Date: Friday, September 19th
Time: 6pm to 7pm
Location: Lobdell

If you’re interested in sharing your research with MIT alumni or networking and meeting MIT alumni in leadership positions at MIT, then register for the Alumni Leadership Conference Graduate Poster Session hosted by the GSC ARC committee. Sign-up for one of the limited positions for grad student presenters and present your research poster. Each participant will receive a $10 Amazon gift card from the Alumni Association. Contact gsc-arc@mit.edu with any questions regarding the event.

Interview & Resume Workshop with Goldman Sachs Technology

Date: Monday, Sept 22
Time: 3:00-4:00pm

Goldman Sachs is excited to host an Interview & Resume Workshop for MIT Students Monday, September 22. This will be an informal opportunity to get best practices, tips and advice from professionals in Goldman Sachs Technology. All GECD events are open to MIT undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and alumni. Advanced registration requested via CareerBridge.

Writing Compelling Cover Letters

Date: Wednesday, Sept 23
Time: 3:00-4:00pm

This workshop presented by Christina Henry will teach attendees how to craft a strategic cover letter.  Participants should bring a job description they want to apply for to aid in the drafting of an effective cover letter.  General information on cover letters will also be discussed. All GECD events are open to MIT undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and alumni. Advanced registration requested via CareerBridge.

Ace the Case with Putnam Associates

Date: Tuesday, Sept 23
Time: 7:00-8:30pm

Stop by to learn the DOs and DON’Ts of a successful case interview from Putnam Associates. Putnam Associates is a premier strategy consulting firm dedicated to the life sciences, whose clients include all of the top-10 global biopharmaceutical companies, many of the top -10 global brands, as well as venture backed biotechs, device, and rare disease franchises. All GECD events are open to MIT undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and alumni. Advanced registration requested via CareerBridge.

LinkedIn Lab

Date: Wednesday, Sept 24
Time: 2:00-3:00pm

Bring your laptop to explore the many ways LinkedIn can help you in your career exploration and job or internship search with Scott Murray and Lily Zhang. We will begin with an overview of LinkedIn and some of the key areas of a complete LinkedIn profile. This will be followed by individual work on your profile, with Career Services staff available to answer your questions.

Required: Set up a free account at Linkedin.com and begin to fill in your profile prior to the workshop. Bring a laptop to the workshop. Limited to 15 students. Registration required through CareerBridge.

Does Your Resume Communicate the Right Message?

Date: Wednesday, Sept 24
Time: 2:00-3:30pm

This workshop presented by Bob Dolan will discuss the many ways of creating a resume that effectively targets the Hiring Manager. Can your resume survive a 15 second scan and still get into the YES pile? Discussions will surround the strategies of effective messaging and how to be “on-point” with your written communication. Your resume is not an autobiography, but rather a list of relevant accomplishments that links your skills to the needs of the company. You’ll use these techniques in your lifelong career strategies. All GECD events are open to MIT undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and alumni. Advanced registration requested via CareerBridge.

Negotiating Job Offers

Date: Thursday, Sept 25
Time: 4:00-5:00pm

The Negotiating Job Offers workshop presented by Colin Smith will examine the many variables that exist during the evaluation and negotiation process of Job Offers. Knowing how, when and why you should negotiate will be reviewed. Salary vs. Total Compensation will be examined.  Strategies on the negotiation process will be discussed along with “Should You Negotiate?” and “What Can” and “What Can Not” be negotiated. These strategies can be used throughout your career. All GECD events are open to MIT undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and alumni. Advanced registration requested via CareerBridge.

Applying to Graduate School in the UK

Date: Tuesday, Sept 30
Time: 7:00-9:00pm
Location: Kendall Room, British Consulate, 7th Floor of One Broadway, Cambridge MA

Imperial College London, King’s College London, University College London will be visiting Boston on 30th of September to present a free seminar to students on graduate studies in the UK, studying in London, the application process and tips for success. Discover how you can gain your Master’s degree in a year or a PhD degree in 3 years and gain an international experience which will set you apart! See the full information.

Teaching at Teaching-Intensive Institutions

Date: Friday, October 3rd
Time: 9 AM – 3:30 PM
Location: Best Western Royal Plaza (181 Boston Post Rd W, Marlborough, MA 01752)

Attend a day-long workshop about teaching at regional comprehensives, community colleges, and liberal arts schools! Free and open to all PhD students, adjunct faculty members, recent PhDs, and anyone interested in a faculty position at a teaching-intensive institution, this event will provide guidance, information, and skills necessary to a profession of enlightening the minds of others. In addition to job counseling, there will also be sessions on Work-Life Balance, Teaching-Research Balance, What You Need to Know About Community Colleges, Engaging Your Inner Entrepreneur as a Junior Faculty Member, Giving Student Feedback, and more!