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.

 New open access policy for all MIT authors

When: The opt-in license applies to all scholarly articles you write after signing it.
  • An open access license changes the copyright default for authors of scholarly articles.
  • An OA license lets you hold onto rights to reuse your work, even if you sign a publishing agreement that transfers copyright (as it usually does).
  • Once signed, authors may opt out of the license for a given paper.
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Professional Leadership Development Workshop

When: April 28
Time: 3 pm – 5 pm
Location: 2 -190
Register Here

Gain practical insights from John Strackhouse, one of the nation’s top high technology executive recruiters at Caldwell Partners, and Brent Tworetzky, the Executive VP Product at the XO Group. In this workshop, sponsored by the Gordon Engineering Leadership Program, Strackhouse and Tworetzky will deliver valuable advice on preparing for future job interviews and for navigating your professional careers.

David Nino, Senior Lecturer with the Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program, is offering a new grad workshop on Friday (4/28) from 3-5pm in 2-190, focusing on stepping out and standing out as a leader in technology. He will be joined by guest presenters John Strackhouse and Brent Tworetzky. Register Here. Questions? Contact dino@mit.edu.

Exploring PhD Career Options in Higher Education Panel

Exploring PhD Career Options in Higher Education Panel

Tuesday, May 2  5:00 – 6:30 PM (Rescheduled event from previous bad weather)

Location: E19-202

PhD graduates can work in higher education in various capacities, including areas of research, teaching, training, strategy, administration and writing to name a few. Attendees will learn from panelists who have made the transition from being an MIT PhD student to working in higher education. Panelists have found positions in various ways, and they will discuss advice for seeking future career options. These career stories represent higher education (and additional industries from panelists’ past experiences) from perspectives that are not tenure-track faculty. This event is open to all courses and departments

Panelists – all are PhD alums from MIT

Francoise Carré – Research Director, Center for Social Policy at UMass Boston

Patricia Christie – Instructor at MIT Chemistry, Biology

John J. Dolhun – Technical Instructor at MIT Chemistry

Piotr Mitros – Chief Scientist at EdX

Jessica Tytell – Executive Director for the Biological Design Center at Boston University

 

Pre-registration is requested on CareerBridge. This event is brought to you by MIT Career Services (Global Education & Career Development)

 

When: Tuesday, May 2
Time: 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Location: E19-202
PhD graduates can work in higher education in various capacities, including areas of research, teaching, training, strategy, administration and writing to name a few. Attendees will learn from panelists who have made the transition from being an MIT PhD student to working in higher education. Panelists have found positions in various ways, and they will discuss advice for seeking future career options. These career stories represent higher education (and additional industries from panelists’ past experiences) from perspectives that are not tenure-track faculty. This event is open to all courses and departments. The event will be on Tuesday, May 2  5:00 pm – 6:30 pm (rescheduled event from previous bad weather) at E19-202. Pre-registration is requested on CareerBridge.

Panelists — all of whom are PhD alums from MIT — include: Francoise Carré (Research Director, Center for Social Policy at UMass Boston), Patricia Christie (Instructor at MIT Chemistry, Biology), John J. Dolhun (Technical Instructor at MIT Chemistry), Piotr Mitros (Chief Scientist at EdX), and Jessica Tytell (Executive Director for the Biological Design Center at Boston University).

Join the Planning Committee for the MIT Maker Fair!

When: May 6, 2017
Where: MIT Media Lab

MITxMake is a school-wide maker fair and speaker series that celebrates maker culture, entrepreneurship, and hardware hacking. Taking part in either planning or in the actual event offers networking opportunities and professional development experience.

Apply for a leadership position in Marketing, Operations, Auxillary Events, Content, or Web Development. Sessions for makers and other event volunteers will be held in the fall. If you’re interested in applying for a position email cyee4189@mit.edu.

When:  May 15-19
Location: Hunter College

Attend The Whole Scientist course to build skills for your career
 
Am I prepared for the next step in my scientific career? What skills do I need to work in academia? Industry? Other careers? What if I don’t want to do research? How can I find a job?
 
The Jackson Laboratory, Hunter College, and the Minority Graduate Student Network  are pleased to host The Whole Scientist workshop in Bar Harbor, Maine, on May 15-19, 2017. The Whole Scientist will assist you in answering the questions above and helps scientists like you prepare for the next step. With advice from leading experts, The Whole Scientist will instill skills and confidence in:
 
•       People and project management
•       Individual Develop Plan preparation and execution
•       Mentorship and team-building
•       Networking and negotiating
•       Effective communication to a variety of audiences
•       Career exploration and the job market
 
Get ready for your future at one of our upcoming events!

AND/OR

–       Join us at The Jackson Laboratory in beautiful Bar Harbor, Maine, for our week-long course May 15-19, 2017. Find out more and registerComprehensive scholarship packages are available to attend. Register today!