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.”

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.

NIH Public Access Compliance Hands-on Working Session

Date: Thursday, April 24 | 1:00-2:00 PM
Location: 14N-132

Missing a PMCID? Can’t figure out why a paper isn’t in compliance? Lost in the NIH manuscript system? Join us for a problem solving session. This session is designed to provide an opportunity for hands on problem solving in the systems that need to be navigated in the process of submitting and authorizing manuscripts and reporting progress on NIH Funded Grants (eRA Commons; NIHMS, and MyNCBI). Please bring your NIH compliance problems to this session to work through together. Registration is online and encouraged.

Patent searching fundamentals

Date: Thursday, April 24 | 5:00-6:00 PM or Friday, April 25 | 12:00-1:00 PM
Location: 14N-132

You won’t come out of this session qualified to be a patent attorney, but you will be able to successfully find patent references from all over the world, and know how to find patent text and diagrams. This will be a hands-on session that will help de-mystify the patent literature and show key resources for finding patents through free resources available on the web. Register here for the Thursday 5 – 6 PM session; register here for the Friday 12-1 PM session.

Make the leap

Date: Thursday, April 24 | 6:00-7:30 PM
Location: 1-190

The MIT Consulting Club is holding Make the Leap, an event that brings together a panel of ex-graduate students who have embarked on careers at top consulting firms.  The event addresses the transition process from graduate school to life as a consultant.  More specifically, the moderated panel will discuss why and how to make the transition, how an advanced degree fits into a consulting career, the application process and interview tips, among other interesting topics.  Participating firms include BCG, ClearView, Exponent, McKinsey & Company, and Putnam Associates.  The panel discussion will be followed by Q&A, so attendees can ask their own questions.  Dinner will be provided.

SPAIN@MIT Industry Series: Pfizer Executives at MIT

Date: Friday, April 25 | 2:00-3:00 PM
Location: 56-114

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Belen Carrillo, Pfizer Group Senior Vice President of Research and Development, and Jose Carlos Gutierrez, Group Senior Director of Biotherapeutics Research and Development, as part of the Spain@MIT Industry Series.  Come learn about Pfizer’s most innovative research and business dilemmas as well as their perspective on diversity and inclusion.  Light refreshments will be served.  Contact for more information.

Going beyond Google Scholar: Using the Web of Science and Other Citation Searching Resources to Discover Articles

Date: Monday, April 28 | 12:00-1:00 PM
Location: 14N-132

Do you usually look for articles by searching keywords and authors? Try tracking ideas back and forth through time by searching citations to and from articles, reports and other scholarly literature. Citation searching started with the Science Citation Index (Web of Science) and now is part of several other information sources such as Scopus, e-journal collections, and Google Scholar. We will look at several places where you can find scholarly literature through citations and the different results you can get.

Collect and Create Your Own Geographic Data

Date: Monday, April 28 | 2:00-4:00 PM
Location: 14N-132

Can’t find the data you need online? No problem! In this workshop you’ll learn how to collect data in the field using GPS units and phone apps and then use it in GIS software. You’ll also explore georeferencing scanned maps, drawing new data layers (like roads or rivers), and mapping points from a spreadsheet based on coordinates or addresses. Prerequisite: A basic knowledge of GIS and ArcGIS software. Register online.

Creating an effective CV for the ACADEMIC Job search

Date: Monday, April 28 | 3:00-4:00 PM
Location: 4-153

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.  Register on CareerBridge under the events tab.

University of oxford graduate school information session

Date: Tuesday, April 29 | 4:00-5:00 PM
Location: Boston University, Center for Career Development, 100 Bay State Road, 6th Floor

You are warmly invited to join representatives from the University of Oxford and recent alumni to learn more about the benefits of graduate study at Oxford, graduate life in the UK, the application process, and Oxford’s 850+ fully funded scholarships for entry in 2015-2016.  For more information, visit the website.  To register, please email

SloanCoders – Intro to UX Design Workshop

Date: Tuesday, April 29th | 6:30-8:30 PM
Location: E62-250

Interested in UX design? Come to the SloanCoders Introduction to UX Design Workshop! Learn the basics of UX, design principals and methodology, and how to conduct user testing. This workshop is best suited for people with little or no design experience. Please RSVP and bring your own laptops. There will be free food!

MIT Education DesignShop

Date: Saturday and Sunday, May 3-4 | 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Cambridge Innovation Center

We’re bringing together all key stakeholders in education (whether a student, faculty member, staff member, or a non-affiliate to MIT). Work in teams to learn design thinking, and apply it to re-envision the education system! Prizes, food, and a ground-breaking movement in innovation are all included.  Applications due April 16th!

DREAMIT Ventures: Lunch and Learn Info Session

Date: Thursday, May 8 | 12:30-2:00 PM
Location: E62-250

Elliot Menschik of DreamIt Ventures will be coming to the Boston area to hold a “Lunch and Learn” information session and networking event.  RSVP hereDreamIt Ventures is a startup accelerator that invests in and works closely with exceptional teams to create high-growth potential businesses.  They provide capital, coaching, a community of peers, a curriculum tailored to first-time founders, and connections that help these startups increase the likelihood of success.  They do this through three or four month long programs in New York, Philadelphia, Austin, and Baltimore.

2014 Legatum Conference: Elements of Entrepreneurship

Date: Saturday, May 10
Location: MIT Media Lab

This year’s conference will have four panels.  One panel discussion will focus on businesses created from the earth, agri-business in Africa.  We will explore Latin American technology ventures conducting business through the air.  Fire being the oldest form of energy used by man, we will look at some of Asia’s newest innovations in energy production.  Finally, we will learn about successful entrepreneurs and the investment in innovation springing up by the water of the Persian Gulf.  The experts and entrepreneurs speaking at this year’s conference will ground us, breathe life into new ideas, ignite our passion for innovation, and sustain us.  The speakers will include Jeff Hoffman, Founder & CEO, Priceline,, Colorjar; David Auerbach, Co-Founder, Sanergy, Legatum Fellow, MIT 2011; and Dr. Franklin Chang Diaz, Founder, Chairman & CEO, Ad Astra Rocket Company, MIT 1977.  Register online.