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.

Employer Resume Critiques

When: September 19th – 28th, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where: E17-294
Register: Go to CareerBridge, then click “Interviews” and do a keyword search for “Resumes”
Contact: Michael Ahern,

What do employers really want to see on a resume? You can ask them! Employer Resume Critiques are an opportunity to hear it straight from the horse’s mouth: what about your resume they like, and what they want to see more of. One (1), resume critique per person. The critiques are a great way for students to meet employers 1:1 for 20min resume sessions prior to the Fall Career Fair. Space is limited but there is a fairly diverse group of employers coming in. Critiques will be held for the following Courses/Industries:

CS Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Students can’t sign up for a specific employer. Instead they log into CareerBridge and pick a time within the group that fits their interest.


When: Sept 19 – October 3
MIT Alumni would like to work with you over IAP. All the listings will be available on Tuesday, September 19. Applications close on October 3 at noon. If you already hold a degree from MIT or have applied for graduation, please contact to view the listings. For Graduate students, here are a few graduate student only listings:


When: now
The Office of Graduate Education has two open Graduate Community Fellow positions:
  1. Graduate Student Life Grants
  2. GradLink and Programs for Graduate Student Support
Rates are as follows: 10 hours/week, $675 per month
See link for more details and application


When: September 21, 2017
Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm
Where: 32-123

Are you considering a non-academic position upon finishing at MIT? Wondering what jobs are out there for PhDs and postdocs besides university faculties and how you can leverage your degree to land you a dream job? Come and hear how others have done it. MIT PhDs and postdocs who successfully landed non-academic jobs will outline the decision-making process of pursuing these positions, effective search strategies, and interview process.

We are very honored to have a diverse group of professionals.

  • Felix Moser, Senior Scientist at Synlife. PhD in Nutrition at MIT (2013)
  • Jeanne Jodoin, Patent Specialist at Nixon Peabody. Postdoc in Biology at MIT (2017)
  • Haoxuan Wang, Scientist at Amgen. Postdoc in Chemistry at MIT (2017)
  • Lourdes Aleman, Associate Director at MIT Teaching & Learning Lab. PhD in Biology at MIT (2008)
  • Mohamed Saad, Chief Autonomy Scientist at Sea Machines Robotics. Postdoc in Mechanical Engineering at MIT (2016)
  • Joseph Keller, Associate at Isaacson, Miller and STEM Education Advocacy Group. PhD in Cognitive Science at MIT (2016)

Sponsored by the MIT Graduate Student Council (GSC), Global Education & Career Development Career Services (GECD), and the MIT Office of the Vice President for Research.

Technical Interviewing 101, featuring Facebook

When: Friday, September 22, 2017
Time: 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Where: 2-190

Are you getting ready to interview at a tech company? Come learn the ins and outs of technical interviewing from the experts at Facebook.


APPLE MECHanical engineering NETWORKING

When: October 2, 12-2pm
Where: Lobby 13

Discover Apple. We’re looking for people like you. Apple is a place where people from all backgrounds get together to do their life’s best work. Come join us. Looking for BS/MS/PhD students in Courses 238 and related studies. Please bring multiple copies of your resume.  Questions? Email

RSVP here.

How to work a career fair

When: September 25, 2.30-4.00
Where: E19-202

Many students are overwhelmed when attempting to navigate a career fair with hundreds of employers.  Come learn what to do in preparation for the fair, what to do at the fair, and what to do after the fair.  The fair is an excellent opportunity to connect with employers — create a strategy that will help you make the most of your time! Pre-registration requested via Careerbridge.

iboss cybersescurity round table

When: September 26, 1-2.00p
Where: W20-201

Cybersecurity is arguably the hottest industry in the world—are you ready to make an impact? Stop by, grab a sandwich, and hear from iboss’ CEO, Paul Martini, to learn about the cybersecurity landscape and the cutting edge technology behind iboss’ Distributed Gateway Platform. Find out why Gartner named iboss the only visionary in the Secure Web Gateway market and how iboss is making a splash as one of the most promising startups to call Boston home. Together, we’re redefining the way cybersecurity is delivered and managed.

Visit to find your opportunity to join the team

developing a meaningful elevator pitch

When: September 26, 2-3p
Where: E19-202

Among the greatest missed opportunities are banal responses to questions like “tell me about yourself?” Learn and exercise creative ways to be a successful self-advocate: together, we will strengthen our responses to hallway chatter and use reflection to develop, rehearse, and share an authentic elevator pitch with meaning. Pre-registration requested via Careerbridge.

the art of behavioral interviewing

When: September 27, 2-3.30p
Where: E19-202

While your technical skills will get you the interview, it is your behavioral attributes that will get you the job.  This session will discuss preparation and strategies for a successful interview.  In addition, sample behavioral interview questions will be provided along with tips on how to answer these tough questions. Pre-registration requested via Careerbridge.

exploring careers in fintech

When: September 27, 5-6.30p
Where: E19-202

Thematic investing, payments, digital currency, credit scoring, education lending, cyber security, working capital management, and others – all sharing a common theme: the imperative to improve the efficiency of financial markets and systems through technology. Participate in this panel to get insights from the leading companies in this space. All courses are welcome! Advanced registration requested Careerbridge.


When: September 28, 5-6.30p
Where: E19-202

Learn from MIT alumni about the variety of technical experiences at the agency. All courses are welcome!

NSA’s Top Five Career Fields:

  • STEM/Cyber
  • Intelligence Analysis
  • Foreign Language Analysis
  • Counterintelligence & Security
  • Business Management & Acquisition

Pre-registration requested via Careerbridge.


When: Application deadline September 25
Contact: ventureship_
Apply now for the 10-week Ventureships program! Find MIT students to help your startup on a volunteer basis.
This is a concentrated and privileged 1-semester program intended to serve the MIT entrepreneurship community.
ach selected start-up will interview the students and have 2-5 MIT students to work with the co-founders on specific projects.
In the past 10 years, we have served more than 60 MIT start-ups, and many of the students in the program later became partners/co-founders/ employees.


When: September 26, 12-1pm 
Where: 68-181
URL: Sign up Link

Why are fellowships great? What is the application process? What are the types of resources available? Join Scott Tirrell, Manager of Graduate Fellowships, OGE, for tips on personal statements and research proposals and a great place to ask questions! RSVP here. Free pizza will be served!

This presentation is part of the series of OGE’s Financial Literacy Workshop focused on promoting financial literacy among graduate students.

sandbox applications

When: Application deadline September 29
URL: Application Link

The MIT Sandbox program provides funding, mentorship, and tailored educational experiences for any MIT student interested in working on a new idea or venture.  The student may be part of a team that includes non-students as long as the student has a leadership role on the team. Applications are available for early stage ideas for amounts up to $5K.  This will support commercial exploration and early prototyping work and will provide students the opportunity to be part of a vibrant entrepreneurship community over the summer.


When: October 18, 2017
Time: 12 pm – 1 pm
Where: 68-181

Scott Tirrell, Manager of Graduate Fellowships, OGE, offers another Graduate fellowships session, for those that missed the first presentation. Also, by this point the NSF GRFP’s deadlines will be fast approaching, so some focus will be on this opportunity.

Free pizza will be served!

This presentation is part of the series of OGE’s Financial Literacy Workshop focused on promoting financial literacy among graduate students.

Fall Career Fair

 When: Friday, September 29, 2017
Where: Johnson Athletics Center, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Organized by: The Graduate Student Council, Society of Women Engineers, and the Senior Class.

This career fair kicks off the fall recruiting season and is the largest fair on-campus with over 300 companies in attendance. *The fair will be open this year at 9:30 for freshmen.

Come to Career Fair Prep Week Drop-ins in E17-294! Due to the volume of students seeking services, GECD Career Services prioritizes drop-in appointments prior to the Fall Career Fair.  For a 15-minute drop-in appointment, please come by E17-294 on weekdays:
Tuesday, September 5 to Friday, September 22 from 11:30 am to 4:30 pm
Monday, September 25 to Thursday, September 28 from 11:30 am to 5:30 pm.

Find out more information about other career fairs here at MIT.


When: Oct 5 from 12 PM – 1 PM
Where: Online
Stand out in today’s competitive job market by transforming your resume into a customized marketing asset.This workshop explores why it’s critical to tailor your skills and experience to your target audience and the resume screening systems. Observe case studies on how to capture your greatest career achievements and/or engineer your resume when transitioning industries and roles.

Teaching at Teaching Intensive Institutions Conference

When: Friday , October 6th, 9:00am-3:00pm
Where: Westfield State University, Scanlon Hall, Westfield, MA
Agenda & link to registration:

Many faculty enjoy rewarding careers at colleges and universities that primarily emphasize teaching, including liberal arts colleges, community colleges, and regional comprehensive universities. This free one-day regional conference brings together graduate students, postdocs, and faculty to discuss what it’s like to work at teaching-intensive institutions and how to apply for these faculty positions. Graduate students and postdocs will engage with faculty and deans from a range of teaching-intensive institutions across the New England region through a series of talks, panel presentations, and networking opportunities. Faculty will be available to review and offer advice on CVs and cover letters. In addition, the MIT Office of Graduate Education is planning bus transportation to this event. To inquire about bus transportation, contact

Gradcommx Live

When: Oct 10-12, 2017 and Oct 17-19, 2017, 9am-11am
Where: MIT Campus (location TBA to participants)
Teaser Trailer:

Part of being good at what you do is being able to explain what it is that you do. In this free six-day experimental intensive for MIT graduate students, you will learn and workshop six skills useful to ensure your research connects with a range of audiences:

  • Choosing appropriate language to avoid overwhelming your audience,
  • Using narrative to explain why your research is important,
  • Synthesizing prior work to convey where yours fits in by highlighting differences,
  • Controlling focus in order to minimize cognitive load when presenting data,
  • Building in time for an audience to process when explaining how something works, and
  • Distilling your message when time and attention spans are short.

Gradcommx will be taught by Dr. Tony L. Eng, Senior Lecturer, EECS. The source material for this intensive will be a comic book series written expressly for Gradcommx. Attendance at all 6 sessions is expected.  If you miss the first session, your spot will be given to someone on the waitlist. Participants who meet all requirements will receive a letter of completion at the end of the course. To register, you will be asked for:

  • a slide of data (ppt, pptx or pdf) that you understand and is related to your research problem (ideally it is your own data, but it need not be), and
  • a 30-second self-introduction video (using your phone to record is fine) in which you introduce yourself and your research to other MIT grad students.

This intensive is sponsored by the Office of Graduate Education as part of an ongoing effort to improve the professional development of our graduate students.


When: Oct 14
Where: E14-633, 75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MIT Media Lab
In response to today’s political climate, this conference interrogates the enduring role of the polemic through art, architecture, and performance.Events include: 10am Keynote by Julia Bryan-Wilson, feat. poetry by Winslow LaRoche  and 6pm Live Spoken Word Performance by Jasmine Mans! (free, Bartos Theatre, E15, lower level) Please RSVP to the FB event! Free & open to the public


When: October 26, 12-1pm
Where: Moore Room (6-321)

Have a little extra money? Hear from Adam Grenier CFP, Fidelity Investments, on how to invest it! Free pizza will be served!

This presentation is part of the series of OGE’s Financial Literacy Workshop focused on promoting financial literacy among graduate students.


When: November 16, 12-1pm
Where: Moore Room (6-321)

It’s never too soon to think about retirement! Attend the workshop on retirement by Ryan Shorey CFP, Fidelity Investments. Let Ryan help guide you.

Free pizza will be served!

This presentation is part of the series of OGE’s Financial Literacy Workshop focused on promoting financial literacy among graduate students.


When: November 165, 5.30-6p
Sheraton Commander Hotel(16 Garden Street)

Sponsored by the career offices of Harvard University, Boston University College of Engineering, Olin College, Tufts University, and MIT. 
Meet representatives from small engineering firms across the area seeking engineering students for full-time and internship opportunities in innovative fields including robotics, energy, medical devices, and civil/environmental design. All levels of engineering students from the five sponsoring institutions are invited to attend. Registration is required as attendance is capped for each participating university.

Sheraton Commander Hotel (16 Garden Street)


When: November 16, 12-1pm
Moore Room (6-321)
Jennifer Hu, OGE Graduate Community Fellow will offer a session on budgeting,
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