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.

Teaching Skills Development for TAs

When: Throughout the Fall Semester (see below for specific dates)

The Teaching and Learning Lab (TLL) will be facilitating three different opportunities this fall to help support TAs in their teaching.  Registration is required for some of these programs:

  • A one-time Improv Workshop (Sept. 1)
  • “In the Trenches” program for new TAs from any department to meet bi-weekly (with a TLL facilitator) throughout the semester to discuss teaching topics and issues in their classes.
    • A 7-seminar series, sessions will meet every other Thursday during the semester from 2:30-4:00 p.m. beginning on Thursday, September 8th (attendance is required for all sessions).
    • Most of the meeting time will be spent discussing teaching situations encountered by TAs and options for applying research-based best-practices to support learning in these situations.
    • Register at:
  • Open Office Hours where TAs (of any experience level) are encouraged stop by the TLL offices (E39-207) to ask questions and discuss their teaching practice.

Schedule for Fall 2016:

  • Tuesday, September 27th from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; LOCATION: E39-207
  • Thursday, October 13th from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; LOCATION: E39-207
  • November Date: TBD – see TLL’s webpage:

Conflict Management Training

When: Application Deadline Sept. 2 (Dates listed below)

Conflict Management@MIT offers a three-tiered conflict management training for all MIT affiliates three times per year, over the fall semester, over the spring semester, and for two weeks in August. The training is tiered at 16-hour, 28-hour, and 40-hour levels.

Tier 1: Conflict Management for Self-Reflection (16 hours)
Tier 1 consists of 16 hours of conflict management training for those interested in learning more about their own orientation towards and engagement with (or avoidance of) conflict. The sessions provide tools and practice for engaging in interpersonal interactions more efficiently and effectively. Topics include negotiation, active listening, receiving feedback, active bystanding, inter-cultural communication, and personal conflict styles.

Tier 2: Conflict Management for Coaching (12 additional hours; 28 hours total)
Conflict Management for Coaching, the second tier in the Conflict Management training, requires the successful completion of the entirety of Tier 1, and is an additional 12 hours of in-class time for participants who are in the role of supporting others through one-on-one interactions. Topics include conflict coaching, mindfulness, boundary-setting, as well as a module on privacy vs. confidentiality in one-on-one interactions.

Tier 3: Conflict Management for Advanced Practice (12 additional hours; 40 hours total)
Tier 3 is the entire 40-hour training, which includes Conflict Management for Self-Reflection and Conflict Management for Coaching, and adds an additional 12 hours of formal mediation instruction and practice. Participants will be coached throughout the Advanced Practice sessions by professional mediators and coaches.

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. Please note that all Tiers take the training together in the same cohort. Participants may opt to take successive tiers at different times. There is no charge for current students; a fee applies to all faculty, staff, and others affiliated with MIT.


Session Day Date Time Tier
1A Tuesday 9/13/16 10am to 12pm 1, 2, 3
1B Thursday 9/15/16 10am to 12pm 1, 2, 3
2A Tuesday 9/20/16 10am to 12pm 1, 2, 3
2B Thursday 9/22/16 10am to 12pm 1, 2, 3
3A Tuesday 9/27/16 10am to 12pm 1, 2, 3
3B Thursday 9/29/16 10am to 12pm 1, 2, 3
4A Tuesday 10/04/16 10am to 12pm 1, 2, 3
4B Thursday 10/06/16 10am to 12pm 1, 2, 3
5A Thursday 10/13/16 10am to 12pm 2, 3
5B Tuesday 10/18/16 10am to 12pm 2, 3
6A Thursday 10/20/16 10am to 12pm 2, 3
6B Tuesday 10/25/16 10am to 12pm 2, 3
7A Thursday 10/27/16 10am to 12pm 2, 3
7B Tuesday 11/01/16 10am to 12pm 2, 3
8A Thursday 11/03/16 10am to 12pm 3
8B Tuesday 11/08/16 10am to 12pm 3
9A Thursday 11/10/16 10am to 12pm(optional, lunch 12 to 1pm) 3
9B Tuesday 11/15/16 10am to 12pm(optional, lunch 12 to 1pm) 3
10A Thursday 11/17/16 10am to 12pm(optional, lunch 12 to 1pm) 3
10B Tuesday 11/22/16 10am to 12pm(optional, lunch 12 to 1pm) 3

*** Please note that all Tiers take the training together in the same cohort.

 Register for the 2016 MIT Digital Healthcare Conference

When: Sept. 7-8 at MIT Media Lab

The MIT Digital Healthcare Conference will present leading-edge developments with an emphasis on analytics and translation toward commercialization, exploring strategies for leveraging rapidly evolving technologies to optimize outcomes for individuals, companies, and society.

Become a Part Time Educator at the MIT Museum

When: September 2016 – June 2017

Are you interested in teaching or science outreach? Would you like some informal education experience on a part-time basis?
The MIT Museum is seeking graduate students to facilitate STEM/STEAM workshops for middle and high school students.
The ideal candidate should be interested in learning teaching best practices and be available 1-2 days a week between 9:30 am and 4:30 pm
Compensation of $15-18 /hour and training will be provided.

Read more about the position:

To apply, please send a cover letter, two references, and your resume to

Join the Planning Committee for the MIT Maker Fair!

When: May 6th, 2017 at 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