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.

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 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!

MOOC on STEM Teaching

Date: Begins October 6
Loctaion: Online course

An Introduction to Evidenced-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching, an open, online course for those preparing for future faculty and higher education teaching careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics is being offered by our colleagues in the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) Network. The online course runs for 7 weeks from Oct. 6 – Nov. 23. Read the detailed course description and registration information. NOTE: THIS IS NOT AN MIT COURSE.  Course registration and management occurs through Coursera.

MIT’s Teaching and Learning Lab will be facilitating a local learning community around this course for those wishing to deepen their experience through individual and small group active learning exercises. The learning community will meet on campus from 11:30am-1:00pm every Wednesday for the duration of the online course. Learning community discussions will focus on online content presented in the previous week. The first meeting will take place on Wed, Oct. 15 and the last meeting will take place on Wed, Nov. 26. In order to have rich and continuing discussions on teaching and learning, we ask that learning community registrants commit to regularly attending the Wednesday sessions*. If you are interested in joining the MIT local learning community, please complete the online registration form.  The size of the learning community is limited. Participants will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

*While participants in the online course can acquire a “Statement of Accomplishment” from Coursera, there is no documentation/award/certificate for participation in the MIT local learning community. If you have questions about joining the local learning community, please contact Leann Dobranski (