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.


Career Values & Decision Making

Date: Thursday, Oct 16, 1:00-2:30pm
Location: 4-146

As an MIT student you have lots of career and job options, but which one is right for you? How do you make big decisions like what to do after MIT or what to aspire to 10 years down the road? This workshop will help you clarify YOUR values – what’s important to you. We will focus on how those values can help you make good career and job choices. All GECD events are open to MIT undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and alumni. Advanced registration is requested via CareerBridge.



Date: Thursday, October 16, 2015 at 5:30 PM
Location: 5th floor of Venture Café (One Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02142)

Do you ever wish you could find a career that you are truly passionate about or doubt you are “good enough” to make your dream career happen? Then attend Career Engineering 101, an interactive seminar featuring speaker Dr. Samantha Sutton that dares you to step outside of your current mindset to see yourself and your passions from a new and exciting perspective. You will learn the tools to cultivate a mindset that works for you, not against you. Using principles of neuroscience, positive psychology, and life coaching, find a “you” that you can believe in whole-heartedly and confidently pursue the career that is right for you. A well known life coach, Sutton also holds a Ph.D. in science and engineering from MIT. With her unique combination of science and coaching, she has created a ‘life engineering’ methodology to teach you how to achieve a career you love, build great relationships, master your time, and overcome negative emotions like anxiety and anger that have you paralyzed. Register and learn more about this free event open to everyone. Visitors must comply with Venture Cafe attendance policies. The event is cosponsored by GW@MIT, GECD, Brain and Cognitive Science, the Venture Cafe.


How to Network with MIT Alumni

Date: Thursday, Oct 16, 6:30 – 8:00pm
Location: 2-105

Come join GECD and the MIT Alumni Association for a workshop on the best ways to reach out to and network with MIT alumni. Learn about the MIT alumni database and how to conduct informational interviews. All GECD events are open to MIT undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and alumni. Advanced registration is requested via CareerBridge.


Bell 429 GlobalRanger Helicopter on Briggs Field

Date: Friday, Oct 17, 9:00am – 2:00pm
Location: Briggs Field

Bell Helicopter is coming to MIT and they are bringing a Bell 429 GlobalRanger Helicopter with them.  Stop by Briggs Field for a look at this exceptional aircraft. Advanced registration is requested via CareerBridge.


How to Evaluate, Accept or Decline a Job Offer

Date: Monday, Oct 20, 5:00 – 6:00pm

Advanced registration is requested via CareerBridge.


Princeton Review GRE Strategy Session

Date: Tuesday, Oct 21, 7:00-8:00pm

The Princeton Review, in conjunction with Global Education and Career Development, will host a free GRE Strategy Session. This event will demystify the GRE and its role in graduate school admissions, equip you with key tips and strategies for success on the exam (including how to beat the Verbal; common ETS traps on easy Math questions; and more), and introduce you to sample questions. Alex Ortiz, Territory Manager of Graduate Programs for The Princeton Review, will be on hand to answer your GRE questions and help you register for the optional, free practice test on October 26. Free Princeton Review swag will be given out and Graduate Admissions guides will be given away. Students will be contacted with the room number prior to the event. Open to all MIT students. Questions? Email Alex at Register at


Negotiating Job Offers

Date: Wednesday, Oct 22, 3:00-4:00pm

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.


Princeton Review GRE Practice Test

Date: Sunday, Oct 26, 9:00am-1:00pm

Did you know that GRE exam scores are good for five years? The Princeton Review, in conjunction with Global Education and Career Development, will be hosting a free, full-length, proctored GRE computer-based practice test. MIT students will receive an individualized Score Report detailing performance in the Writing, Verbal, and Quantitative areas of the exam. The report will highlight areas of strength and areas in need of further study. Open to all MIT students. Questions? Email Alex Ortiz at Student’s must pre-register for the test by October 24. Pre-register at


Bender Virtual Career Fair

Date: Thursday, Nov 13

Are you a person with a disability looking for a career opportunity or internship? The Bender Virtual Career Fair is a FREE virtual fair for students and alumni with disabilities to attend. Meet online with employers across the nation including American Transmission Co., ANSYS, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Enterprise Holdings, Epic, Genentech, KLA-Tencor, Lexmark, Verizon, and other excellent Employers! Learn more at . Register at


Schlumberger 2015 Faculty for the Future Fellowship

Application Deadline: November 14, 2014

The Faculty for the Future program awards fellowships to women from developing and emerging economies to pursue PhD or Post-doctorate studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines at leading universities worldwide. Ultimately, grant recipients are expected to return to their home countries to continue their academic careers, to further their research, to teach and to become inspirational role models for other young women, especially in the STEM fields.

Grant amounts are based on actual costs for eligible expenses up to a maximum of USD 50,000 per year and may be renewed through to completion of studies subject to performance, self-evaluation, recommendation from supervisors and strong evidence of re-integration plans into the home country. Candidates should have applied to, have been admitted to, or be currently enrolled in a university abroad when submitting their grant application. Candidates must hold an excellent academic record and illustrate their commitment to teaching and research or to using their scientific knowledge in public policy advocacy. Candidates should demonstrate leadership skills, community outreach interest and have a track record in encouraging young women into the STEM fields.

For more information visit the fellowship website.


2015 HUD Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition

Registration Deadline: December 18, 2014

The second annual HUD Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition challenges multi-disciplinary, graduate student teams to respond to a real life affordable housing design and planning issue. Multidisciplinary teams must be comprised of a minimum of three students (no more than five) plus one faculty advisor, representing at least three graduate level programs: architecture, planning/public policy, or business/real estate/social entrepreneurship. To learn more and register visit the event website. The competition is sponsored by HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R).