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.

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

Job Search for International Students

Date: Monday, Oct 27, 2:00-3:30pm
Location: 32-144

Come learn how you, as an international student, can develop and enhance your job search and interviewing skills. This workshop will cover job search strategies, visa challenges, how to succeed in the U.S. workplace, interviewing styles and brief cover letter/resume tips. This session will focus specifically on challenges many international students may face when searching for a job and interviewing. All GECD events are open to MIT undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and alumni. Advanced registration requested via CareerBridge.

Social Media for the Job Search

Date: Tuesday, Oct 28, 3:00-4:00pm
Location: 1-375

Most employers search social media when deciding whether to hire a candidate. What kind of a message does your online presence send? Learn how to use social media to make you a more desirable job candidate, brand yourself, and tap your networks to find out about more opportunities.

Effective Presentation Skills

Date: Wednesday, Oct 29, 3:00-4:30pm
Location: 24-121

Do you present your work to your lab, at conferences, or to a faculty or industry hiring committee?  If so, this workshop presented by Bob Dolan is designed to provide you with tips and strategies for delivering an effective presentation.  The more prepared you are, the more confident you will be.  Discussions will include room set-up, proper dress, room management, and actual professional delivery to your audience. All GECD events are open to MIT undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and alumni. Advanced registration requested via CareerBridge.


Boutique Consulting Meet Up

Date: Tuesday, November 4, 5:30-6:30
Location: Stata 4th floor R&D Commons (32-G401)

Join GECD for its first Boutique Consulting Meet Up, a casual and informational event for students to mingle with professionals from several local boutique consulting firms.  Meet MIT alumni and other representatives from these companies, learn about their work, their culture, and about potential career paths. Some of the firms attending include Canback & Company, Trinity Partners, Clearview Healthcare Partners, and Stroud International. Light refreshments will be served. All GECD events are open to MIT undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and alumni. Advanced registration requested via CareerBridge.


Life in the Age of the App: Move Beyond Burnout and Create a Career You Love

Date: Thursday, November 6, 1:00-2:00 
Location: 1-190

You’re smart, motivated, and hungry to make an impact on the world. But at times, the pressure of where you’re heading after graduation and how to get there can feel unrelenting. When given the choice, should you put in another hour studying for finals, try to land a killer internship, take a much-needed social break or catch up on sleep? The answer isn’t always cut and dry; the pressure to succeed can weigh heavily, and you fear making a “wrong” move. In this workshop you’ll learn from Millennial expert and bestselling author, Jenny Blake, a new approach to career-building that will allow you to create a customizable, sustainable, dynamic career that you love — whether you’re still in school or preparing for life after graduation. Rather than think of your education and career linearly, like a ladder, you’ll learn how to embrace life as a smart phone: fully customizable to your skills and interests. Sponsored by GECD, MIT Work Life Center, and Google. All GECD events are open to MIT undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and alumni. Advanced registration requested via CareerBridge.


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 and register today!


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.

Social Entrepreneurship Institute (Presented by Unite For Sight)

Date: Friday, Dec 5, All-Day
Location: Shubert Theater, New Haven, CT

The second annual Social Entrepreneurship Institute will be held on Friday, December 5, 2014, at the Shubert Theater in New Haven, Connecticut.  Presented annually by Unite For Sight, the Social Entrepreneurship Institute provides mentoring, guidance, and successful strategies for participants to apply to their work in global health, social entrepreneurship, and international development. In addition to unique interactive sessions by leaders in global health and social entrepreneurship, the Institute also includes lunch and dinner networking receptions with the speakers.  Space is limited, and early registration is encouraged.  A very reduced early bird registration rate is available through October 31Those who register by October may apply by November 1 to give a presentation and to engage on the Shubert Theater stage in a conversation with the expert speaker panelists. Visit the event website for additional information.

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).