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.”
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.
Exploring Careers in consulting
Date: Tuesday, March 4 | 5:30-7:00 PM
Organizations of all kinds – for-profit, non-profit, and government agencies – do not always have the expertise, time, or resources to address some of the challenges that they face. When this occurs, many organizations will hire a consulting firm to help them solve a problem or facilitate an organizational change. Are you considering a career in consulting, but you’re not exactly sure what that entails? Come to this panel to hear from MIT alumni working at some of the top consulting firms on how they got their start, what daily life is like, and recommendations for your job search. Featuring panelists from BCG, McKinsey, Stroud International, and PA Consulting.
Exploring Careers in product design and development
Date: Wednesday, March 5 | 6:00-7:30 PM
Are you interested in using your skills and abilities to develop and design today’s most innovative products? Come learn from MIT alumni working in Product Design and Development. Panelist will share their own unique career trajectory, highlights about the different ways of getting into the industry, and tips on what skills and experience the industry is seeking. Featuring panelists from Bose, Corning, and MANTA Product Development.
Health + Planning Seminar
Date: Friday, March 7 | 12:30-2:00 PM
Ann Forsyth, Professor of Urban Planning at GSD, and Morteza Asgarzadeh, Research Fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health, will be giving presentations, with a Q&A session about designing for healthy places to follow. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Tpss i.ambassador – cuba
Date: Friday, March 7 | 1:30-2:30 PM
Join the Technology Policy Students Society for a lunchtime presentation on Cuba. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Exploring Careers in public service
Date: Tuesday, March 11 | 5:30-6:30 PM
Do you want to have an interesting job while also working for the common good? Is public service something you’ve been drawn to but aren’t sure how to translate that into a career? Come to this panel to hear directly from professionals on how they got their start, what their day to day work is like, and the advantages and disadvantages of working in a public service career. Featuring panelists from City Year, Design that Matters, Science from Scientists, and the State Department.
Exploring Careers in Finance
Date: Wednesday, March 12 | 5:00-6:30 PM
Are you curious to learn more about what it means to work in finance? Come to this career exploration panel to hear from employers on what their companies do in the broad field of finance, highlights about the different ways of getting into the industry, and tips on what skills and experience the industry is seeking. Featuring panelists from Bridgewater, Goldman Sachs, Peak6, State Street, and Wellington.
Center for computational Engineering student symposium
Date: Thursday, March 13
Cleve Moler, the chief mathematician, chairman, and cofounder of MathWorks, will examine the mathematics at the heart of some MATLAB and Simulink functions that affect, and possibly save, lives every day (at 4:00pm in 26-100). Students who have carried out original research involving computationally intensive methods are invited to present a poster highlighting their research. The poster session will take place at 5:00pm in 34-401B, and will be an opportunity to learn about cutting edge research on computational science and applied mathematics. There will also be a dinner at 5:45pm. Please fill out the registration form on the website if you plan to attend any part of the event.
Exploring Careers in Big Data
Date: Thursday, March 13 | 7:00-8:30 PM
Big Data has been described as “techniques for organizing and making sense of the huge amounts of information generated by Web users and networked sensors” (MIT News, 5/31/12). At our GECD Big Data Careers panel, alumni and representatives from different industries will talk about the way their company is using big data techniques, and the career paths opening up in this burgeoning field.
Tpss i.ambassador – Nigeria
Date: Friday, March 14 | 12:00-1:00 PM
Join the Technology Policy Students Society for a lunchtime presentation on Nigeria. Contact email@example.com for more information.
Conflict Resolution book discussion
Date: Friday, March 14 | 12:00-1:30 PM
Location: MIT Student Center, PDR4 (W20-308a)
Conflict Resolution@MIT, in collaboration with the New England Association for Conflict Resolution, will hold a Brown Bag Book Discussion of Staying with Conflict by Bernie Mayer. Refreshments and dessert will be served. In the book, Bernard Mayer, a pioneer in the field of conflict resolution, offers a new paradigm for dealing with long-term disputes. Mayer explains that when dealing with enduring conflict, mediators and other conflict resolution specialists need to move past the idea of how quickly they can resolve the conflict. Instead, they should focus on how they can help people prepare to engage with an issue over time. Once their attention is directed away from a speedy resolution to a long-term approach, new avenues of intervention become apparent. The book is filled with illustrative examples from a broad variety of conflicts, from the interpersonal to the international. Sign up here.
Yesplus: Stress Management and happiness workshop
Date: Friday-Tuesday, March 14-18
Location: 4-261 (first day only)
This is an opportunity to learn techniques to overcome academic, personal, and professional stress and to get closer to achieving one’s full potential. Participants will de-stress and learn powerful breathing techniques like the Sudarshan Kriya, pranayama, yoga, meditation, and practical wisdom through fun games. Trained faculty from the international non-profit organization, The Art of Living Foundation, will run the workshop. Tuition is $250. Register online. To attend an information and experience session, visit this website. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Global Startup Workshop
Date: Monday-Wednesday, March 24-26
Location: Marrakech, Morocco
Looking for something unique to do during spring break? MIT’s Global Startup Workshop is the Institution’s leading student-run global entrepreneurship conference, held in Marrakech, Morocco. Mingle with over 350 students and entrepreneurs from around the world. Explore three days of exciting panels, keynote speakers, networking receptions, and a Moroccan gala dinner! Special attractive reduced registration rate is available for MIT. Contact email@example.com for more information, or visit the website.
McKinsey & Co. Destination EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa)
Date: Monday, March 31
Location: McKinsey & Company Downtown Boston
Destination EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) is an event hosted by a number of McKinsey & Company’s international offices and will be held in Boston on March 31, 2014. It is designed for graduate students at schools in the Boston area who are interested in pursuing a career with their firm in the EMEA regions. For more information and to apply to attend, please visit the event website.
Data science challenge
Deadline: Wednesday, April 3
The Accenture and MIT Alliance in Business Analytics has launched a Data Science Challenge in partnership with the City of Chicago. The challenge will use the City of Chicago’s open data sets with the objective to deliver potential positive impact to City of Chicago residents, visitors, and businesses. Analyze the data, make visualizations, and possibly win one of three financial prizes of $5,000. The challenge is open to full-time graduate or undergraduate MIT students. For more information, visit the website.