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.

Technology and Me: Navigating an Increasingly Digital World

Date: Friday, February 27th
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Kiva room 32-G449

Attend a conversation with Prof Scott Aaronson (EECS) and Fr Jonah Lynch (author of The Scent of Lemons: Technology and Relationships in the Age of Facebook)! Dinner will be provided. This event is sponsored by the MIT Tech Catholic Community and Crossroads Cultural Center.

Getting and Negotiating Academic Job Offers (Panel)

Date: Monday, March 2nd
Time: 2:00-3:30pm
Location: 76-156

Are you in the process of searching for academic positions? Are you wondering how the hiring process works for a faculty position? Do you want to know if you are able to negotiate academic job offers, and if so, how? Then this workshop is for you. Come hear from newly appointed faculty members at MIT to learn about how they successfully navigated the process. Also listen to an experienced MIT faculty member speak from the hiring committee perspective. Advanced registration requested via CareerBridge.

MIT-Imperial Global Fellows Program Information Session

Date: Tuesday, March 3rd
Time: 3:00-4:00pm
Location: 24-121

Now in its 5th year, the Global Fellows Program is currently open for applications! Join us for this info session and hear from previous participants. For more information about the program, continue down this page.

Exploring Careers in Finance

Date: Tuesday, March 3rd
Time: 5:30-6:30pm
Location: 4-163

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.

Exploring Careers in Consulting

Date: Wednesday, March 4th
Time: 6:00-7:00pm
Location: 4-237

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.

Exploring Careers in the Federal Government

Date: Thursday, March 5th
Time: 5:00-6:30pm
Location:  3-333

Have you ever wondered how you might use your degree from MIT in the Federal Government? Come hear from Jason Parman of the Office of Personnel Management to learn about the many opportunities available to students and recent graduates in both non-STEM and STEM fields. Jason will share information on navigating the many opportunities to find the right position, using the application system correctly, and planning your career in public service.

Third Annual Water Night

Date: Thursday, March 5th
Time: 5:00-8:00pm
Location: La Sala de Puerto Rico (W20-202)

Like water? Yeah you do! Come see the latest achievements in water-related fields at MIT! Network with water researchers and professionals while having refreshments (bring 21+ governmentt ID for alcohol). This event is free and everyone is invited. Please register if you are attending. The third annual Water Night is presented by the MIT Water Club and Sponsored by Graduate Student Life Grants and the Large Events Fund.

MIT asian career fair

Date: March 7, 2015
Location: Student Center (W20)

Interested in working in Asia? MIT Asian Career Fair 2015 is just around the corner. There are already around 30 companies registered in the database so far, including Microsoft, Hisense, Ping An, 3M, Netease, Toshiba, E-ink, TSMC, Samsung, IBM, Intel, Sony, Schlumberger, Uber, Deloitte… And more are coming along!

For additional information and how to register visit here or feel free to email any questions to

Exploring Careers in Patent Law

Date: Monday, March 9th
Time: 5:30-7:00pm
Location: 4-163

Learn from professionals working in patent law about careers that let you stay abreast of the newest technologies. By working in the field of intellectual property, you can make a career of patenting, protecting, licensing, and valuing the most recent technological discoveries! Topics discussed will include a day-in-the-life of patent attorneys and a discussion of how intellectual property rights are protected in the realms of academia and industry. Featuring Wolf Greenfield, Bose, and more. Advanced registration is requested via CareerBridge.

Exploring Careers in Public Service

Date: Tuesday, March 10,
Time: 5:30-6:30pm
Location: 2-105

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 Teach for America, Global Health Corps, Peace Corps, and more. Advanced registration is requested via CareerBridge.

Exploring Careers in Big Data

Date: Wednesday, March 11
Time: 5:00-6:00pm
Location: 2-105

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. Featuring panelists from Kyruus, Insight Data Science, and more. Advanced registration is requested via CareerBridge.

Exploring Careers in Product Design

Date: Thursday, March 12
Time: 5:30-6:30pm
Location: 2-105

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. Panelists 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. This event features panelists from Radius, Manta Product Development, and more. Advanced registration is requested via CareerBridge.

Simple Strategies to Resolve Conflicts with Difficult Supervisors and Coworkers, with Dora Farkas, PhD

Date: Thursday, March 19
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Location: Monadnock Room, Broad Institute, 415 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02142

In this interactive seminar, Dr. Farkas will discuss ways to cope with conflicts in the workplace, whether you are a student, postdoctoral fellow, researcher, or professional in the situation. She will discuss simple and practical strategies to resolve conflicts and work successfully with difficult supervisors or coworkers and show you ways to increase your confidence when you need to communicate with different types of difficult people. Advanced registration is required through AWIS. The seminar will be $10 for AWIS members and $20 for non-members.

New England diversity council – women in leadership symposium women of vision: leading transformation in the workplace

Date: Tuesday, March 24
Time: 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Location: Microsoft New England R&D Center, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02142

This annual event brings together a diverse mix of successful women leaders who will discuss topics pertaining to today’s workforce. Some topics include: “Super Women: Can I Have it All?”, “Women of Color: Striving for Excellence,” “Changing Lanes: How Do I Know the Time is Right,” “Doing Business in Heels: Making the Workplace a Place of Your Own,” etc. Hear from Chanda Guth (HR Director at Biogen), Marika Reuling (Chief of Staff at Harvard University), Karen E. Spilka (Massachusetts State Senator), and four other women leading in their professions and learn how they paved their way to their powerful leadership positions. If interested, register through the National Diversity Council  and visit the symposium webpage for more details.

[MASS AWIS and Cambridge Science Festival] Alternative careers in science speed networking event

Date: Wednesday, April 22
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 am
Location: 43 Vassar St. Cambridge (MIT building 46), 3rd Floor Atrium

This event is for women and men within the scientific community (from undergrads to early career levels) who are interested in exploring diverse career options in science. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with 10-15 experience individuals who will give insight into their chosen professions. The event will be held in a speed-networking fashion with participants switching tables every 15 minutes for a total of 5 sessions. Career areas include: consulting, patent law, sales and human resources, medical science liaison, teaching, competitive intelligence, etc. Please note this is not a career fair. Refreshments and desserts will be provided, as well as the chance to win a Starbucks gift-card if you register before April 15th. Admission is $15 for MASS AWIS members and $30 for non-members. Register and learn more about this event at the MASS AWIS webpage.

Global fellows program

Date: June 8, 2015 – June 12, 2015
Time: 9:30am – 9:00pm
Location: Dover, MA

MIT and Imperial College London are jointly offering an intensive 5-day Global Fellows Program for PhD students. Through presentations, interactive work and hands-on activities, PhD students from Imperial (20) and MIT (20) will develop professional skills required to launch and manage a successful research career. Emphasis will be on creating and sustaining successful international research collaborations. Please note that this program is overnight and five days total in a location off campus in Dover, MA. Submit the application form by March 11, 2015.

Contact with any questions and watch this short video to learn more about the program.