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.

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.


Career Connect Session – Skills and your career

Date: Thursday Oct. 23, 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Location: E25-117

Career Connect sessions provide training for MIT spouses and partners who are looking for work or professional development opportunities during their time at MIT, no matter where they are in the job search process. At this session, speaker Michelle King, HR MIT Career Services, will help you identify where you are within the career development process, recognize transferable and self-management skills, and plan the next steps that you may take to continue your own career development and job search. Attend this session to strengthen your ability to communicate your skills and accomplishments as well as prioritize the next actions you need to carry out in your job search. Please bring a job description. The target audience of this session is non-academic job seekers who are tackling their first job search in the United States or are changing careers. Topics specific to the academic job search will not be covered.

This session is sold out but registration at the door is allowed to fill any unclaimed seats and will be on a first-come first-served basis.


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).