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.

Job Search 101 (Small Group)

Date: Tuesday, Sept 30
Time: 4:00-5:00pm

This small group workshop presented by Samantha Neary and Lily Zhang aims to assist those new to the job or internship search by introducing multiple search methods, networking strategies, and action planning. CareerBridge, the Alumni Directory, and other key GECD resources will also be discussed within the context of attendees’ personal career goals. This event is specifically targeted to students beginning their first job or internship search. As attendance is limited, advance registration is required via CareerBridge.

Business Etiquette Workshop with Accenture

Date: Tuesday, Sept 30
Time: 7:00 – 8:00pm

Join Accenture for a discussion about professional etiquette. Learn how to communicate and present yourself effectively in a business environment. Accenture consultants will share etiquette tips and help you assess your professional image. Accenture is a multinational management consulting, technology services, and outsourcing company. All GECD events are open to MIT undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and alumni. Advanced registration requested via CareerBridge.

Applying to Graduate School in the UK

Date: Tuesday, Sept 30
Time: 7:00-9:00pm
Location: Kendall Room, British Consulate, 7th Floor of One Broadway, Cambridge MA

Imperial College London, King’s College London, University College London will be visiting Boston on 30th of September to present a free seminar to students on graduate studies in the UK, studying in London, the application process and tips for success. Discover how you can gain your Master’s degree in a year or a PhD degree in 3 years and gain an international experience which will set you apart! See the full information.

Teaching at Teaching-Intensive Institutions

Date: Friday, October 3rd
Time: 9 AM – 3:30 PM
Location: Best Western Royal Plaza (181 Boston Post Rd W, Marlborough, MA 01752)

Attend a day-long workshop about teaching at regional comprehensives, community colleges, and liberal arts schools! Free and open to all PhD students, adjunct faculty members, recent PhDs, and anyone interested in a faculty position at a teaching-intensive institution, this event will provide guidance, information, and skills necessary to a profession of enlightening the minds of others. In addition to job counseling, there will also be sessions on Work-Life Balance, Teaching-Research Balance, What You Need to Know About Community Colleges, Engaging Your Inner Entrepreneur as a Junior Faculty Member, Giving Student Feedback, and more!

MOOC on STEM Teaching

Date: Begins October 6
Loctaion: Online course

An Introduction to Evidenced-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching, an open, online course for those preparing for future faculty and higher education teaching careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics is being offered by our colleagues in the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) Network. The online course runs for 7 weeks from Oct. 6 – Nov. 23. Read the detailed course description and registration information. NOTE: THIS IS NOT AN MIT COURSE.  Course registration and management occurs through Coursera.

MIT’s Teaching and Learning Lab will be facilitating a local learning community around this course for those wishing to deepen their experience through individual and small group active learning exercises. The learning community will meet on campus from 11:30am-1:00pm every Wednesday for the duration of the online course. Learning community discussions will focus on online content presented in the previous week. The first meeting will take place on Wed, Oct. 15 and the last meeting will take place on Wed, Nov. 26. In order to have rich and continuing discussions on teaching and learning, we ask that learning community registrants commit to regularly attending the Wednesday sessions*. If you are interested in joining the MIT local learning community, please complete the online registration form.  The size of the learning community is limited. Participants will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

*While participants in the online course can acquire a “Statement of Accomplishment” from Coursera, there is no documentation/award/certificate for participation in the MIT local learning community. If you have questions about joining the local learning community, please contact Leann Dobranski (

Cleantech Entrepreneurs Panel

Date: Wed, Oct. 8
Time: 7-8pm
Location: MIT E40-160

Four entrepreneurs with varying backgrounds will discuss their paths to entrepreneurship, their experiences starting companies, and their advice for those thinking about pursuing entrepreneurship. Panelists include:

  • Melinda Sims founded Loci Controls and has a PhD and SM from MIT in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Entrepreneurship.
  • Sarah Haig founded Silverside Detectors and has an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School and a BA in Comparative Area Studies from Duke University.
  • Eliza Becton founded Refresh Water and holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Yale University and a Master of Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design.
  • Emily Reichert is the CEO of Greentown Labs and has a PhD in Physical Chemistry and an MBA from MIT.

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