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 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.

Nuts and bolts of an Academic JoB Search

Date: Tuesday, July 29th; 2:30 – 3:30 pm

Location: 32-123

Are you considering an academic career? Wondering how to mount a successful job search in a highly competitive academic job market? Faculty panelists who successfully landed a position will outline an effective search strategy and discuss important elements of the process – finding opportunities of interest, preparing a strong application, the role of your advisors, interviewing, negotiating, and how the increasingly competitive job market is changing the faculty search process. Snacks and refreshments will be provided!  Sponsored by the GSC Academic, Research and Careers Committee.

GSC Dissertation Bootcamp

Dates: July 28th – August 8th, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Location: Hayden Library

Are you preparing your thesis to meet the summer thesis submission deadline? GSC is here to help! We will provide you with a quiet place in Hayden Library to work on your thesis with other graduate students, where breakfast & coffee will be provided every day! You can choose to attend any day that works best for you. If you are interested, please sign up online, or contact GSC ARC at with any additional questions.

GSC Legislative Actions Subcommittee meeting

Date: Thursday, July 31st; 5:30 pm

Location: 50-220

Join the GSC Legislative Actions Subcommittee (LASC) to discuss political issues concerning MIT graduate students. Learn about going to Washington DC with LASC to advocate on Capitol Hill for MIT graduate students, and contribute to op-ed articles on political issues! This meeting, LASC will also be discussing how negative data affect the scientific community. New members are always welcome and free food will be provided at the meeting. For more information, see the LASC website or contact with any questions.

International Care Critical Data Marathon

Date: Register by July 31st, event takes place September 5th-7th

Location: MIT Stata Center

In collaboration with Hacking Medicine, the MIT Laboratory for Computational Physiology is holding the second International Critical Care Data Marathon. The event will bring together nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, and physicians with data scientists to address clinically relevant questions in a large clinical database over the course of a weekend. Participants will have the opportunity to work with a large, open-access ICU database called MIMIC (created in collaboration with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), MIT, and Philips Healthcare).  In 48 hours, teams of clinicians and data scientists will generate novel questions to address which will hopefully result in lasting relationships and clinically relevant projects.

Yesplus: Stress Management & Happiness Workshop

Date: August 7th-11th, 6pm-10pm (weekdays) and 10am-6pm (weekends)

Location: MIT rooms (TBA)

Join the Art of Living Foundation to learn techniques to overcome academic, personal, and professional stress and get closer to achieving your full potential. Trained faculty from the international non-profit will be teaching classes on de-stressing and powerful breathing techniques like Sudarshan Kriya, pranayama, yoga, meditation, and practical wisdom through fun games. Tuition is $250 and you must register online. Contact with any questions.