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.


MIT Graduate Student Employer Networking Event

When: Sep 21, 7 PM – 9 PM
Where: Mezzanine Lounge, 3rd floor W20 Stratton Student Center

Want to learn about careers outside academia? Looking for companies interested in hiring graduate students and postdocs? Hate that the Career Fair is so crowded? Come to the GSC’s new networking event at the end of Career Week! This event is limited to MIT graduate students and postdocs – register to reserve your spot now!


Alumni Career Panels

When: September 22, 2018, 3:30-5pm
Where: Tang Center, E51, 3rd floor

MIT alumni are returning to campus to talk with you, graduate students! Whether you just arrived to campus or know exactly what you want to do when you graduate, don’t miss this great opportunity to connect with MIT alumni. Attend one of four career panels:

  • Industry research & development
  • Government & policy
  • Consulting, business & finance
  • Academia

Alumni Reception for Graduate Students

When: September 22, 2018, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Where: Samberg Conference Center, E52, 7th floor

There will be a formal reception immediately following the panels. You are invited to come network with alumni attending the Alumni Leadership Conference. Registration is separate from the panels and must be completed by Friday, September 14 at noon if you are interested in attending. Note: there are a limited number of spots.


Teaching at Teaching Intensive Institutions Conference

When: Friday, September 28th – 9:00am-3:00pm
Where: Westfield State University, Scanlon Hall, Westfield, MA

Many faculty enjoy rewarding careers at colleges and universities that primarily emphasize teaching, including liberal arts colleges, community colleges, and regional comprehensive universities. This free one-day regional conference brings together graduate students, postdocs, and faculty to discuss what it’s like to work at teaching intensive institutions and how to apply for these faculty positions. Graduate students and postdocs will engage with faculty and deans from a range of teaching-intensive institutions across the New England region through a series of talks, panel presentations, and networking opportunities. View the flyer and register here.


Graduate Education in Medical Sciences Info Session

When: Oct 10 from 12 PM – 1 PM
Where: E25-401

Interested in learning how your engineering and basic science research meet medicine and healthcare? The GEMS certificate may be for you. Attend the GEMS Info Session on Wednesday, October 10 at 12pm in E25-401. Meet the co-directors, staff, and current GEMS scholars. Learn more about this opportunity to gain clinical experience and develop connections in the local medical community. Applicants must be currently enrolled in a doctoral program in a science or engineering department at MIT.