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Exploring Careers

Find Your Place in the World

A job is just a piece of the puzzle. Finding the right career path is a process of discovery that lasts a lifetime. It starts with some big questions. What do you want to accomplish in your life? What kind of environment supports and inspires you? What makes you happy? You don’t have to figure it all out right now — but you can start to think about the bigger picture by exploring different career paths, setting long-term goals, and meeting with a CAPD career advisor.

The Fall Career Exploration Series

This fall, CAPD is happy to announce an institute-wide Career Exploration Series that begins on September 13th and runs through November! This series is a collaboration between MIT departments, programs, employers, and alumni to help all students learn about the different career and graduate/professional school options available to you.  

Visit the events page on Handshake and filter by the label “career exploration series” to see all events in the series and register for the events you would like to attend.

Assessment Tools

How to Self-Assess

Self-assessment is about more than discovering your motivations, needs, interests, values and skills. It’s also about prioritizing them. We’ve got tools to help you and experienced staff to walk you through the process.

MyPlan

Identify your interests, …

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Researching Careers

Learning more about industries and careers options can help you narrow your focus on those that might be a good fit. Below are some tools and techniques to help you begin researching potential career paths. Don’t forget: if you need …

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MIT Libraries Business Databases

The MIT Libraries hosts several useful and informative databases that include Industry Codes (e.g. Census Bureau’s NAICS), Overviews (e.g. FitchConnect, IBISWorld, S&P Surveys, Statista), Industry-specific (e.g. GlobalData, eTrack, SNL), ratios, and specifics.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS): Occupational Outlook Handbook

The Occupational Outlook Handbook from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides information on what workers do; the work environment; education, training, and other qualifications; pay; the job outlook; information on state and area data; similar occupations; and sources …

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A Major Puzzle: First Year Decision Making

This virtual toolkit covers different ways to approach the decision-making process around major declaration to accommodate your values, interests, purpose, and more! All of the resources presented are included in the Resource section of Handshake.

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Career Advising & Professional Development (E17-294) has private interview rooms which can be reserved if you need a space for …

MyPlan is a career-planning and self-assessment tool. This service may require that you make an account, but your access is …

Luckily, you’re no stranger to research. The following tools and resources will help you explore different PhD career paths.

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How to Self-Assess

Self-assessment is about more than discovering your motivations, needs, interests, values and skills. It’s also about prioritizing …

Learning more about industries and careers options can help you narrow your focus on those that might be a good …