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 Career Exploration Series

Every fall and IAP, CAPD hosts an institute-wide Career Exploration Series! 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. This year’s 2023-24 series will start on September 11th.

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.

Some of the events in the 2023-24 series include:

Interested in exploring your options by chatting with employers? Sign up for an informal coffee chat to speak with employers in individual and small group settings!

How To Successfully Craft Your Own Career

The modern career landscape is complex and often non-linear. It can be tempting to try and find another escalator – a career you can just step onto which will take care of you in your journey onwards and upwards, the direction …

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Interview Rooms Available for Student & Postdoc Use

Career Advising & Professional Development (E17-294) has private interview rooms that can be reserved if you need a space for a virtual employer interview. These rooms are available to current students and postdocs Monday through Friday from 10am – 4pm, excluding …

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Profiles in Public Service Podcast

In “Profiles in Public Service,” a podcast from the Partnership for Public Service, co-hosts Loren DeJonge Schulman and Rachel Klein-Kircher help break down common myths about government by highlighting the critical ways in which federal employees have demonstrated …

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Finding jobs in 2021: CAPD’s guide to the current state of recruiting

After the last eighteen months, it comes as no surprise that the recruiting landscape has seen a major shift to virtual recruiting  and an emphasis on improving company culture and inclusivity. However, there’s plenty about fall 2021’s recruiting cycle …

By Lydia Huth
Lydia Huth Communications Specialist
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Career Exploration and Planning Tools for PhDs and Postdocs

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

MIT PhD Survey

Our annual “Earned Doctoral Degree Survey” tracks the plans of MIT doctorates after graduation in both industry and …

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