Getting started & Handshake 101

Find the career that’s best for you

Whether you’re a first year, a PhD or a professional planning a career change, start your journey by getting to know yourself better, finding your best career fit, and making a plan that puts your goals within reach. If you are an incoming first year undergraduate student, start by visiting our virtual orientation.

Explore how choosing your undergraduate major can affect your career path.

  • Your major doesn’t have to determine your career path, but it’s still helpful to learn about some common pathways for people in your area of study. Dive into our resources for choosing your major.

Get to know yourself better: Conduct a self-assessment

  • Identifying your values, skills, and interests will help you figure out where you’ll be happy – and what’s a deal breaker.

Find the best career fit: Research career options

  • You’ll find your perfect job in the sweet spot between your passions, your skills, and the world’s needs. But what does the world need? What kinds of jobs are out there? Research various career paths to determine the right fit for you.

Put your goals within reach: Make a career plan

Me in the Future (MIT Future): Fall 2023 events series for first years

Join your classmates for this year’s MIT Future series, a collection of events tailored to your needs as a first year undergraduate student at MIT. Learn more and register for events individually at the Handshake links below. For all CAPD …

By Ariel Ackermann
Ariel Ackermann
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Activities to help you find your purpose

We could be wrong, but chances are a person never found their purpose by just sitting somewhere and doing nothing. Engage your senses and your mind with one of these seven activities designed to help you uncover something purposeful for …

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How to make an appointment with CAPD

Wondering how to make an appointment with a CAPD staff member? Follow these steps to get connected with someone who can provide tailored support for your career and professional development questions, from writing a resume or CV to graduate school …

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Free Career Aptitude Tests

This article, written by Alison Doyle of the Balance Career provides information on free career aptitude tests available online.

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5 things to do/not do when supporting your student in finding a major

The arrival of spring means that first year undergraduates are approaching their first opportunity to declare a major. As parents, supporters, mentors or advisors to these students, I want to share a few things to keep in mind as you …

By Erik Pavesic
Erik Pavesic Assistant Director, Career Advising & Training
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Featured Resources

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Handshake 101: What it is & how to use it

CAPD is committed to creating a welcoming, inclusive environment for everyone we serve. If you need any disability-related accommodations to …

Choosing a major does not have to be tedious or boring. You can have a little bit of fun before …

We could be wrong, but chances are a person never found their purpose by just sitting somewhere and doing nothing. …

Wondering how to make an appointment with a CAPD staff member? Follow these steps to get connected with someone who …

This article, written by Alison Doyle of the Balance Career provides information on free career aptitude tests available online.