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. See our resources for choosing your major, and for more information check out the “Majors” tab of the MyPlan resource.

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 passion and the world’s need. 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

Creating your Five Year Plan

Career planning is an essential part of your career development. By coming up with a career plan, you can start to orchestrate what you need to meet both your short- and long-term career goals. Not sure what to major in? …

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Elevate your LinkedIn: A guide for first-year undergraduates

There are plenty of social media platforms out there, but I would like to introduce you to one that can help your career. LinkedIn is a social media platform designed to help you manage your career and professional identity. With …

By Erik Pavesic
Erik Pavesic Assistant Director, Career Advising & Training
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Major Exploration

As the major declaration date approaches, many first-year students are nervous about making the decision. This resource by Yan Wu shares some of the great resources on the major exploration process:

Self-assessment

Self-assessment is a great way to help you …

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Enhance Your Resume: A guide for First-Year Undergraduates

As a first-year student, you may be overwhelmed with transitioning your high school resume into one that is ready to secure all sorts of great experiences at MIT. This guide will help provide the basics, and as you have specific …

By Erik Pavesic
Erik Pavesic Assistant Director, Career Advising & Training
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Twelve Things You Can Do in Handshake

Okay, okay, okay–truth be told I really wanted to refer to this article as “Handshake Hacks” or “How to Hack Handshake” purely for the alliterative quality, but I refuse to misuse such a cherished term around the Institute with some …

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

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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.

Career planning is an essential part of your career development. By coming up with a career plan, you can start …

As the major declaration date approaches, many first-year students are nervous about making the decision. This resource by Yan Wu

Cleaning Up Your GitHub

Sharon Lin writes, “I learned about GitHub somewhere between middle and high school after checking out some repositories from old …