This is your hub, where you can discover resources, connect with mentors, dive deeper into MIT’s 7 professional development competencies, and find out about upcoming events and opportunities.
As a graduate student at MIT, chances are that your skills as a researcher are certifiably exceptional. You have already devoted no small number of years to the pursuit of knowledge and have been mentored by scholars and scientists who are among the very best in their fields. With this training behind you, you are poised to make waves wherever you go in the world beyond MIT. But there’s more.
MIT provides a comprehensive collection of professional development opportunities designed to help graduate students develop skills and knowledge in areas that will be of great value in any career path they decide to follow, within and beyond academe. Graduate professional development is skills-based training complementary to your discipline-based coursework, and focuses on seven competency areas: career advancement, communication, interpersonal skills, leadership and mentoring, personal development, social responsibility, and teaching. Adeptness and fluency within these competencies adds value to your graduate training, preparing you to anticipate what is ahead, tell your own story, collaborate generously, lead from the start, and stay well as you rise. Working with intention on your professional development will help you be more effective as you pursue your goals, and empower you to powerfully contribute towards the greater good as a researcher, educator, and citizen.
Graduate students at MIT have asked for more opportunities to enhance their professional development, and CAPD has grown in order to meet this need. This is your hub, where you can discover resources, connect with mentors, dive deeper into each professional development competency, and find out about upcoming events and opportunities.
Through this month-long program (mid-October through mid-November), connect virtually with alumni who can provide culturally relevant perspectives on pathways to academic and industry careers. Graduate students interested in participating can email Elsie Otero, Assistant Director of Graduate Student Professional Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org.