Graduate Student Professional Development

Discover resources, connect with mentors, dive deeper into MIT’s 7 professional development competencies, and find out about upcoming events and opportunities.

Graduate professional development is skills-based training complementary to your academic coursework that will augment any career path you decide to follow, within and beyond academe.

MIT provides professional development resources to help you deepen your skills and knowledge in seven areas: career advancement, communication, interpersonal skills, leadership and mentoring, personal development, social responsibility, and teaching. Honing these competencies will give you the confidence to thrive and contribute as a researcher, educator, industry leader, and citizen.

 

Individual Development Plans (IDPs)

Individual Development Plans, or IDPs, are a key professional development tool used within both academia and industry to establish priorities, set goals, and track progress. You can create your own tailored Individual Development Plan to guide you in self-assessment, exploration, goal setting, implementation, recording milestones, and reflection.

By creating and using an IDP,  you can optimize your PhD years by planning experiences that will help you build the competencies and skills you need not only to finish your degree but to keep rising throughout your career.

Flagship Programs

Graduate Students of Color Mentoring Circles

The Graduate Students of Color Mentoring Circles connect students with alumni who provide culturally relevant perspectives on academic and industry careers. The next program will run in April 2024.  Interested graduate students, email Elsie Otero at eotero@mit.edu.

The Path of Professorship

This 2-day workshop for MIT graduate and post-doctoral women provides information about academic scientific careers and the application process.


A person walks past a moving, motion-blurred subway train.

Professional development certificates for PhDs and postdocs

MIT offers 2 new professional development certificates to help graduate students and postdocs fast track and focus their growth in two essential areas: mentoring and grant writing.

Faculty Job Search Series (FJSS)

The Faculty Job Search Series (FJSS) supports graduate students and postdocs who are preparing for the faculty job market.  The program brings together expertise from around the Institute, including faculty, CAPD, the Writing and Communication Center, the Teaching and Learning Lab, the OGE, and the Engineering Communication Labs. 

Build a strong application informed by experts across the Institute via overviews, faculty panels, deep dives, and hands-on-workshops aligned with the timeline of the faculty job search.


MIT Alumni Advisors Hub

Think of the worldwide community of MIT alumni as a vast and renewable resource that you, as an MIT graduate student, are invited to tap and leverage.  Using the Alumni Advisors Hub is one of the most powerful ways there is to augment your technical training. There’s no better source of information and wisdom to inform your journey than the scholars and professionals who have been where you are now, and gone on to discover, teach, influence, and lead with excellence in the world beyond the Infinite Corridor.

Image of a library

Resource Library

Ready to dive in? The Graduate Professional Development Resource Library is a curated collection of articles, web resources, podcasts, books, and more.

Click to view the resource library

A successful inaugural year for CAPD Graduate Student Professional Development’s certificate programs

This spring, over 150 doctoral students and postdocs successfully completed CAPD’s new professional development certificate program. Two certificates—one in research mentoring and the other in grant writing—were launched last fall to help PhD students and postdocs advance their growth in …

By Julia Mongo
Julia Mongo Staff Writer and Advisor
Read more

MIT Comm Lab Spotlight: Engineers, Express Yourselves

The MIT School of Engineering Communication Lab, which turned 10 in 2023, helps students translate their work for broader impact.

For a decade, the MIT School of Engineering Communication Lab, which originated in the Department of Biological Engineering and has …

By Tara Thakurta
Tara Thakurta Graduate Community Fellow
Read more

Paid Positions at the Office of Sustainability

The MIT Office of Sustainability is seeking applicants for a 10-week, student researcher summer cohort program.

We have 6 hourly paid positions for graduate and undergraduate students.

This is an opportunity to dive into hands-on projects aimed at advancing sustainability …

By Tara Thakurta
Tara Thakurta Graduate Community Fellow
Read more

Dissertation Dispatch: The Grad School Survival Guide

Graduate school can be hard. And during difficult moments, advice from peers who have walked a similar path can make you feel less alone. That’s why the Graduate Professional Development team is putting together a “Survival Guide” of real advice, …

By Tara Thakurta
Tara Thakurta Graduate Community Fellow
Read more

2024 Path of Professorship builds up women in academia

On November 18-19, 2023 CAPD and the Office of Graduate Education (OGE) successfully organized the 18th annual Path of Professorship program. Path of Professorship is a 2-day workshop for women interested in pursuing academic careers. This revered tradition was created by Blanche …

By Elsie Otero
Elsie Otero Assistant Director, Graduate Student Professional Development
Read more

Sidebar

Featured Profiles

Diana Chien

Alumni, Partner
  • Program Director, School of Engineering Communication Lab
Meet Diana >

Sean Clarke

Alumni, Partner
  • Communication Instructor + Biotech Liaison
Meet Sean >
Meet Journee >
  • Director of the Writing and Communication Center (WCC)
Meet Elena >
Meet Breanna >

Lily Liu

Student
  • PhD Student, gwaMIT Co-Chair
Meet Lily >
  • Senior Lecturer, Bernard M. Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program
Meet David >
  • Director of Product Management and Strategy / Alum Broadcom
Meet Ravi >
  • Senior Advisor for Communications , MIT Office of the Vice Chancellor
Meet Michael Patrick >
Meet Hannah >
  • Associate Director of the Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT
Meet Ashley >

Featured Profiles

.

  • Associate Director of the Knight Science Journalism Program at MIT
Meet Ashley >
  • Senior Advisor for Communications , MIT Office of the Vice Chancellor
Meet Michael Patrick >
  • Director of the Writing and Communication Center (WCC)
Meet Elena >

Lily Liu

Student
  • PhD Student, gwaMIT Co-Chair
Meet Lily >
  • Senior Lecturer, Bernard M. Gordon-MIT Engineering Leadership Program
Meet David >

Diana Chien

Alumni, Partner
  • Program Director, School of Engineering Communication Lab
Meet Diana >

Sean Clarke

Alumni, Partner
  • Communication Instructor + Biotech Liaison
Meet Sean >