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Graduate Student Professional Development

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.


Get connected to alumni through Graduate Students of Color Mentoring Circles

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 eotero@mit.edu.

 


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Virtual Event: “Unleash your PhD” Oct. 25-29, 2021

Register for your free tickets here.

The Unleash your PhD event is open to anyone with a PhD or who is working on one and is curious about
non-academic job opportunities:
…From any sector (STEM, humanities, & beyond)
…Who wants …

By Amanda Cornwall
Amanda Cornwall Associate Director, Graduate Student Professional Development Amanda Cornwall
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OGE Fall Financial Literacy Workshops: Oct. 26, Nov. 5, Nov. 9

The Office of Graduate Education invites all graduate students to a virtual workshop series on investing brought to you by Fidelity Investments. This three-part series will help guide those interested on the path to investing. RSVP here. A Zoom link will be …

By Amanda Cornwall
Amanda Cornwall Associate Director, Graduate Student Professional Development Amanda Cornwall
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Graduate Students of Color Mentoring Circles Create Opportunities to Connect with Alumni

Career Advising and Professional Development (CAPD) and the Office of Graduate Education (OGE) have launched the 2021-2022 Mentoring Circle initiative for Graduate Students of Color. Through this month-long program (mid-October through mid-November), students have the opportunity to connect with alumni …

By Elsie Otero
Elsie Otero Assistant Director, Graduate Student Professional Development Elsie Otero
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Lindsey Backman: Biochemist, mentor, and advocate

Hannah Meiseles | MIT News Office

Publication Date: September 28, 2021

The PhD candidate studies the human microbiome and its proteins, while also championing the Latinx community on MIT’s campus. Raised in Tampa, Florida, Lindsey Backman takes pride in her family’s …

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Faculty Job Opportunity: Open-Field Tenure-Track Role at Harvey Mudd

Harvey Mudd College invites applications for an open field tenure-track faculty position in our General Engineering program. The Department of Engineering seeks candidates with experience and knowledge in applications of engineering who can excel in teaching a broadly-based undergraduate curriculum …

By Amanda Cornwall
Amanda Cornwall Associate Director, Graduate Student Professional Development Amanda Cornwall
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