Transitioning to the world of work after college is an exciting and unique time. As you navigate your new identity as an emerging or early career professional, you are simultaneously tasked with making informed financial decisions, planning for future success, and taking care of your mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing.
MIT’s Career Advising & Professional Development team continues to meet with alumni for up to 2 years post-graduation. Book an appointment on Handshake with a Career Advisor to discuss your career development needs. If you are past the 2-year mark, connect with the Alumni Association‘s resources.
Resources for different phases of your career
Career Advising & Professional Development and our MIT partners will help you start out your career on the right foot when it comes to personal, financial, and professional matters. In addition to the resources below, read up on the graduate student professional development competencies to hone your skills and thrive in any professional environment. When in doubt, schedule an appointment with one of CAPD’s advisors or attend an event.
Your first professional experience
Beginning a new job is an exciting time with a lot of considerations to make. Whether you are navigating your first internship or full-time offer, knowing how to review a job offer and negotiate for what you want will allow you to set yourself up for a rewarding and financially successful career.
Finding your way after MIT
As you continue to grow and develop within the world of work, you can supplement your experience with opportunities to gain experience in a new career area.
Your personal vs. professional identity can be challenging to navigate, and will continue to change through each experience you have. Stay connected to your peers and cultivating your professional network through professional ERG’s and MIT Alumni groups.
Once you are ready to reflect, share your knowledge with other MIT community members.
Personal life skills & financial stability
Launching into professional work culture might require you to expand your knowledgebase. Here are some resources to help you get your footing.
- Invest in personal wellness
- Tips for finding an apartment
- How to avoid scams & frauds
- Save money on your move
- Learn about investment planning
Making a pivot
Whether you are leaving your first professional role, making a career pivot (changing sectors, industry, etc.) or considering graduate school, here are some resources to get your started:
- 5 to-dos after you accept a new job
- Uncover your new company’s culture
- Changing careers: know your why
- Job loss and layoffs
- 7 questions to raise if you’re laid off
- Keep track of hiring trends in tech
Considering a change? Talk with a trusted friend, family member, or career advisor. CAPD continues to meet with alumni for 2 years after graduation; following that period, make use of the career resources available through MIT’s Alumni Association.
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