New jobs & career transitions

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. 

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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.

As you consider your financial future, build your credit score, learn about student loan repayment & forgiveness, develop a budget to match your lifestyle, and plan for the long term.

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:

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.

Looking for a job or internship in 2024?

Hiring season is nearly upon us and employers are looking for candidates just like you! So be sure to register for an evening of networking at the Spring Career Night (SCN) on February 28 from 5-7:30pm at Walker Memorial (Bldg …

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Attend “Working, Studying, and Living in the Netherlands” on Thursday, February 29th!

The Netherlands Point of Entry is the first stop for international talent looking to work or set up a business in the Netherlands. We give advice to entrepreneurs, graduates and professionals about residence permits. The Netherlands Point of Entry also …

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ISO webinar: Life After Practical Training: Employment Visas and Green Cards

A presentation by immigration attorney Elizabeth Goss from the firm Goss Associates from Boston, MA.
The presentation slides are available on the International Students Office website (log-in required).

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Can Letting Go Help You Get Ahead?

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Executive coach, strategy leader, and author Jessica (Begen) Galica MBA ’16 is redefining workplace success for women. Her new book, Leap: Why It’s Time to Let Go to Get Ahead in Your Career, reframes hard-charging …

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“Prospective employers highly value information that indicates the quality of your performance in past positions, and one way they learn about this is through professional references. Although you may perform well in other parts of a job interview, a bad …

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