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, which means you will take your Handshake account with you. Book an appointment 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. 

6 tips for making a career change, from someone who has done it

Most people spend a third of their lives — or 90,000 hours — at work.

When all those hours include stress due to wage gaps, societal pressures, commuting (or endless Zoom calls), it can be a lot. And if it feels like …

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Set up for success in a new job – 3 tips from MIT alums

Starting a new job can be exciting and overwhelming, particularly if it’s your first time working in industry. Two MIT alumnae, Maureen Reitman, Principal Engineer and Group Vice President at Exponent, and Minsun Byun Kevers, Co-Founder & CEO of DiVerity, …

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Activities to help you find your purpose

We could be wrong, but chances are a person never found their purpose by just sitting somewhere and doing nothing. Engage your senses and your mind with one of these seven activities designed to help you uncover something purposeful for …

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New Employee’s Glossary

Navigating your early career may require learning a whole new set of vocabulary. Although not an exhaustive listing, these may be unfamiliar terms for you as you embark on your future career. You may also find it beneficial to review …

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Ask an Expert: How Do I Advocate for Myself at Work?

by Rachel Montañez

Summary. How do you advocate for yourself at work — especially as a young employee?

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Most people spend a third of their lives — or 90,000 hours — at work.

When all those hours include stress due …