Researching Careers

After you have narrowed down your career options through self-assessment, research career options using these tools and techniques. Don't forget: if you need help, you can always schedule an appointment with a counselor.


Handshake is a great place to start your research. Companies looking specifically to recruit MIT students share job postings that you can filter by location, industry, or job type (internship, full-time, research, etc).

Online Research Tools

These online tools can help you in your research:

  • MyPlan: a career planning and self-assessment tool (requires MIT Touchstone login)
  • Muse U: career advice, job postings, email classes and videos
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook: the US Department of Labor's occupation guide
  • MIT Library Business Databases: industry reports and overviews
  • Wetfeet: free career articles, plus industry-specific guides for sale
  • GoinGlobal: country-specific guides for international job searching (requires MIT Touchstone login)

Networking and Informational Interviews

One great way to find out more about career options: talk to other people. Through networking and informational interviews, you can tap into the knowledge of alumni, faculty, friends, classmates and family.

Attend an Event or Career Fair

Get your information direct from the source: learn about companies by attending their company presentations, talking to recruiters at career fairs, and exploring the many other career events on our calendar.

Get Experience

If you're not sure what kind of jobs you might like, try some out. Gain real life work experience from internships, shadowing and research opportunities .