CAPD Virtual Orientation

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When it comes to planning for your career, you may know exactly where you’re headed. You may have ideas that you’re excited to explore. Or maybe you’re not even sure where to start. And that’s ok. MIT Career Advising & Professional Development (CAPD) is your hub for all things career, from thinking big-picture about your life goals and career path to researching internships and preparing for interviews. Our team can help you.

 

No matter where in the world you are starting your MIT-journey, I’d like to offer a welcome from Career Advising & Professional Development (or CAPD). My name is Erik Pavesic and I am the Assistant Director of First Year Engagement. Through this virtual orientation, I hope to cover how CAPD can support and help you navigate your future academic and professional career.

To get started, here is a list of things you can do right now to jump-start your career development. Select the item below to jump to that page.

 

If at any point during your orientation, you would like to return to this page, click on “Restart” located in the footer.

 

  • Hear About Services

    You may think of us as the place to get your resume looked at, or to prepare for an interview, but there is a lot more to us than that! Career Advising & Professional Development has teams to support Career Counseling and Education, Employer Relations, Pre-Health Advising, Distinguished Fellowships, and Professional Development. Our mission is to empower students, postdocs and alumni to explore their life and career goals by helping them to develop core competencies and build professional networks. Our goal is to engage students and alumni in self-discovery to craft lives that are intellectually challenging, personally enriching, and of service to the world. And we are available to help all MIT students.

    Regardless of where you find yourself in your career development, we encourage you to look through the resources and support available on capd.mit.edu and Handshake.

    If you don’t see a service you need, don’t be afraid to ask. I like to think of CAPD as the Planet Fitness of Career—we’re a judgment-free zone.

    What would you like to learn about next? Select the item below to jump to that page.

    If you are done with your orientation we can conclude your session.

    RESTART

  • Sign-up for Handshake

    Handshake is CAPD’s online career management tool, accessible by all current MIT students. If you have a Kerberos account, you can access Handshake. To get started, visit: mit.joinhandshake.com and use touchstone to login. You will be asked to complete questions to fill-out your profile. These questions are voluntary and will help the system recommend jobs, events, and resources for you. You can also edit or modify these later. You may also want to spend time updating your profile, uploading your resume, and searching through all the different menus and options available to get a sense of how to best utilize this tool throughout your time at MIT. You will find that Handshake is a great tool to find internships and jobs, research and connect with employers, schedule appointments with CAPD staff, and much more.

    What would you like to learn about next? Select the item below to jump to that page.

    If you are done with your orientation we can conclude your session.

    RESTART

  • Schedule an Appointment

    CAPD staff are all able to support you with a variety of career-related questions. Whether you are certain about pursuing industry or academia, uncertain about what you would like to do, or find yourself at any point somewhere in the middle, CAPD is able to help you navigate your needs. CAPD appointments are a great way to get tailored support on topics including major selection, job/internship search strategies, resume writing, cover letter writing, interview preparation, salary/offer negotiation, medical/graduate school, and more. Appointments vary in length, but most are between 30 minutes to an hour to accommodate your schedule. And appointments are offered year round. To schedule an appointment click on “Career Center” in Handshake. There you will see a button for Appointments and can schedule a new appointment. You will select the type of appointment you need and can see available time spots. If you have an urgent need or do not find a time that works for your schedule, email capd@mit.edu to find possible options.

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    If you are done with your orientation we can conclude your session.

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  • Register for a Career Event

    CAPD hosts speakers, panels, networking events, and workshops. Some of these are offered directly by employers and are a great opportunity to explore and connect with others to aid with your career development. Here is some information about how to find events on Handshake. First, go to the Events section of Handshake. Here you can search through different events. Many events require registration in advance, so make sure you sign-up. Some events are employer sponsored and are listed on Handshake only because they may be of interest to members of the MIT community. The inclusion of any activity does not indicate MIT sponsorship or endorsement of that activity or event. If you sign-up and realize later that due to a conflict you are no longer able to participate, remember to either remove your registration or email the organizer to let them know that you will no longer be able to attend. Some events may be capped, so releasing your spot may help a fellow student be able to participate.

    What would you like to learn about next? Select the item below to jump to that page.

    If you are done with your orientation we can conclude your session.

    RESTART

  • Stay Connected to CAPD

    You may be feeling overwhelmed by all of the information you have available to you, and so allow us to help you stay connected in a way that works with your schedule. All first years will begin to receive a bi-weekly newsletter of First-Year-friendly CAPD events, internships, and resources delivered right to your inbox. I try hard not to spam you, so please keep on this list for exciting events all-year-round. We also have specific newsletters for students interested in pre-health and pre-law, and you can sign-up for these on the CAPD website. You may also want to follow-us on Social Media. You can follow CAPD at MITCareers on Twitter and Facebook. Likewise, you may want to periodically adjust your notifications through Handshake. Here is a guide to help you navigate how to make those adjustments.

    What would you like to learn about next? Select the item below to jump to that page.

    If you are done with your orientation we can conclude your session.

    RESTART

  • Learn about Additional Resources

    Don’t go yet there’s more, and this is incredibly manageable. You may have already seen the additional resources available on Handshake and the CAPD website, but let me point out some specific resources that can come in handy all throughout your time at MIT:

    1. The CAPD Handbook – this book, available as a PDF provides great tools to help you navigate your career. Through 70 pages, we have tools to help you choose a major, write a resume, prepare for an interview, and more. Download or bookmark it today!
    2. Survey Data – curious about your peers? CAPD collects information about summer experiences and post-graduation plans. I highly recommend that you review this information to help you think about different pathways you would consider for your career trajectory.
    3. MyPlan – need additional help exploring careers and majors? CAPD subscribes to MyPlan, a career-planning and self-assessment tool. You can find this under the MIT-only resources section of the CAPD website.
    4. Guided Assessments – CAPD staff can help you navigate other assessment tools as well. There are staff members trained in the MBTI, Strengths Finder, and the Strong Interest Inventory. To learn more about guided assessment, visit our website.
    5. GoinGlobal – thinking about an international career? CAPD subscribes to GoinGlobal, an international job search guide. You can find this under the MIT-only resources section of the website.

    What would you like to learn about next? Select the item below to jump to that page.

    If you are done with your orientation we can conclude your session.

    RESTART

  • Conclusion

    Congratulations! If you have gone through all six sections of this virtual orientation, you are well equipped to find the support you need for your personal career development. Now, let’s test your knowledge! Participate in this quiz and the highest scores will be entered into a drawing for a gift card:

    (Hint: some of the questions may be from the specific resources highlighted in this orientation) Not sure if you are ready yet? You can revisit the topics covered in the orientation:

    You can also go on our website or on Handshake for information and support at any time. Welcome again to MIT! RESTART