Young Professionals

... Navigating Your Life and Career

In these engaging, interactive seminars, you'll develop new strategies and skills to help you make the most of this exciting time of your life—and you'll also meet new people and have a good time while you're at it.

Presented by The MIT Work-Life Center in collaboration with the Office of the VP for Research and Millennials ERG.

Create Your Professional Narrative: Storytelling for Career Confidence (A Two-Part Workshop)

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 - 12:00pm to Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 1:00pm

Building: E25-202

PresenterKirsty Bennett, M.A.; Manager, MIT Women’s League

Have you ever been to a networking event or work function where someone asks, “So, what do you do?” and your mind goes…blank? If so, join us for this interactive workshop, which will introduce storytelling techniques to help you effectively communicate, structure ideas, and spin a captivating tale about who you are and how you operate, where you are coming from and where you are going. You will learn how to:

  • Break down a story into its key elements
  • Define your professional path and develop your narrative
  • Confidently share your career and accomplishments with others

Participants must attend both sessions in order to take part in the program, and will be asked to complete a few short personal assignments in between sessions. Please be sure that you are willing to make this commitment before registering for this session as space is limited.

Part One: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Part Two: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Eating Healthy on a Budget

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building: 46-3189 (Brain and Cognitive Sciences)

Presenter: Heidi Roth, RD, LDN, B.S.; Owner, Heidi Roth Nutrition

Want to slim your waistline but not your wallet? Learn how to make healthier choices at the grocery store while saving money in the process. This seminar will:

  • Answer questions such as, “What does ‘healthy’ eating really mean? Should I buy all organic? Should I buy more produce?”
  • Provide practical tips for optimizing your nutritional consumption while on a tight budget
  • Cover shopping strategies that can save you time and money and reduce food waste

Lattes, Loans, and Life Decisions: Developing Healthy Financial Behaviors

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building: 76-156 (Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research) 

Presenter: Jimmy Becker, M.B.A.; Founder, Financially Speaking

Are the best things in life really free? Those of us who live in the real world know that’s only half true. For most of us, well-being is in part dependent on having the savings necessary to lead a safe, comfortable, and healthy lifestyle. This seminar is focused on improving your financial decision-making skills to ensure a financially secure future. We will focus on:

  • How to make a realistic budget
  • Strategies for developing healthy financial habits
  • How to save for retirement and ways to invest your savings

Making It All Add Up: How Life Decisions Impact Your Financial Well-Being

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Building: 46-3189 (Brain and Cognitive Sciences)

Presenter: Steven Dimitriou, A.I.F., Q.P.F.C.; Managing Partner, Mayflower Advisors

Dinner will be available beginning at 5:00 p.m., and the seminar presentation will run from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Do you feel like your finances control you, instead of the other way around? Do you ever wonder how you’ll manage to pay your loans, your rent, and your bills, and live your life on your salary? If so, this seminar is for you. In this future-focused workshop, we will delve into the realities of the current economy and what that means for you; how to balance your budget, pay off your debt, and save money; what factors to consider when evaluating life choices; and how small decisions add up to make a big impact. You will learn how to assess and make financially savvy personal lifestyle decisions, looking toward a sound financial future. It’s never too early to get a handle on your finances—why not start now?


Dating: Get Honest About What You Really Want

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Building: 46-3189 (Brain and Cognitive Sciences)

Presenter: Vienna Rothberg, M.S.W., M.P.H.; Peer Education and Prevention Specialist, MIT Violence Prevention and Response

Dinner will be available beginning at 5:00 p.m., and the seminar presentation will run from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

What makes a good date or a bad date? How can we know if we want to go on a second or third date with someone? Where do we meet people? How do we ask a person out? During this interactive workshop, we will discuss the basic building blocks for dating, debunk common dating and relationship myths, and develop the tools and insights needed to form valuable relationships.