Career Planning and Development for Employees

MIT provides comprehensive career development services to help you think about your career and development plan at MIT, including workshops and virtual individual consulting.

What career services are available to me?

Individual consultations

The career consulting process begins with an overall exploration of your development needs and career aspirations. It continues with a plan for accomplishing short and long-term goals. Depending on the need, the consulting can focus on any of the following development topics:

  • Assess skills, interests, and values
  • Explore new roles and careers at MIT
  • Research possibilities at MIT through informational interviewing
  • Create a development plan for your current position
  • Prepare for a development discussion with your manager
  • Build a professional network
  • Discuss options for continuing education
  • Develop strategies to manage common career stage transitions at early career, mid-career, or late career and retirement

We can consult with you virtually or by phone. Let us know what works for you. Contact careerdevelopment@mit.edu to learn more or to schedule an appointment.

Staff Career Connections Slack Workspace

Join our Slack workspace Staff Career Connections (formerly the Informational Interview Network on Yammer). Members use this space to share information about job fields, positions, departments, and their career experiences through informational interviews with other members. The workspace is also where you can find and share:

  • Resources to help with informational interviewing;
  • Ideas, new trends, information, and best practices related to career development;
  • Articles, podcasts, and other resources; and
  • Updates on MIT workshops and events related to career development.

Find a guide to using the new workspace and other informational interviewing tools below.

Workshops

MIT HR offers virtual workshops on a variety of topics to support your career development.

How can I get help updating my resume?

  • We offer a workshop on creating and improving resumes, cover letters, and CVs. Keep an eye on the workshops on our Learn and Grow page for upcoming sessions.
  • You may also wish to explore the resources from MIT's Career Advising and Professional Development Office.

Where can I find professional development opportunities?

  • Share your aspirations during your 1:1 with your manger. They may be able to share opportunities available within your team or department.
  • See our Learn and Grow page for upcoming workshops on a variety of professional development topics
  • Browse the resources available in the Atlas Learning Center. In addition to our own course catalog, you can explore LinkedIn Learning and edX.org.
  • Take advantage of MIT's generous tuition reimbursement program to help you build or improve the skills you need to develop your career at MIT. 

How can I learn about other jobs and roles at MIT?

  • Follow @mit_hr on Twitter. Every Monday, we tweet jobs posted in the prior seven days with links so you can apply easily.
  • Use MIT's internal job search portal to explore career opportunities. This helps department hiring managers easily identify you as an internal candidate with highly valued MIT experience.
  • Attend a Career Conversations workshop, where members of the MIT community share insight about their roles and career journeys. Watch the Learn and Grow page for upcoming sessions.
  • Join the Staff Career Connections Slack Workspace.

How can I assess my skills in preparation for applying for a new role at MIT?

  • Ask for feedback from your manager and colleagues, and review prior performance reviews to spot areas for improvement.
  • Attend a "Career Development: Assess Your Skills" workshop. Watch the Learn and Grow page for upcoming sessions.
  • MIT provides comprehensive career development consulting to help you think about your career and development plan at MIT. We can consult with you virtually or by phone – let us know what works for you. Contact careerdevelopment@mit.edu to learn more or schedule an appointment.
  • You may also access an initial career assessment and a follow-up session to help you or a family member with career exploration and job search questions by contacting MyLifeServices.