Learn & Grow

MIT values learning and growth both professionally and personally. See our opportunities to learn, discover, and chart your career at MIT. 

This is an excellent time to explore the mix of tools and resources Human Resources provides to employees to support their professional development. See what interests you below and get started today.

Virtual Workshops

Learn and practice new skills, problem-solve, and build your MIT network.

Visit the MIT Learning Center to browse more workshops and to sign up to be notified about upcoming courses.

 MIT Learning Center

Management Development

New: See curated research-based management tips and tools from around the web, as well as content developed specifically for MIT managers to address the challenges in managing a remote team, engaging staff, cultivating change, and more.  Stop by for a quick learning experience anytime.

For more structured experience, explore HR's Essentials of Managing course.

Virtual Essentials of Managing 2021

Essentials of Managing prepares MIT people managers for their core responsibilities in managing MIT employees and creating a respectful and inclusive work environment. While designed for new managers, and managers new to MIT, Essentials of Managing is also relevant for any managers of employees who want to establish a solid foundation of effective and inclusive management practices. Rolling admissions and flexible dates are now available.

Learn more about Essentials of Managing

Virtual Coaching for Success

The Coaching for Success program is designed specifically for people managers to enable them to be more effective as coaches. The program consists of five half-day virtual training sessions, and approximately two days of work outside of the classroom, for a total of a five-business day commitment over a three-month period.

Learn more about Coaching for Success

Drop-In Sessions

Join your colleagues to expand your professional network, build community, and learn together.

Support staff learning check-ins

This weekly facilitated virtual check-in is intended as a learning resource network for the support staff community; it provides space for support staff to share and discuss what they are learning amid the COVID-19 situation. The focus will be on:

  • self-awareness
  • learning
  • applying what we learn

When: Every Friday from 12:00 – 12:30 p.m.
Learn more.

Managers' roundtable

Each month, join other MIT managers to:

  • gain insight into practical approaches to address everyday management challenges;
  • build and share management best practices with a peer network across MIT; and
  • grow your peer manager network to support your professional and career development goals.

Each session will cover topics that are trending with MIT managers.

See upcoming Managers' Roundtable sessions and join.

Take Advantage of the Tuition Assistance Plan

MIT provides tuition assistance to help you build or improve the skills you need to develop your career at MIT. Below are just a few examples of programs and courses for which you may be eligible to use your Tuition Assistance Plan benefit. Learn more about Tuition Assistance.

Please note that the Tuition Assistance Plan is a benefit for active employees only, not their spouses, who meet the Plan’s eligibility criteria. All courses/programs must meet certain criteria in order to qualify for reimbursement.

MIT Management Executive Education Programs

Earn an Executive Certificate from MIT's Sloan School of Management by completing 4 short courses. MIT staff and spouses are eligible for a 15% discount with the code STAFF15 when registering with an mit.edu address. See a complete list of programs.

Bentley University Diversity & Inclusion Champion Certificate Program

Bentley University's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Certificate Programs equip executives with the training and tools to create and nurture an inclusive organizational culture. Learn more about Bentley's offerings.

Online Learning

Ready when you are! Expand your knowledge through a variety of self-directed, just-in-time learning resources. Complete individual courses that help you build or improve your skills, or work toward a professional certificate or degree.

Online learning resources
  • EdX: Choose from over 1,300 courses from the world’s leading universities. You can use your tuition assistance benefit to cover the cost of EdX certificates that can help you build your career at MIT.
  • GlobeSmart: Improve your cultural communication skills and build partnerships at MIT and beyond.
  • LinkedIn Learning: Access web-based learning at a time that works for you. (Formerly Lynda.com)
  • MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) - Expand your learning through access to MIT course materials and audio/video lectures

Administrative Officer/Financial Officer (AO/FO) Learning Resource

See an array of courses and resources to help you develop the skills and competencies needed to carry out financial and administrative oversight at MIT.

Learning Topics

Our Learning Topics offer articles, tools and resources on topics like managing change, designing meetings, and more. 

Virtual Consultations

Career development consultations

MIT provides comprehensive career development consulting to help you think about your career and development plan at MIT. Contact careerdevelopment@mit.edu to schedule an appointment or to learn more.

Manager and leader consultations

We offer individual consultations on how to lead an organization, manage a team, engage staff who work remotely, and more. See our current consultation services.

Programs

MIT offers high-impact, cohort-based development programs to learn new skills, gain new insights, practice new approaches, and build a network of peers.

Ongoing
  • MIT Administrative Assistants Program (MITAAP): Provides administrative assistants the opportunity to develop core skills and knowledge relevant to their growth and success. 
  • Leader to Leader (L2L): Builds MIT’s internal leadership through this nationally recognized program. MIT employees who are in positions to lead or influence people are encouraged to apply.
  • The Susan Vogt Leadership Fellows Program, sponsored by the Boston Consortium for Higher Education, is a management and leadership development program designed to foster collaboration and camaraderie in the next generation of leaders in higher education.
  • The English as a Second Language (ESL) Program helps campus MIT Facilities employees who are not native English speakers improve their English communication skills and advance their careers.