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 in collaboration with the Office of the Vice President for Research, Office of Graduate Education, Global Education & Career Development, and Millennials ERG.

Managing Stress at Home and at Work

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building 76-156; The David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT



Presenter – James E. Porter, MALS; President, StressStop.com



Lower your stress with this six-step stress management method. You will also learn about an entirely new online resource for managing stress called My Stress Tools, now available to you through the MIT Work-Life Center website. This seminar will model the tools available to you on the interactive website, which will help you lower stress throughout your day and evening. You will learn how to manage stress on the fly, while it’s happening.


The seminar includes a relaxation training session that will help you lower your stress within minutes and show you how to self-regulate your nervous system. Come away relaxed, refreshed, and reinvigorated, with the knowledge and ongoing tools you need to build your resilience and reduce your stress.




Effective Communication in Your Hardest Conversations

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Building 46-3189; Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Presenter – Stacy Lennon, M.A.; Founder and CEO, X Squared Consulting Inc.

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

Whether in the office, in the lab, or at home, we have all experienced tough conversations that have left us feeling unsatisfied, upset, or unsure of our next steps. This workshop will surface the common traps we fall into in the midst of our hardest conversations, which make them even harder to manage, and will provide tools and advice for engaging more productively with family members and co-workers. 

Buying Your First Home: What You Need to Know

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building 76-156; The David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT

Presenter – Linda Jason, J.D., M.Ed.; Real Estate Lawyer and Educator

Whether you’re considering a house or a condo, buying your first home can be an intimidating process. This seminar will give you all the information you need to feel confident and secure as you make this exciting life decision. Learn how to examine and compare properties, and what questions to ask. Find out about budgeting, dealing with brokers, making the offer, negotiating purchase agreements, estimating ownership costs, arranging for financing, and passing papers.

Fixing Our Broken Sleep

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building 76-156; The David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT

Presenter – Rick Clerici, Certified Clinical Sleep Educator; Director, Clear Mind Systems

Do you struggle to get a good night’s sleep? If so, you are not alone. Recent studies suggest that we are experiencing a worldwide epidemic of insufficient sleep, with 60 percent of Americans reporting difficulty sleeping nearly every night. In this interactive seminar, attendees will learn techniques for overcoming common sleep problems; examine sleep from a scientific, historic, and traditional perspective; and learn the connections between sleep and health. This presentation has helped many people begin to get better sleep almost immediately. Some sleep concerns that will be addressed include:

  • Trouble falling asleep
  • Difficulty staying asleep
  • Excessive thinking 
  • Waking too early
  • Daytime sleepiness 
  • Sunday night insomnia 
  • Chronic insomnia

Eating for High Energy

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Building 46-3189; Brain and Cognitive Sciences

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

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

Ever feel a little sluggish mid-afternoon? Tired of reaching for treats and coffee to maintain your energy? In this seminar, you will learn how your mitochondria affect your energy levels, what to eat to maintain high energy levels, and what to have on hand for a quick, healthy snack. You will also learn other tips to keep you at your best all day! 

Student Loan Repayment Strategies

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building 76-156; The David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT

Presenter – Jeanne Mahan, M.S.; Senior Manager, College Finance, College Coach

Student loan debt has an overwhelming impact on the lives of graduates and parents alike. This workshop will examine ways in which graduates and parents can manage education debt and guide borrowers’ successful transition from college to repayment. Attendees will learn:

  • How to identify repayment responsibilities for each loan
  • Methods for reducing monthly payments 
  • Strategies for identifying cash flow that can be used to prepay education debt 
  • Ways to avoid becoming delinquent and defaulting on education debt, even during times of personal economic hardship 
  • The best resources for managing and maintaining a repayment strategy

Personalized one-on-one consultations with a College Coach Expert on the topic of Student Loan Repayment Strategies will be available the following days on campus:

  • Wednesday, November 29, 2017
  • Thursday, November 30, 2017

Career Workshop Series—Build a Meaningful Career: Discover Yourself, Find Possibilities, and Create Your Action Plan

Building NE49-5000 (5th Floor, T-Lab)

Presenter – Jennifer Earls, M.Ed.; Career Counselor and Founder, Dance With Life Consulting

In this three-part Career Workshop Series, you will gain more clarity about yourself, including your core values and skills; an expanded awareness of career possibilities that match your interests and strengths; and a concrete plan for your next steps. These workshops will help you move toward meaningful work while gaining networking and other practical career-building skills. Join a committed group of other young professionals at MIT who also want to create fulfilling careers and lives, and who are seeking the strategies and support to take actual steps forward.

In order for these workshops to be most beneficial to all participants, it is essential that you commit to all three sessions, so that the cohort can go through all the steps of this workshop together. The three sessions will be held 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. on the following Thursdays:

  • Thursday, October 5, 2017
  • Thursday, October 19, 2017
  • Thursday, November 2, 2017