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 VP for Research, the Office of Graduate Education, Global Education & Career Development, and Millennials ERG.

Think Big: Identify Goals and Set Priorities

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Building: E25-202 (Whitaker College)

Presenter: Anna Robinson, M.A., WLCP®; HR Coordinator, MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics

In this workshop, you will gain knowledge and insight to help you set goals for success in work and life. You will have the opportunity to define and explore the core values that motivate you. Working together with others, you will start to prioritize and set goals for the next steps in your successful and enriching career and life

Managing Your Finances to Create the Life You Want

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Building: 46-3189 (Brain and Cognitive Sciences)

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

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

Countless young professionals entered the workforce in the last decade amidst the worst economic downturn in generations. Many just starting their careers may be concerned about budgeting and controlling debt. This workshop will help you develop the skills to manage financial resources, stay ahead of monthly obligations, and plan for a solid financial future. In this seminar, you will learn:

  • Ways to evaluate existing and future financial resources
  • Methods for developing and managing a realistic budget
  • Approaches to managing existing debt
  • Tactics for smart money management
  • Strategies for understanding, establishing, and maintaining a good credit history
  • Tips for evaluating and planning for future savings needs

Building Resiliency and Well-Being by Effectively Managing Stress

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Building: 46-3189 (Brain and Cognitive Sciences)

Presenter: Gretchen Ki Steidle, M.B.A.; Founder and President, Global Grassroots and the Conscious Social Change Initiative

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

Join us for a seminar on stress management, well-being, and self-awareness. Throughout this discussion, you will learn about current research in neuroscience, interpersonal biology, psychology, and the ancient traditions of breathing, as they pertain to coping with stress and practices for mental, emotional, and physical well-being. During this seminar, you will:

  • Explore burnout and identify negative coping mechanisms and unconscious patterns of behavior that can negatively affect work
  • Develop proactive strategies for resiliency and reconnect with your deeper intentions
  • Identify ways to enhance your capacity for self-care
  • Recognize the relevance of well-being and mindful leadership on effective social change

MIT Federal Credit Union – Financially Empowered Women (F.E.W.) Seminar

Unpacking Popular Trends in Food & Finance

Monday, February 26 \ 5:30 - 7:00pm
Building: NE48  (MIT Federal Credit Union, 700 Technology Square)

To kick off the 2018 Financially Empowered Women Series, the MIT Federal Credit Union is welcoming back Catherine Smart of Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street to talk about the 5 most popular food trends we’re seeing now (think: meal service plans and the instant pot) and to discuss – is it worth the investment? What are the pros and cons?

Rachel Rabinovich and Tyler Dolan of Society of Grownups will also join us for a discussion on the personal finance side of these trends. We’ll talk about how to build them into your budget along with your other financial goals such as buying a home, planning for a major expense, or adding to your emergency fund. We'll also touch on some of the major financial trends to keep an eye on for 2018 such as budgeting apps, energy efficient loans and more. As always, the MIT Federal Credit Union's events are open to all, members, non-members, men, women, and anyone else interested in joining the conversation!

Be sure to check out these career development workshops offered by MIT Human Resources:

Resume Editing/Updating

Tuesday, April 3 \ 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Building: NE49-5145 (5th Floor)

Presenter: Megan Chester, Career Development Consu MIT Human Resources

Resumes highlight your work experiences, skills and education/training. As part of the first step in a job application process, the resume acts as your first impression to an employer and speaks on your behalf to secure an interview. Resumes are also often required with admissions materials, fellowship applications and other professional development opportunities. This workshop will help you keep your resume up to date throughout your career. You will have time to edit and/or update your resume during the workshop.


Introductions and the Elevator Pitch

Thursday, April 12 \ 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Building: NE49-5145 (5th Floor)

Presenter: Megan Chester, Career Development Consu MIT Human Resources

Events such as Careers Across MIT, conferences or professional networking events give you an opportunity to engage in job related conversations. Speaking succinctly about your objectives and experience will help you get your points across quickly. This workshop will cover tips to help you prepare talking points.


Tips for Finding Your Own Mentor

Tuesday, May 22 \ 9:00am - 12:00pm
Building: NE49-5145 (5th Floor)

Amanda Bennett, Manager of Talent Development, MIT Human Resources
Chris Karam, Talent Development Consultant, MIT Human Resources

Having a mentor can be an important resource as you grow and develop in your career. This interactive workshop will highlight the goals and benefits of mentoring, elements of a successful mentoring relationship, and tips for finding a mentor. You will have the opportunity to discuss and explore steps for establishing a mentoring relationship that supports your goals and aspirations. By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • describe the elements of a successful mentoring relationship
  • explore options regarding how to find a mentor
  • take next steps to enhance your own mentoring in support of a diverse and inclusive approach