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 and Millennials ERG.

Buying Your First Home: What You Need to Know

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building: 46-3189 (Brain & Cognitive Sciences)

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.

Taking Control: Time Management Techniques That Work

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Building: 46-3189 (Brain & Cognitive Sciences)

Presenter: Scott Rolph, M.A.; Talent Development Consultant, MIT Human Resources

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 overwhelmed by everything on your plate? Is it hard for you to stay focused on your high-priority work? Are you struggling to create work-life balance?

This seminar will cover tips and techniques for effectively managing time in our fast-paced, connected world. You will explore your time management challenges and opportunities based on your role, responsibilities, and individual style and tendencies. Then, drawing from tips and techniques, you will identify and commit to concrete next steps for managing your time. By the end of this session, you will be able to: 

  • Apply techniques for managing your time
  • Manage your energy levels to maximize your impact
  • Prioritize your work
  • Avoid common pitfalls in managing time

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

Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 4:30pm to Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 5:45pm

Building: NE49-5000 (5th floor, T-Lab)

Presenter: Jennifer Earls, M.Ed.; Career Counselor and Founder, Dance with Life Consulting

This three-part career workshop series will help you move toward meaningful work while gaining networking and other practical career-building skills. Join a 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 this three-part 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
  • A concrete plan for your next steps

 Before you register for this workshop, please note the following:

  • It is essential that you commit to all three sessions of this Career Workshop Series 
  • The three sessions will be held 4:30-5:45 p.m. on the following Thursdays: 
  1. October 11
  2. October 25 
  3. November 15
  • An investment of $14.95 is required upfront for the online SkillScan Career Assessment, which offers insight into your unique skillset and possible career pathways, and will be used extensively during each session
  • Due to high demand, this workshop is only open to members of the MIT community 

Making It All Add Up: Your Big Financial Decisions

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 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 the decisions you make, instead of the other way around? This future-focused workshop will delve into the essential factors to consider when making life’s important financial investments, such as:

  • Going back to graduate school
  • Buying a home
  • Starting a family

It’s never too early to get a handle on your finances—why not start now?

Think Big: Identify Goals and Set Priorities

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building: E25-401


Presenter: Anna Robinson, M.A., WLCP®, SHRM-CP


This collaborative workshop is intended to help you set clear, measurable life goals that are directly informed by your core values and aspirations. During this session, you will:



  • Learn about the importance of identifying and honoring your unique core values

  • Define and explore the core values that motivate you

  • Work together with others to prioritize and set goals toward building a successful and enriching life


Due to high demand, this workshop is only open to members of the MIT community



Student Loan Repayment Strategies

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Building: 46-3189 (Brain & Cognitive Sciences)

Presenter: Jeanne Mahan M.A.; 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