April 21, 2021
CAPD Graduate Career Newsletter
Dear Graduate Students,

There were so many events and resources we wanted to share with you in April that we're sending a second newsletter this month! Read on for more information about:

  • The GradFUTURES Forum 2021
  • Succeeding as Postdoc: online course and MIT discussion sessions
  • My Green Lab: increasing research sustainability
  • Infinite Careers Speaker - Alexis Mills
  • Overview of Career Options for PhDs and Postdocs
  • New England Future Faculty Workshop (Upcoming 6/1 deadline)
  • MIT Job Opportunities for Graduate Students
  • Codebasil: A free coding interview resource

As always, you can schedule an individual appointment through Handshake to discuss any career topic, including career exploration, networking, job search strategies, review of application materials, interviewing, job offers or negotiations.

Meredith Pepin
Associate Director, Career Counseling & Education
Career Advising & Professional Development (CAPD)
Upcoming Workshops and Events
GradFUTURES Forum 2021
Wednesday, April 26-30| Schedule & Registration

This week-long conference will include sessions and speakers covering: national best practices; ways to pivot and recalculate; bespoke immersive experiences and learning cohorts; mentorship; and innovation and entrepreneurship-- all designed to provide practical advice and meet the unique interests of graduate students.

The GradFUTURES Forum accelerates connections among and between graduate students, faculty, staff, alumni, and leaders from the academic, public, and private sectors. The Forum prepares graduate students to make meaningful contributions within diverse fields of endeavor in ways that expand knowledge, accelerate discovery, and serve humanity.

There are over 30 sessions and 50 speakers throughout the week covering a wide range of interesting topics. MIT graduate students are welcome to register as guests for individual sessions that are of interest!

Organized by Princeton University
Postdoc Academy: Succeeding as a Postdoc
6-week course, starting April 26 | MIT discussion sessions Thursdays 1-2pm, April 29 -June 3

Are you a recent graduate who has moved onto a postdoc? Or do you know of a friend or colleague who has recently started their postdoc?

The Postdoc Academy: Succeeding as a Postdoc, is a comprehensive professional development program featuring flexible online modules accompanied by live virtual discussion sessions specifically for MIT postdocs.
Themes include: 
  • Finding Success as a Postdoc
  • Building an Actionable Career Plan
  • Working Effectively in an Intercultural Environment
  • Developing Resilience
See more details below, and be sure to register for both the online course and the discussion sessions.
Self-Paced Online Modules: The Postdoc Academy online modules were developed by a consortium of universities and can be accessed by registering on the edX platform (free).
MIT Discussion Sessions: The goal of the MIT discussion sessions is to create a supportive community as you reflect on and develop your personal and professional goals during your postdoc position at MIT. Each discussion session will be based on the Postdoc Academy topic covered that week. Register here for the weekly virtual discussion sessions on Thursdays 1-2pm from April 29 -June 3.
Facilitated by Ann Skoczenski (annskocz@mit.edu), Office of the Vice President for Research, and Simona Rosu (srosu@mit.edu), Career Advising and Professional Development. Feel free to contact Ann or Simona with any questions.  
Towards Sustainable Science: Discussion with My Green Lab
Tuesday, April 27th, 7:00-8:00 pm EST | Virtual | Register

My Green Lab runs programs that help scientists reduce the environmental impact of their research. Christina Greever, Sustainability Program Manager, will provide an overview of several of My Green Lab programs, as well as some practical ideas for engaging into sustainable practices in your own laboratory. We will go into a deeper dive towards the steps to take to become a “green lab”. A Q&A session will follow, where our speaker will answer questions from the participants. Organized by INet-NYC.
General Overview of Career Opportunities for Graduate Students and Postdocs
Wednesday, April 28th, 1:30-2:30 pm EST | Virtual | Register

This comprehensive seminar provides an overview of career opportunities with emphasis on the various skills, aptitudes, competencies, and personalities that thrive in sectors including academia, industry, government and non‐profit. This event is tailored for graduate students and postdocs.

The guest speaker Lauren Celano has experience in the life sciences, biotech, consulting, venture capital, and investment banking. Learn more about Lauren here.
Infinite Careers Speaker: Alexis Mills
Thursday, April 29th, 12:00pm-1:00 pm EST | Virtual | Register

Join Alexa Mills, MIT MCP City Planning, and hear about her career journey, gain advice about your own career, and ask questions. Alexa Mills is a journalist, editor, and teacher based in Brooklyn, New York. She is a writing coach for early-career reporters at The New York Times, and was previously the editor of Washington City Paper, D.C.’s alt-weekly newspaper. She has written for The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and several other publications.
Register in Handshake as space is limited to 30 people.

This CAPD event is open to MIT undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and alumni.
MIT graduate students and postdocs are invited to apply to the New England Future Faculty Workshop (NE-FFW), which will be held virtually on Wednesday July 28th and Thursday, July 29th, 2021.

The NE-FFW is designed specifically for postdoctoral fellows and advanced graduate students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Health Sciences, Social Sciences, and the Humanities, who are interested in an academic career.

Northeastern University is committed to cultivating talent and promoting the full inclusion of excellence. This workshop is designed to serve those who are members of groups whose representation in faculty positions is smaller than their representation in the U.S. population. This includes women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, first-generation students, and members of the LGBTQ+ community.

The NE-FFW is focused on the academic job search and includes faculty-led interactive discussions and peer-to-peer interactions. Workshop topics include: Finding Your Institutional Fit, Perfecting Your Interview Skills, Making Your CV Stand Out, Crafting Research, Teaching and Diversity Statements, Negotiating the Job Offer, and more.

Applications are due June 1st and accepted applicants are notified by mid-June.
Accepted applicants will be asked to confirm their participation by paying a $50 registration fee; Registration fee waivers are available if requested.
MIT Job Opportunities
MIT Summer Research Program - Applications Due 4/25
Are you seeking a rewarding summer job at MIT while earning money? If so, consider a position with the MIT Summer Research Program, General (MSRP). The Office of Graduate Education is hiring Pod Leaders for MSRP General and all graduate students are welcome to apply!

MSRP is a 9-week summer research experience for talented, underrepresented minority and underserved undergraduate students from other institutions who might benefit from spending a summer on MIT’s campus conducting research and participating in academic, professional development, and community-building events and activities. You can find more information about the program here: mit.edu/msrp

Pod Leaders:
  • Provide mentorship outside the lab and work with a team of Pod Leaders to facilitate a positive research experience for ~60 summer interns.
  • Receive a stipend of $3878 for 10 weeks (12 hours/week; 9 weeks summer program + 1 week training)
  • Commit 12 hours per week from June 6 - August 7, 2021

CAPD Seeking Graduate Students for Peer Career Advising Roles!
Develop your communication, leadership, and interpersonal skills while helping your peers reach their professional goals! Peer Career Advisors (PCAs) play a significant role at CAPD by assisting fellow MIT students during individual career appointments and open office hours.

PCAs review and provide feedback on peers’ professional documents, and offer guidance on additional career topics. They also work with CAPD staff to develop and deliver programs or workshops for MIT students.

Additionally, as a PCA, you receive training that will build knowledge and skills for your own career exploration and preparation. PCAs are compensated hourly.

For more information and qualifications, or to apply, log on to Handshake Job ID#: #4531926. Applications are currently being accepted on a rolling basis.

Questions? Please contact Libby Doucet lareed@mit.edu
Career and Job Search Resources
Coding Interview Resource - free access (limited time)
CAPD is collaborating on a pilot with Codebasil, a coding learning and interview practicing platform. MIT students and postdocs will have access to their Pro Membership for free when registering with their mit email address — at least until the end of August 2021! Try it out!
Use Codebasil Pro for access to:
  • Curated problem sets designed by engineers to learn pivotal software concepts.
  • Unlimited access to all frequently asked interview questions, solutions, and interview tips.
  • Ability to customize your interview practice by filtering questions by companies and topics.
Codebasil was founded by a group of engineers at Silicon Valley companies to help others understand algorithms and pass software coding interviews at the most prestigious tech companies.
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