GECDC expands on-line and on-campus workshops, videos, and webinars to promote student and alumni career development

Global Education and Career Development Center

The Global Education & Career Development Center (GECDC) has been reaching out to students through new workshops and formats over the past few months. Our online workshops have generated over 1,389 hits, and we look forward to continued growth through other new initiatives.

GECDC workshops cover Global Education, including fellowships and study abroad, Preprofessional Advising, and Career Services topics. As part of our mission to empower all MIT students and alumni to achieve lifelong success, the GECDC staff has been coming up with new ways to reach alumni, students studying overseas, and others who simply cannot be present at on-campus workshops.

  • Online workshops on career development, job search and pre-professional topics, many including audio, go a long way toward making this information accessible to these constituencies.

  • Video-based career tips will soon be available on our website (look for an example in the next issue of the DUE Newsletter).

  • This month we host our first webinar through WebEx on Using Social Media for Your Job Search. A second webinar, Job Search 911: Tips for Graduating Students, will be offered just-in-time for those last minute job hunters on May 25 from 2-3pm.

In order to address student needs from all angles, the GECDC has introduced a number of other new workshops over the course of the semester to-date:

  • Organizing Your Job Search provided attendees with overview of the CareerBridge system, tips for researching companies and contacts, and techniques for creating systems to track job applications and company contacts both in paper format and using Gmail™.

  • We tackled more delicate subjects through Non-Verbal Communication: How It Affects Your Career, and Empowering Women: How to Impress When Interviewing & Networking. Both workshops offer a unique perspective on how to enhance your career development regarding topics that are not often addressed.

  • The GECDC-run Freshman/Alumni Summer Internship Program (F/ASIP) reaches a core group of freshman each year; in order to move beyond that group and guide freshmen through the difficult process of choosing a major, we created a targeted workshop (Making MAJOR Decisions) on that subject.

  • Preprofessional Advising delivered a new workshop over IAP titled Why Medicine?, which challenged attendees to assess their motivation for pursuing a career in medicine and encouraged them to further explore the field through volunteer work, shadowing experiences, and other extracurricular activities.

  • Finally, the continuing globalization of the economy and the international focus of our office drove the addition of Developing Your International Career, a workshop and panel.

The GECDC is excited about the many new workshop offerings we have introduced during the Spring semester; please encourage students you work with to sign-up for events that fit their needs via CareerBridge, our recruiting and career management system. Any questions regarding GECDC workshops, events and appointments can be directed to 617-253-4733.