Inaugural Career Hack Event Supplements the Fall Career Fair

Katie DiOrio, Career Assistant, GECD

This year, MIT students had the opportunity to attend a collaborative event, Career Hack, which was held alongside the Fall Career Fair on Friday, September 23. The event was sponsored by Global Education & Career Development (GECD), DUE, the MIT Alumni Association, MISTI, the PKG Center, MIT Student Activities Office, and the Fall Career Fair. Students who attended were able to explore different career paths, learn about job search tools and resources, and discover connections between their various interests and experiences.

Career Hack included a session highlighting the Alumni Association Externship Program, a GECD-MISTI workshop on how to frame global experiences during the job search process, and a discussion about deciding whether to go to grad school. Students were also able to get free professional photos taken for LinkedIn, and GECD demonstrated job and internship search tools throughout the day. Career Hack ended with a session called Telling Your Story, which helped students unpack and articulate the value of their diverse experiences in a career context.

Career Hack panelOf particular note were two panels facilitated by the PKG Center, which featured nine MIT alumni and current Sloan Fellows who work in fields that emphasize positive social outcomes. The goal of these sessions was to help students discover how they can get started on developing their own socially-focused career while at MIT, and panelists provided tips and inspiration from their own experiences. Dr. Kevin Cedrone, an MIT alum and CEO working in the field of medical devices, advised, “Make your hobbies useful.” Author and Knight Science Journalism Fellow Meera Subramanian spoke to the importance of career exploration, noting that “figuring out what you don’t want to do is just as important as figuring out what you do want to do!”

To see a recap of social media activity related to the PKG Center’s Careers for the Social Good panel, check out their Storify. For more information about Career Hack, visit the Alumni Association’s website.