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  • We are pleased to report that the first annual MIT Employer Symposium was a succes. Held on April 3, 2013 at the MIT Faculty Club, this event brought seventy representatives from fifty employers together with MIT staff, students, and administrators to learn about best practices for recruiting MIT students.

  • On January 31 and February 1, 2013, the Freshman/Alumni Summer Internship Program (F/ASIP), run by Global Education and Career Development (GECD),  held a full-day symposium to provide participants with a large portion of the program’s career development curriculum before the start of the spring semester.

    F/ASIP allows MIT freshmen to develop competencies in career exploration, communication, professional etiquette, and internship search skills. This graded course teaches students how to acquire internships for the summer after their freshman year and to complete them successfully. F/ASIP seminars begin during IAP and continue throughout the spring semester, with internships in the summer between freshman and sophomore year.

    Students at Symposium

    A total of 75 freshmen, eleven GECD staff, seven MIT alumni and MIT librarian Howard Silver participated in the F/ASIP IAP Symposium. Overall feedback from staff and students was positive.

  • GECD LogoWhat is the Office of Global Education & Career Development (GECD)?

    Global Education & Career Development (GECD) comprises three complementary areas within one office: Global Education, Career Services and Prehealth Advising. The GECD staff advises and supports undergraduate and graduate students and alumni as they:

  • Netowrking in Asia Panel

    On April 12, graduate intern Rieko Ouchi of MIT’s Global Education and Career Development (GECD) presented the workshop, “Networking in Asia – Let’s learn how to do it together.” Launched in collaboration with Heather Law at GECD and Jennifer Recklet at MIT Spouses&Partners, the event focused on business etiquette and networking in China, South Korea, and Japan, an important topic for people who want to work in those countries or want to have business collaborations with those countries. This event was also intended to increase multicultural awareness among the MIT community.

    The panelists included two MIT spouses - Ms. Hyun Jeong Roh (South Korea) and Ms. Tiky Luo (China); three MBA students at MIT Sloan School of Business - Mr. Hyung Kook (Sean) Kim (’12; South Korea), Mr. Junya Nishikawa (’12, Japan), and Mr. Yiming (Steven) Jiang (’12; China); and Rieko Ouchi (GECD; Japan). Two common threads of business etiquette from these countries which emerged were showing respect to others (e.g., seniors), and reading nonverbal cues to build harmonious relationships. Some additional interesting ideas that were expressed:

  • Recently Career Services, within the GECD, held a highly attended workshop on the Impostor Syndrome, presented by Dr. Valerie Young. Dr. Young spoke to over 200 MIT students about this psychological phenomenon where people are unable to internalize their accomplishments.

  • The 2012 Momentum program was tremendously successful. The Office of Minority Education (OME) sponsored Momentum program is an IAP course (16.682) where first and second year students work in teams to address an engineering design challenge. The course was taught by Professor Wesley Harris and Marc Graham, PhD.

  • Since F/ASIP’s inception in 1997, over 650 MIT freshmen have participated in the 9-month, graded seminar geared towards teaching valuable career exploration and preparation skills. As part of F/ASIP, freshmen assess their interests, skills and values; explore career options, and cultivate professional skills like communication, etiquette, and networking. F/ASIP also assists freshmen in finding summer internships or research experiences, and pairs students with a mentor (usually an MIT alum) while they intern or complete a summer research project. Past participating employers include: The American Diabetes Association, CIA, Ford Motor Company, General Electric, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, NASA, and more.

    All freshmen are eligible to apply, including international students. Furthermore, the program is open to freshmen in any stage of their career development, from those who are unsure of their choice of major and professional interests, to those who are certain of their future plans.

    If you know of a freshman who you think would be a good fit for F/ASIP, please encourage them to apply by December 19th, 2011 on the F/ASIP website.

  • Image of DoctorThis spring, Prehealth Advising, part of Global Education and Career Development (GECD), will launch the sixth installment of the annual MIT Physician Shadow Program. The goal of the MIT Physician Shadow Program is to provide MIT Prehealth students with the opportunity to observe a typical work day for a physician, and gain exposure to a healthcare environment. The MIT Physician Shadow Program is one of many options that Prehealth Advising encourages students participate in as a way to explore careers in healthcare or medicine and begin preparing for their medical school application. Interested students can sign up for a half or full day shadowing experience at Children’s Hospital Boston, Massachusetts General Hospital, or Tufts Medical Center. In 2011, the MIT Physician Shadow Program connected 89 students with 53 physicians from these three hospitals.

  • The MIT Careers Office is pleased to provide the results of the MIT Class of 2007 Graduating Student Survey, providing information about the immediate post-graduation plans of all graduating MIT students. 1,432 of the 2,110 June 2007 graduates responded, representing 68 percent of the graduating class. This report represents a collaborative effort between this office, IS&R, and Institutional Research. I particularly want to thank John Nonnamaker, Associate Director for Graduate Student Career Services, for his leadership of this survey. The results reflect a strong job market for MIT graduates, as shown in the following highlights:

  • In early May, GECD sponsored two events to help international students understand the process of job searching in the U.S. The first, “What Every International Student Should Know About U.S. Employment,” was co-sponsored with the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education and featured speaker and author Dan Beaudry. The second, “Job Search for International Students,” was a panel talk with recruiters from Exponent, Broad Institute, Formlabs, and EverQuote. The International Students Office helped promote the series, which drew 145 students and postdocs.

    Dan BeaudryInternational students looking for jobs in the U.S. face many challenges and much uncertainty. First, they need to find employers willing to sponsor them for work visas. Even when employers are eager to sponsor them, candidates have to enter into a national lottery to obtain work visas, with no guarantees that they will receive one. The current federal administration’s approach to immigration has created additional uncertainty.

    Beaudry often addresses these challenges in his talks on campus, drawing on his experience as former head of campus recruiting at Monster.com and author of Power Ties: The International Student’s Guide to Finding a Job in the United States. A key part of his advice to international students is that the conventional method of sending out resumes to listed job openings is an ineffective and discouraging way to find a good job...

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