Career Development News - 2014

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  • Each year, Global Education and Career Development conducts the Graduating Student Survey, which asks the graduating class to share their plans for the following year as well as details about their global experiences. As we review preliminary results, placement and starting salaries remain strong and global participation continues to increase. For 2014, 77% of undergraduates and 68% of master’s students participated in the survey.

    Immediate plans after graduation

    Graduating Seniors:

    • 60% plan to be employed full or part-time
    • 32% plan to pursue graduate or professional school
    • 3% plan to enroll in another educational program (e.g. postbaccalaureate premed programs),
    • 1% have won distinguished fellowships for graduate study
    • 4% have other plans, including travel

    Master’s graduates:

    • 82% plan to be employed full- or part-time
    • 12% plan to pursue graduate or professional school
    • 1% plan to enroll in another educational program
    • 6 % have other plans, including travel.

    Employment...

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  • multiple mini-interviewThis September, Prehealth Advising staff members Jennifer Earls and Erin Scott hosted a Mastering the Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI) workshop, which simulates a new interactive interview process increasingly being used by medical schools. The MMI interview format uses short, independent assessments in a timed circuit to assess medical school candidates’ soft skills.

  • MIT medical school applicantsThis fall, a significant number of MIT alumni took the next step in their journey to becoming MDs and MDPhDs by enrolling as first-year medical students.

  • University of Cape TownFor the past four years, Global Education and Career Development (GECD) has participated in an International Staff Exchange to foster greater cross-cultural understanding as well as learn international best practices in university career services, prehealth advising and international education.  Since its inception, the GECD Staff Exchange has developed partnerships with the University of Cambridge, Imperial College, and Oxford University in the United Kingdom.  This year, the University of Cape Town (UCT) in South Africa, was added to the repertoire of schools participating in the exchange.  With over 25,500 students enrolled, UCT is considered one of South Africa’s most elite institutions of higher education.

    Christina Henry, a GECD Career Development Specialist, was selected for the exchange, visiting South Africa this past March.   During her week-long visit, Christina had the opportunity to engage with UCT’s Careers Service staff and with each of their three cross-functional teams: operations, careers advisory, and employer relations...

  • On April 3, GECD hosted its Spring Career Fair in the Stratton Student Center. Forty-three employers representing a number of fields had booths, and eight companies held interviews with students on campus the following day. Taking place just before graduation and the summer, the Spring Career Fair highlights full-time opportunities and summer internships for MIT undergraduates, graduate students, post-doctoral associates, and alumni.

  • GECD’s second annual Employer Symposium hosted 50 employers this year from a range of industries. This all-day event complements the MIT Spring Career Fair, giving employers a chance to learn more about our students.

  • For 17 years, the Freshmen/Alumni Summer Internship Program (F/ASIP) has helped freshmen explore career options and hone professional and internship search skills. F/ASIP is a nine-month credited course, running from January to September. The program kicks off during IAP with a full-day symposium for participants, followed by seminars throughout the spring semester and internships in the summer.

    The F/ASIP IAP Symposium offers students self-assessment activities and exploration; LinkedIn training and profile building; library tips on researching companies and industries; internship search strategies designed specifically for freshmen; and opportunities to meet F/ASIP alumni.

    This year, a total of 52 freshmen, seven F/ASIP alumni, and MIT librarians Howard Silver and Jennifer Greenleaf participated in the symposium. One student commented, “I found the Alumni Panel and LinkedIn Lab most helpful. The alumni provided useful advice for interviews and networking during career fairs, while Lily Zhang from GECD taught me new ways to connect with people and groups on LinkedIn...”

  • In March, GECD launched a new Career Exploration Series to introduce current MIT students to a variety of industries. Five panels were offered, focusing on consulting, product design, public service, finance, and big data. Representatives from a number of companies, many of them alumni, shared their experiences, insights, and enthusiasm for their fields through lively discussions and Q & As.