MIT Career Services and DUSP collaborate to help you develop skills and find resources you will need to plan a rewarding career and conduct effective job searches. We emphasize a logical sequencing of activities that include self assessment, exploration, focused research, and effective implementation. All are pivotal in the career planning process and will provide a foundation for informed decisions about your present and future.
Unlike many professionals, there is no traditional career trajectory for planners. DUSP graduates work in almost every conceivable type of organization, in varied capacities. Many work for community development corporations, community action agencies and neighborhood-based associations. They are in key roles in government at all levels. They manage and direct nonprofits dedicated to a wide range of causes, nationally and across the globe. They work in the private sector, in large and small consulting firms, and their own businesses. It is no surprise that our graduates pursue such varied careers, since they enter the program with diverse backgrounds and interests. Our programs and services will help you answer some of the questions this diversity may raise, such as: What are my unique values, interests and skills? What skills am I developing in DUSP and how do they apply in practice? What qualifications are necessary in my career choice?
The professional development approach that we teach will help you get started at a reasonable pace, without being overwhelmed by all the opportunities available at MIT. A more detailed introduction to professional development takes place at our workshop, "Career Resources at DUSP, MIT and Beyond." As soon as you are ready for more, begin to investigate further, including the MIT Career Services, this Career Resources website, and the strong alumni network accessible through a series of departmental and Institute resources and events.
Throughout your time at DUSP, you are faced with many choices about courses, internships, lectures, workshops, summer jobs, and so on. Ideally, the particular combination of choices you make along this route will help you learn more about yourself, the field of planning and nature of practice, and the particular type of career that best suits you. Our goal is to make navigating this route comprehensible and the outcomes meaningful for you.
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