Effective career development requires a sequence of four steps, each of which is characterized by a set of key tasks and activities, building on the previous steps. It is a self-managed process in which you will be the driving force. While slight variations may make sense, career development is most successful if you take the steps one at a time, in the order described below.
This process will help you make the most of your time at DUSP and prepare you to find your first job after DUSP. It also provides a model for understanding yourself and knowing how to create new opportunities for work, that can serve you throughout your career as you periodically review and revise your career plans. (The process as laid out below corresponds to the timeframe of the two-year MCP program.)
Click on a step of the pyramid to learn more about it.
Form a basic understanding of your skills, preferences and personal style, as a basis for your career decisions.
Attend the Career Services Self-Assessment workshop
Meet with DUSP staff or MIT Global Education & Career Development Office staff to assess where you are in the career planning process, set goals for first semester, and start developing the tools (resume, interview skills, strategic plan, etc.) you will need for the next steps of the career planning process.
Visit the MIT Career Services to register for general workshops and to view online workshops.
Research fields and job functions to become familiar with some of your options, understand what is needed in specific organizations and jobs, and begin developing contacts and context for career decisions. Semester internships and summer jobs are part of this phase, providing opportunities to explore practical applications of topics discussed in class. Many DUSP alumni started their planning careers as a result of an internship, summer job, or contact they found while they were a student.
Attend Career Services workshop, Field Research for Job Seeking Part 1, and DUSP Alumni/ae Career Panels
Use other opportunities to meet people who may help you understand your options (i.e. speakers in the Center for Transportation Studies, HCED, Special Program in Urban and Regional Studies, Center for Real Estate, student clubs and groups.)
Access the extensive MIT alumni network through the MIT Alumni Association online database The Infinite Connection and The Institute Careers Assistance Network (ICAN).These are excellent resources for informational interviewing.
Individualize and personalize your job search, integrating what you have learned about yourself through self assessment, with what you have learned about your career options through research, internships, summer jobs, and other experiences.
Identify and gather any missing information you need to target your best opportunities.
Develop your own personal marketing and job search strategy, in light of this knowledge. As hard as it may be to pause and reflect on what you have learned so far, and where you are going, doing so will greatly enhance your second year in the MCP program.
Attend a Career Services workshop, Field Research for Career Development, Part 2.
Fine-tune your cover letters, resume and portfolio, if appropriate, through a Career Services resume workshop and one-to-one crits from alumni/ae and other practitioners.
Continue to conduct informational interviews with alumni and other practitioners you have identified from the Alumni Association, DUSP and other alumni gatherings, the MIT Global Education & Career Development Office, and professional organizations such as the American Planning Association.
Network at MIT events, such as the MIT Career Fair and Bursting with Real Estate, etc.
Pursue jobs with employers who don't recruit on campus, using off-campus relationships and independent search techniques.
Officially launch your job search!
Attend a Career Services workshop, Putting it All Together
Perfect and practice the skills you will need for this phase, through Career Services Interview and Negotiation workshops. (See http://web.mit.edu/career/www/guide/salary.html)
Send out cover letters and resumes to employers you identified during phases 2 and 3, and in response to advertised job openings and other leads.
Seek feedback, guidance, support, and new ideas from the Career Services, DUSP faculty and staff, and others.
You do not need to do this alone!
Interview, generate offers, negotiate terms, and finally- accept a great position.
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