Thursday, May 20, 2010

An online chat with a career counselor for MIT alumni

As a member of the MIT Alumni Association, I'm also an active career member of the ICAN or the Institute Career Assistance Network (ICAN). The ICAN consists of over 3,000 advisors. The Institute Career Assistance Network (ICAN) connects MIT alumni with each other and with students to facilitate career strategies, gather quality advice, and open up important networking connections

On May 13, 2010, the MIT Alumni Association held an online chat with a professional career counselor. Over 100 questions were answered and I think you'll find some of this content very relevant. Questions and answers revolved around the following themes:
  • Transitioning back into the work force after a period of absence
  • Going back to school
  • Transition from academia to industry
  • Losing a job at Pfizer
  • Outplacement services
  • Effective networking strategies
  • Value of career counseling
  • Salary negotiations
  • Retired folks looking for part-time consulting opportunities
  • Making a career transition
  • Leadership and innovation
  • How age affects your job search
  • Being geographically restricted during a job search
  • Job opportunities in management consulting
  • Working for a start-up company
  • Informational interviews (also known as networking)
  • How to get a promotion
  • Finding a mentor
  • International job opportunities
  • How to leverage LinkedIn
You can access the transcript of the online chat here (PDF). Update: New Link Here (PDF).


  1. hi joe, the link to the chat transcript didn't work !

  2. Looks like they changed the link to: Career_Chat_Public.pdf