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Amazing resources and opportunities, high pressure environment

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Current Employee - Graduate Student in Cambridge, MA
Current Employee - Graduate Student in Cambridge, MA

I have been working at MIT full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

The faculty and financial resources are better than at any other academic research institute I know of (from conversations with peers). There is (for better or worse) quite a large value associated with the name, and with this comes an expectation to publish in high-impact journals.

Cons

The expectation to publish in high-impact journals creates a high-stress situation, since for the most part the research is conducted in very fast-moving fields.

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    Discover your passion but wait!!

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    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant At MIT in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Graduate Research Assistant At MIT in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at MIT part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    1. A loootttt of resources: easy access to new technology, great library, awesome athletics center, free food, ton of activities, etc..
    2. Friendly people: Every one has achieved great things in life but they are usually very modest.
    3. Relaxed work environment: In my opinion, there is a difference between relaxed and hectic work. MIT probably has one of the most hectic work schedules, but it is relaxed. There is no dress code even for Professors. I can take time off easily to do paper work, visit the doctor, etc.
    4. Safe: Cambridge is quite a safe place to live. Great dedication by the MIT and Cambridge police!!
    5. Time management: One thing that every one at MIT learns to master over the years.

    Cons

    1. As a graduate student, you may have no say over your research topic.
    2. Professors will most likely not help you find a job. There are certain industries where this can be a huge disadvantage.
    3. MIT is definitely a great school! It makes me feel like Harry Potter who made it to Hogwarts. Imagine a Harry who cannot become an auror or anything related to Defense against the dark arts because "NO sponsorship will be provided for such jobs under any circumstance". Suddenly, Harry gets a job as a reporter for the Daily Prophet. Sometimes you may think that Harry would have been happier had he not realized that he was a wizard.. MIT GECD (Global education and career development) center should probably employ more knowledgeable staff to help us understand these possibilities and circumvent this disadvantage.

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    MIT GECD (Global education and career development) center cares only about statistics.

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    postdoc @ MIT

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    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Postdoctoral Research Associate in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at MIT full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    there is a lot to learn, the experience is overall nice, amazing people from all over the world

    Cons

    the salary is low, high level of commitment, most weekends in the lab

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