Challenging the Cultural Norms that Influence Our Careers Decisions

Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 10:30am to 12:00pm


Many factors such as family, friends, community, and the media influence our views, thoughts and opinions about the “best” career move for us. We are also influenced by systems of privilege and oppression, including racism, heterosexism, ableism, and sexism. Through this interactive, discussion-based IAP workshop, we aim to provide a space to identify and challenge some of these norms and forces that effect our career decisions. This is an IAP workshop put on by MIT's Career Advising and Professional Development Office with the goal of providing professional development with a diversity and inclusion lens.

 Suggested Learning Objectives

Explore cultural norms and how they might lead to biases we have about certain career choices Practice self-reflection and develop self-awareness regarding the cultural norms that influence our thoughts about careers Identify A) approaches for challenging these biases as they relate to our career and life goals and B) strategies for staying accountable to our own self-development in relation to examining biases that effect careers.

Register on CareerBridge and fill out the pre-workshop survey

Questions? Email Amanda at or Tavi at

Event Type

Conferences/Seminars/Lectures, Meetings/Gatherings, Workshops/Fairs, Career Development

Events By Interest

Career Development, Diversity/Inclusion, IAP (Independent Activities Period)

Events By Audience

Students, Alumni



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