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Career Week to Begin Monday For Freshmen and Sophomores Networking With Faculty, Resum.. Workshops on Week...s Agenda

By Benjamin Gleitzman

On Monday the MIT Careers Office will present the first annual Freshman-Sophomore Career Week, exposing “opportunities inside and outside of MIT to help students in their career exploration,” according to the Careers Office Web site.

“We want to bring career issues on the radar of younger students,” said Shonool Malik, assistant director of the MIT Careers Office, who called underclassmen “the pulse of the Institute.”

FSCW, extending from February 27th to March 4th, will feature career exploration, networking events, resume workshops, and a keynote address from Niel Robertson ’96, CTO and co-founder of the software company Newmerix. The career week will also allow underclassmen to “practice talking to employers and not feel pushed out by juniors and seniors,” said Heather Bruskin, freshman/alumni summer internship program director.

Robertson, the week’s keynote speaker, sold his software company for $280 million after graduating from MIT.

“Two things sparked my interest in technology: my best friend’s Commodore 64 and a book from my father about the MIT Media Lab,” said Robertson.

FSCW will also focus on networking with faculty, especially in regard to Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programs. Robertson established the Meryl and Stewart Robertson UROP Fund through a donation in 2000 encouraging “communication in presentations,” a skill that Robertson said he struggled with as a student.

“I discovered my first UROP out of poverty,” said Robertson, who proposed his own UROP. “I worked 75 percent because I liked it and 25 percent so I could live in Boston for the summer. MIT is cognizant of the reality of the world they are sending their students into, where preparation will get you your first job and experience will get you the second and third.”

Robertson admits that many of his successes stemmed from luck as well as preparation and experience. According to Robertson, students need to “take a look around and take advantage of opportunities.”

Located in 12-170, The Careers Office provides “walk-in hours, resume critiquing, and self assessment tools so students are never without a source of support,” said Bruskin. More information about the Careers Office, a schedule for the Freshman-Sophomore Career Week, and undergraduate advising can be found online at