Settling In and Making Meaningful Contributions

YOUR FIRST MONTH

As you continue to develop in your new role, learn about the organization, build relationships and ensure you’ve met your deadlines for benefits enrollment. Sign up, as needed, for professional training, and explore Cambridge in addition to MIT’s campus. 

Schedule, Job Duties, and Expectations

  • Schedule regular one-on-one meetings with your manager.
  • Request on-going, meaningful “everyday feedback.”
  • Feel free to ask questions about the performance management process and compensation system.
  • Discuss performance and professional development goals.
  • Take on an additional assignment.

Socialization

  • Continue introducing yourself to those inside and outside your department.
  • Attend campus events of interest to you.
  • Arrange to tour MIT’s campus.

Training and Development

  • Sign up for necessary training.

YOUR FIRST THREE MONTHS

In your first three months, you should become fully aware of your role and responsibilities, begin to act independently and produce meaningful work. As your acclimation to MIT’s environment continues, you will embrace your new role at MIT further and further.

Schedule, Job Duties, and Expectations

  • Continue meeting regularly with your manager.
  • Prepare for an informal three-month performance check-in. Write down any questions or concerns you may have.
  • Develop performance goals and professional development goals.
  • If relevant, ask about flexible work options.

Socialization

  • “Shadow” your manager at meetings to get exposure to others and learn more about the department and organization.
  • Plan lunches with coworkers or someone you have met from another MIT department or school.

Training and Development

  • Be sure to attend an in-person New Employee Orientation session. Provide feedback on the sessions to your manager.
  • Ask your manager if you need to complete additional training.
  • Seek information about continued learning opportunities.

YOUR FIRST SIX MONTHS

As you gain momentum in your work and take the lead on some initiatives, this is a great time to assess what you have done well and what you could have done differently in your first six months. As your work moves forward, continue to develop relationships with peers as go-to partners.

Schedule, Job Duties, and Expectations

  • Prepare for six-month performance review.
  • Review progress on performance goals and professional development goals.

Socialization