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Career Planning

Careers don't just happen – they are planned. It may be hard to think beyond your next experiment, but it is crucial for your long-term success to set a goal and make a plan for reaching it.


There are many possible career paths for postdocs, so be sure to tap into campus resources to optimize your time and training at UCSF with your long-term goals in mind. Some key resources are:

The Office of Career and Professional Development (OCPD)
The innovative and forward-thinking staff in UCSF's OCPD help prepare UCSF students and postdoctoral scholars for careers rich in scholarship, leadership and discovery. OCPD provides programs, services, individual assistance, and web and print resources designed to enhance your academic, professional, and career development.

Career Exploration for PhDs: The Motivating INformed Decisions (MIND) Program 
Part of OCPD's offerings, MIND is a career exploration program – based on best practices emerging from five years of experimentation – that challenges the current perceptions of PhD and postdoctoral training. It brings interactive programming to UCSF students and postdocs, links them with professionals in a wide variety of careers, and provides the tools and resources to support them through their career exploration journey.

Diverse Careers for PhDs 
Looking to launch yourself into a career beyond academia? Check out OCPD's Every Month Series! Read about career paths, hear employers and alumni talk about their positions, learn new skills like informational interviewing and reflecting on whether a career path is right for you.

Preparing for a Faculty Career?
Whether you're a biomedical or social scientist, OCPD has built out a complete curriculum to help you prepare, apply, interview, and negotiate for an academic faculty position. They offer videos, resources, workshops, and 1:1 counseling all based on what hiring committees really look for in faculty candidates.

Individual Development Plan (IDP)
Ramp up your career planning with the award-winning "myIDP," an online tool that will guide you through a revealing examination of your personal and professional goals, and an exploration of career options.

Events

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UCSF Health and Campus COVID-19 Response Town Hall

Date: December 4, 2020
Time: 4 - 5 p.m.
Fri
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OCPD: Finance for Scientists

Date: December 11, 2020
Time: 1 - 3 p.m.
Fri
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UCSF Health and Campus COVID-19 Response Town Hall

Date: December 18, 2020
Time: 4 - 5 p.m.
Wed
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OCPD: Manage Up - Having a Career Conversation with Your Research Mentor

Date: February 24, 2021
Time: 1 - 2:30 p.m.