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.

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.

Motivating INformed Decisions: The MIND Program 
MIND is a career exploration program – based on best practices emerging from five years of experimentation – that challenges the current perceptions of PhD 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.

Apply for a Berkelhammer Postdoc Travel Award
Would attending a key conference or workshop make all the difference in your next steps? Apply for a travel award and you may be on your way to becoming an independent investigator.