Career Development and 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 the following campus resources to optimize your time and training at UCSF with your long-term goals in mind.

Ramp up your career planning with "myIDP." This award-winning online tool will help you examine your personal and professional goals, and to explore a wide range of career options.

The Office of Career and Professional Development
The Office of Career and Professional Development (OCPD) helps 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. Visit the OCPD website.

Motivating INformed Decisions: The MIND Program
MIND is an experimental career exploration program that challenges the current perceptions of PhD training. The program provides training and resources to UCSF students and postdocs and provides a resource for career exploration that can be utilized by trainees nationwide. The program brings together students, postdocs, faculty, and professional partners who are applying their doctoral degrees in diverse fields. Visit the MIND website for more information on the program and how to participate.

Networking and Career Exploration through Campus Organizations
There are over 100 registered clubs and organizations at UCSF, including many focused on exploring career interests and options. They also provide valuable opportunities to network with your peers, faculty, UCSF alumni, and leaders in academia, industry, and other areas of science. Some great examples:

  • Concerned about science policy? Check out the Science Policy Group, dedicated to educating UCSF students and postdocs about science policy issues as well as taking action to support science advocacy.
  • Interested in science advocacy and communicating science? Get involved in Carry the One Radio. Founded by a group of UCSF neuroscience and biomedical sciences students, Carry the One has developed a series of short, accessible podcast interviews with scientists, in order to bridge the gap between the scientific community and the public.
  • Keep exploring! See the full list of campus organizations.

UCSF is ramping up career planning and development activities throughout the university, so watch this page for more resources and programming announcements throughout the year.