With a background spanning everything from philosophy to botany to structural biology, Dr.

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Your training at UCSF will prepare you to be an excellent clinician or researcher, but did you know that the Office of Career and Professional Development (OCPD) can help you position yourself for a job or residency after you graduate? We help students and postdocs hone their professional skills, explore career paths and prepare for a successful job hunt.
It’s the time of year that students and postdocs ask about the most frustrating interview question: “What’s your weakness?” This seems to be the most misunderstood interview question, by candidates and interviewers alike. What’s the purpose of this question, and what’s an appropriate response?

Breaking into a new field can seem daunting, especially since academic training rarely prepares trainees for anything beyond the tenure track.

Looking to explore a particular specialty or career path? Interested in learning about how other professionals have positioned themselves for nontraditional opportunities in your field?

Mentoring is a vital part of the learning process as well as crucial to career development in various professions.

Here’s a common negotiation situation: you have a job offer from Organization #1, who is waiting to hear your response, but you’re still waiting to hear back from Organization #2. Here are the four questions that students and postdocs ask:

“My friend told me that I should think about a career in medical writing because there are lots of jobs, and they need PhD’s, and I like to write.   But—my friend also said writers tend to be freelancers, and I need a regular paycheck since I have

As a Ph.D. career advisor, I am often asked, “What can I do right now, today, to transition into a non-academic career or find a job?” My answer is to start small—write down a list of careers you’re interested in and a list of people you know are in those careers, then start making connections.

Academics sometimes joke that their training resembles the Ponzi pyramid scheme.  This joke may ring too close to truth for many postdoctoral fellows and graduate students.