The Manage Up Series for Students & Postdocs

Part I: Choosing opportunities wisely


Choosing a thesis lab is a big decision. Come to this workshop to figure it out! You’ll brainstorm with peers about your goals, your options and important criteria to help you choose the lab that is right for you.
How to choose a postdoc workshop
Finding the right postdoc - the one where the science and the professional relationships will help you position yourself for your career - can be a challenge. Come to this workshop to figure it out! You’ll brainstorm with peers about your goals, discuss how to identify your options s and important criteria to help you choose the lab that is right for you!
Using the interview to tell if a workplace is a bad fit or toxic
How can you frame questions and assess a workplace, lab, clinical setting or workplace to help you determine if a job, postdoc or residency is a bad fit for you or toxic? How can you get accurate information when current staff might not be motivated to be candid with you? In this interactive workshop, we'll show you how to use your interview effectively!
  • Parnassus, Wednesday, October 17, 2018 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Part II: Positioning yourself for success/recognizing and avoiding pitfalls 

MyIDP for PHDs: Hit the ground running/get back on track with your Individual Development Plan 
This interactive workshop will help you hit the ground running/get back on track and make the most of your time at UCSF. You'll brainstorm and develop a written list of goals mapped to a timeline, including goal setting for research projects, skills development, and career planning. Students and postdocs who complete a written plan report improved productivity and more effective interactions with their PIs and mentors with respect to career and research goals. Join your peers and make a plan for success!
What type of faculty position is right for you? What skills do you need to get a faculty position in the U.S.? In this workshop, we will explore the different types of faculty positions available to life scientists in the U.S., and the skills they require. Participants will use the Academic Career Readiness Assessment (ACRA) framework to assess their level of preparedness for different positions, and to set professional development and research goals for the rest of their training.
Hit the Ground Running: How to establish yourself in a new rotation, lab or workplace.
Establishing yourself in your new work situation is more than just "Working hard and doing your best". It's about assessing key factors in your new situation, determining which of your goals you can achieve and avoiding pitfalls. We'll discuss how to evaluate 1) your new boss/PI/Preceptor/CI/etc., 2) your colleagues, and 3) your environment to determine the metrics of success, how to handle the politics and set yourself up for success.
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How to navigate - and not get crushed - by (lab, workplace, etc.) politics
Are people's different professional priorities or personalities causing a challenging situation at in a lab or clinical setting? We talk about how to conceptualize what's happening, how to handle it the moment, and strategize in the short and long term.
Having a career conversation with your advisor or PI
A career conversation with your advisor/PI is essentially a negotiation. Students and postdocs are seeking support to conduct work and engage in opportunities that will position them for their future goals. For an advisor/PI, it's a time to clarify/confirm your career path, what types of support they are willing and able to offer, and the level of productivity they'll need to see. Using best practices from Harvard's Negotiation Project, participants will go through the steps of preparing for a negotiation (including identifying goals, assess your advisor's/PI's position, etc.), and discuss engaging in a conversation (including opening the conversation, negotiating different issues, coming to agreement and handling conflict) and post conversation steps.
Finding your 5 mentors (and a sponsor!)
Everyone will tell you that mentorship is important, but how does a student or postdoc find a mentor? In this interactive workshop, we'll discuss the types of mentors there are, and you'll identify which ones you currently need as a student or postdoc. We'll also discuss how students/postdocs establish a mentorship relationship, resources like, and you'll begin to brainstorm a plan to build the community you need for success.
  • Parnassus, Monday, October 15, 2018 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
While there is a lot of information about the importance of mentoring and finding a mentor, this workshop focuses on the skills to maintain a functional relationship with your research mentor. We'll define a mentorship relationship and the stages of a mentoring relationship, identify criteria to evaluate your mentor and the 'heath' of your relationship, and discuss strategies to proactively respond when you find your relationship is off track. 
Building your professional brand. Who are you?
What do you want your professional community to think of when they think of you? In this engaging workshop, you'll articulate your professional identity, and we'll brainstorm common strategies to intentionally begin building your professional brand in person and through social media.
Have you ever wondered how to navigate a collaboration as a junior member of the team? In this interactive workshop, we identify criteria to assess the health of your collaboration, red flags in collaborations, proactive strategies to address issues, resources to support you if you have concerns and ways to skillfully seek help from resources and mentors.