Career Exploration Workshop: Researching Career Paths through Networking

October 24, 2022
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Online via Zoom


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How do you find out what careers are available to you, and evaluate whether or not they'd be a good fit? You can start with reading up (we'll tell you where); the next step is to talk to people (we'll tell you how). This workshop will include an interactive deep-dive into using LinkedIn as a research tool, and a step-by-step look at how and why to conduct informational interviews. Join us to learn about the often-misunderstood process of networking, which is really just about expanding your community – it might even be fun? 

This session is offered by instructors from the MIND Program.

Learning outcomes

This session is intended for advanced PhD students and postdocs who are exploring multiple career paths. After this workshop, you will be able to:

  1. Use LinkedIn to find job titles, employers, and networking contacts of interest
  2. Articulate the steps you can take to expand your network of people in a career path that interests you
  3. Write successful "invitations to connect" to people you don't already know
  4. Prepare for an informational interview with someone you don't already know
  5. Ask informational interview questions appropriate to your current career exploration stage
  6. Help others expand their networks


This workshop is part of our fall 2022 Career Exploration and Job Search series. These workshops can be taken together, or independently – there are no prerequisites for any workshop other than the pre-work mentioned on the registration page. Workshops in this series include:

September 29, 2022 (12-1pm): Getting Started with Career Exploration

October 17, 2022 (11 am-12:30 pm): Crafting your Career Story

October 24, 2022 (11 am-12:30 pm): Researching Career Paths through Networking

October 31, 2022 (11 am-12:30 pm): Getting Experience – Internships and more

November 7, 2022 (11 am-1 pm): Applying for Jobs

November 14, 2022 (11 am-1 pm): Interviewing for Jobs

December 5, 2022 (11 am-1 pm): Negotiating for Jobs


Linda Louie, PhD - Career Exploration Program Director, Office of Career and Professional Development


This workshop will take place on Zoom. There will be several interactive activities using tools like Mural and Padlet, as well as two breakout room in groups of 2-3. Participants who prefer not to participate in the breakout rooms will be given the option to complete a reflection activity on their own instead. 

October 24, 2022

A note about our virtual events: We would like to welcome you, as and where you are, to our virtual events. If there are times you just don’t want to be on camera, feel free to attend this event with your camera and mic off. If you prefer to switch on your camera and participate that’s great too. And if this event just won’t work for you please remember you can always make an appointment with us at any time. 

UCSF is committed to making its facilities, activities and events accessible. To request accommodations for this event, please contact Trish McGrath ([email protected]) at the Office of Career and Professional Development at least one week before the event.