The First 90 Days: How to Establish Yourself in Any New Position

This program is not currently scheduled

However, you can find resources like slides and recordings under Materials at the bottom of this page. To get announcements when this program is offered next, sign up to the OCPD listserv and be sure to open emails from "UCSF Office of Career and Professional Development"


Whether you’re starting a new job, postdoc, or rotation, there are 4 things to do to assess and position yourself to succeed. Skillful students and postdocs recognize how important it is to assess their environment, strategically find allies, uncover hidden expectations and align their efforts to thrive. In this highly interactive session, we’ll use real-life examples and reflection to explore best practices to evaluate your situation, understand your team dynamics, and formulate a winning strategy that positions you to achieve your goals at UCSF and beyond.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Use frameworks - not just feelings! -  to assess all 4 key factors to your success in any new position: self-awareness; your mentor/manager’s goals, skillfulness and work style preferences; your team/colleagues; and the organization 
  • Consider and modify strategies to help you navigate your unique situation and stay on track with your goals
  • Describe (on and off campus) resources to help you succeed


Naledi Saul - Director, UCSF Office of Career and Professional Development and Interim Chief of Staff, SAA/Graduate Division


  • Live virtual workshop
  • Group work
  • Individual work


The First 90 Days: Establishing Yourself in Any New Position Slides (2023 workshop)
Establishing Yourself in a New Position Slides (2022 workshop)

This program is part of the Workplace Navigation (formerly Manage Up series).

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.