Having a Career Conversation with Your Research Mentor (Mission Bay)

This program is offered once per year in the winter quarter. Sign up to the OCPD listserv to receive announcements when this program is offered.


Image of a two smiling peopleA career conversation with your research mentor is essentially a negotiation. It's a time to discuss your career path, what types of support your research mentor is willing and able to offer, and the level of productivity they'll need to see to continue to support you.

Using best practices from Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most (Stone, Patton, Heen and FIsher), participants will go through the steps of preparing for a negotiation (including identifying conversational goals and concerns about the conversation, assessing their research mentor's position and preferences, etc.), brainstorm different conversational tactics for each stage of a negotiation (including opening the conversation, negotiating different issues, coming to agreement and ending a conversation) and consider steps post-conversation.

This program is intended for PhD candidates and postdocs.

Learning outcomes:

  • Identify the steps to prepare for a career conversation
  • Consider how your research mentor would prefer to have this conversation
  • Develop talking points to keep the conversation on track
  • Discuss how to open, have and exit the conversation
  • Identify strategies if a conversation becomes contentious
  • Describe next steps post-conversation(s)


Naledi Saul, MPM
Director, Office of Career and Professional Development


This program is part of the Manage Up series.


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.