Career Exploration

signpost iconFinding it hard to get started with career exploration, and easy to get stuck? That's normal! We can help you figure out where you want to go, and how to get there. 

How exactly do you explore careers? Watch a video we created for a quick and fun look at the career exploration process:

Career exploration support

Since 2014, OCPD has offered nationally-recognized, evidence-based career exploration programs. We know that community is key, when it comes to successful career exploration. Ready to connect with others who are on the same journey, or who have been in your shoes before? We have options!

More programs and resources

Where to Start?

If you're just embarking on your career exploration journey, you can start by learning a bit about the career exploration process, assessing where you are now, and reflecting on where you want to go. You don't have to do it alone – reach out to us any time. Feeling stuck or overwhelmed is very normal, and a great reason to schedule a chat! 

Career Paths to Explore

We've gathered a wealth of information about the career paths commonly pursued by UCSF PhD students and postdocs. Each page includes answers to some fundamental questions about that career (What is the application process like? Are international folks eligible?) as well as sample job titles, recordings of alumni panels, and lots more. 

Getting Experience

There are lots of ways to get hands-on experience in a career path that interests you. Full-time internships are one fantastic option. You can also consider part-time jobs at UCSF, joining campus organizations, upskilling courses, and more.


UCSF alumni tell us again and again that networking is the single the most important thing they did to explore careers. It might sound intimidating, but it's really just about building a community (and activating your existing connections) to help you on your way.

Common questions about career exploration

Upcoming Events


How to inclusively hire: Which strategies will you use?

Date: May 30, 2024
Time: 12 - 2 p.m.

OCPD Office Hours (for Graduate Students and Postdocs)

Date: May 30, 2024
Time: 9 - 10 a.m.

OCPD Office Hours (for Graduate Students and Postdocs)

Date: June 4, 2024
Time: 12 -1 p.m.