New and Noteworthy

OCPD Creates New Tool for Evaluating Multiple Opportunities

April 12, 2022
Early users of the tool report that it has helped them discover new perspectives on their career decisions. The process of identifying criteria for the decision and then weighting and scoring those criteria can bring greater clarity to evaluating multiple opportunities and ultimately making a...

Are you writing an NIH grant?

By Rachel Care on March 23, 2022
Know what you're aiming for!

Looking to connect with professionals in your field in 2022?

By OCPD on January 03, 2022
Happy New Year!! If, in this season of resolutions and new initiatives, you are looking for ways to explore career paths, connect with UCSF alums, or build your professional community, or perhaps all three, we have a resource for you.

How far back do I go on my resume/CV?

By Sara Ayazi on August 31, 2021
This month’s career tip is how far back to go on your resume/CV. If you are grappling with this question, you are not alone! This is one of the most commonly asked questions I receive at OCPD and there are a lot of different schools of thought on this topic. My very first career tip was on this...

How do I establish myself in a new position?

By Sara Ayazi on July 29, 2021
This month’s tip is on how to establish yourself in a new position. Whether you are starting an internship, residency, or new job, below are several tips that can help you successfully transition into this new role.

Updated timeline shows graduate students how and when to engage OCPD

By Rachel Care on July 28, 2021
We've recently updated our timeline for graduate students in basic and biomedical science PhD programs! It shows the full array of OCPD's programs and resources laid out on the five years of a PhD program in a Gantt-style chart and includes links to our programing and resources. If you're using a...

We've had a staffing change

June 25, 2021
Our esteemed colleague Laurence Clement, PhD, Program Director for Academic Careers, has started the next chapter in her productive career. We thank her for her incredible contributions to our community and wish her all the best! Dr. Clement developed evidence-based, equity-focused trainings that...

How do I obtain a strong letter of recommendation/reference?

By Sara Ayazi on May 28, 2021
This month’s tip is on obtaining a strong letter of recommendation or reference. Letters of recommendation are often requested for residency, scholarship, and graduate school applications, while references are generally requested when applying for employment/postdoctoral scholar positions. Letters...

Should I include an "Interests" section on my resume/CV?

By Sara Ayazi on April 30, 2021
This month’s tip is on whether to include an “Interests” section on a resume/CV. There are a number of different opinions on this topic.* An “Interests” section is optional, and can be included if you have room on your resume/CV. I believe it is one of the most underestimated sections. The “...

How do I build a relationship with my mentor?

By Sara Ayazi on March 30, 2021
We have all been there. We had one (or several) really great meetings with our mentor. But now what? How do we keep that relationship going? Below are several tips: Thank them: At the end of every interaction with a mentor, thank them for their time within 24-48 hours after the meeting. Here is a...