New and Noteworthy

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...

How do I respond to one of the most dreaded interview questions?

By Sara Ayazi on February 23, 2021
I recently received a question regarding how to approach one of the most dreaded types of interview questions--the behavioral interview question. Examples include:

New timeline shows graduate students how and when to engage OCPD

By Rachel Care on February 03, 2021
We've created a 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. If you're using a screen-reader, access the text version.

How do I write an effective thank you note?

By Sara Ayazi on January 29, 2021
This month's tip is on the art of writing a thank you note. I recommend writing a thank you note after every interview or networking interaction. Writing a thank you note is important because:

Connect with UCSF Alums for Virtual Coffee and Great Advice

January 15, 2021
Congratulations to Cameron Webb, 2021 DPT candidate, for participating in the Virtual Coffee with an Alum program where he gained valuable academic and professional advice from physical therapy alum Grace Wang, DPT ’18. The Virtual Coffee with an Alum program supports the career success of UCSF...

How do I negotiate a salary as a new graduate?

By Sara Ayazi on November 24, 2020
This month, I received a request to discuss salary negotiations for new graduates. Negotiating salaries can feel very stressful, especially if we are new to this process. Below are several tips for successful salary negotiations:

How do I network at a virtual conference?

By Sara Ayazi on October 22, 2020
Due to the pandemic, many events and programs will now be held virtually. Below are several tips to consider when approaching the networking process at a virtual conference: