New and Noteworthy

How Can We Serve As Allies?

By Sara Ayazi on June 16, 2020
Like many of you, I have been overwhelmed by news of the tragic deaths of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and George Floyd. I am also encouraged to learn how communities across the country are taking a stand to address systemic racism and injustice. I find myself constantly returning...

How do I stand out during a video interview?

By Sara Ayazi on May 19, 2020
Video interviews have risen in popularity over the years and, due to the pandemic, many employers and residency programs are exclusively utilizing this format in place of in-person interviews. The interview process can feel intimidating. These tips can help alleviate stress on the day of the video...

How do I write a networking request that will get noticed?

By Sara Ayazi on April 28, 2020
As we make our way through these challenging times, in-person opportunities to meet professionals in our desired field have been limited. Due to that, many people are looking for alternative ways to expand their professional network, including finding and connecting with individuals virtually....

The Latest: Supporting Research Trainees during COVID

April 04, 2020
Since the COVID Shelter in Place mandate, we've been focused on identifying and responding to UCSF students and Postdocs career questions and concerns during the disruption.

How do I move forward in my career during these uncertain times?

By Sara Ayazi on March 24, 2020
With the recent COVID-19 outbreak, this month’s tip is on how to move forward in your career during these uncertain times.          Here are three tips that may help:

How do I calm my "interview nerves"?

By Sara Ayazi on February 19, 2020
A fellow health professional student recently asked if the following question can be shared in February's Career Tip of the Month: “I get so nervous during interviews. I have my first interview coming up next week. Any tips on how to calm my nerves during the interview process?” You are not...

How do I ask someone to be my mentor?

By Sara Ayazi on January 16, 2020
In honor of National Mentoring Month, January’s career tip is on how to ask someone to be your mentor.  Below are several tips that can help you with your mentorship request: 

New Workshop Alert: Teaching trainees how to have a career conversation with their research mentor

January 06, 2020
Everyone says it - students and postdocs should be having career conversations with their research mentor/PI. The challenge for students and postdocs is figuring out how best to bring up the topic and facilitate this important conversation.

What the Numbers Say: 27% of UCSF Postdocs Utilize the OCPD

December 30, 2019
We think that every UCSF postdoc should take one-two hours a month to invest in themselves and their own career and professional development. But life is busy, and when you're not sure what career path you want to pursue, or what experiences successfully position yourself for a particular career...

Cover Letters!

By Sara Ayazi on December 12, 2019
This month’s tip is on cover letters/letters of intent (“cover letter”). We recently received the following question from a UCSF health professional student:  "I am applying to a job that requires a cover letter. Do you have recommendations of who to address the letter to when this information is...