Frequently Asked MIND Questions

What is the MIND Program?

The MIND Program is a career exploration course designed for busy graduate students and postdocs at UCSF. The program has two major components:

  1. The MIND Catalytic Course, which is designed to springboard your career exploration by providing you basic practical knowledge and professional skills.
  2. The MIND Peer Team, which is designed to help you do the work of career exploration, by providing a team to hold you accountable and support you through the inevitable ups and downs.

Is it possible to participate in the catalytic course/peer team part only, without participating in the full program?

Career exploration is hard work, and takes time! Therefore, we strongly encourage that participants commit to the full program, including all 6 two-hour course sessions, assigned homework, and 3 months of career exploration with their peer teams. See the Program Description for more information.

I have been at UCSF slightly longer than your eligibility requirements. Can I still apply?

If you fall slightly outside of the eligibility window, we may still consider your application (see the Eligibility Requirements for more information). If you are beyond the eligibility cut-off, please contact [email protected] before applying so that we can learn a bit more about your interests and situation.

I missed last year's application deadline. When can I apply next?

Applications for the Spring-Fall 2021 class will open in mid-April 2021.

Will you tell my program and/ PI of my application to MIND (or participation in MIND)?

No. The MIND program was designed to work around your other commitments at UCSF, and it is up to you to decide whether to discuss your participation with your PI. We do encourage trainees to discuss their career plans with their mentors, and if you would like assistance with strategies for approaching such a conversation please feel free to make an appointment with the Office of Career and Professional Development.

What is an informational interview?

The "informational interview" is a brief meeting that is offered to someone who is interested in learning more about your job or career. Informational interviews may lead to contacts that ultimately help land a job, but they are not direct inquiries about job opportunities. Informational interviews allow trainees to research a career or employer that is of interest, and to confirm whether it would be a good fit. They are typically 45-60 minutes long, preferably in person, but may be done via phone/video.

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