Career Conversations for Researchers in the age of COVID-19

Welcome to our new limited series of career conversations! Our goal is to keep UCSF PhD students and postdocs updated on career and professional development trends and best practices to navigate their careers successfully in the age of COVID-19.

Choosing a Thesis Lab

In our third conversation, we are talking about choosing a thesis lab during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will discuss strategies for assessing a lab, including ways in which COVID may be able to help you with that assessment, and factors to keep in mind while you are making your decision.

Be sure to check out all of the resources we discuss in the video, below!

Topics covered in this video:

  • 2:20 - How do I assess a lab without being there in person, and how will the lab assess me?
  • 10:58 - How can COVID help me assess a lab?
  • 16:09 - What factors should I keep in mind when choosing a thesis lab?
  • 21:01 - What should I do when I'm making this decision?

 

Resources featured in Choosing a Thesis Lab conversation:

Joining in the conversation:

  • Naledi Saul, MPM, Director, OCPD
  • Rachel Care, PhD, Program Manager, PhD Career and Professional Development, OCPD
  • Laurence Clement, PhD, Program Director, Academic Careers, OCPD
  • D'Anne Duncan, PhD, Assistant Dean for Diversity and Learner Success

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    Navigating Productivity Expectations: Your Own and Your PI's

    In our second conversation, we are talking about navigating productivity expectations during COVID - including defining your own expectations realistically and managing your PIs', and what we have been thinking of when people talk about "keeping your career on track."

    Be sure to check out all of the resources we discuss in the video, below!

    Topics covered in this video:

    • 0:00 - How the need to be productive is impacting students and postdocs
    • 9:59 - How will changes in productivity impact job applications
    • 15:00 - Recognizing your changing needs
    • 22:22 - What is changing in trainee-mentor relationships
    • 28:40 - Keeping your career on track
    • 47:42 - Managing productivity expectations

     

    Resources featured in Navigating Productivity Expectations conversation:

    Main Page: Visit the COVID and careers resource page for researchers on the OCPD website

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    Joining in the conversation:

    • Naledi Saul, MPM, Director, OCPD
    • Laurence Clement, PhD, Program Director, Academic Careers, OCPD
    • Bill Lindstaedt, MS, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Career Advancement, International and Postdoctoral Services
    • Michael Matrone, PhD, Associate Director/Program Director, Careers Beyond Academe, OCPD
    • Gabriela Monsalve, PhD, Assistant Dean for Postdoctoral Scholars
    • Elizabeth Silva, PhD, Associate Dean of Graduate Programs

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      Hiring Freezes, Rescinded Offers, and Uncertainty: What to do now?

      In our kickoff conversation, we discuss the latest on what we've been hearing about the academic job market, industry positions, postdoc opportunities and internships during COVID-19, and share the advice we've been giving UCSF students and postdocs in counseling appointments.

      Be sure to check out all of the resources we discuss in the video, below!

      Joining in the conversation:

      • Naledi Saul, MPM. Director, OCPD
      • Michael Matrone, PhD, Associate Director/Program Director, Careers Beyond Academe, OCPD
      • Laurence Clement, PhD, Program Director, Academic Careers, OCPD
      • Linda Louie, PhD, Program Director, Career Exploration, Experiential Learning and Employer Engagement, OCPD

       

      Resources featured in Hiring Freezes, etc. conversation:

      Main Page: Visit the COVID and careers resource page for researchers on the OCPD website

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      Support


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