The reality of graduate and postdoctoral training today is very different from the environment into which many faculty, and even postdocs, entered when they began their academic careers. Many grad students and postdocs today know that they will not continue onto tenure-track positions.
We know that the changing realities of the biomedical workforce place faculty in a difficult position. Many mentors wish to support their trainees as they consider and explore their career options, but have limited time and tools to do so. We would like to understand the challenges, needs and concerns of UCSF faculty, and we are building tools and resources to support them in their roles as mentors.
A: For the catalytic course phase, MIND occurs on Saturdays and participation should not interfere with any weekday laboratory activities. For the peer-team phase, participants will meet for 2 hours twice a month. Informational interviews should be performed on participants' own time.
Q. Is MIND an "alternative careers" program? Are you encouraging my trainees to leave academia?
A: No. MIND is a career exploration program, and is career neutral. In fact, the majority of our participants are considering careers within and outside of academia simultaneously. We encourage participants to gather information and speak to professionals in all of their careers of interest. In fact, our MIND alumni include newly minted tenure-track faculty members!
Q: Is this program allowing for time spent on career activities as dictated by the NIH?
A: Yes, the MIND program qualifies as allowable time spent on career development for NIH funded trainees.