Graduate Division

Career Development

The UCI Graduate Professional Success (GPS) Initiative was developed to organize Graduate Division’s workshops and certificate programs around 8 core competencies (listed below). 

  • Discipline-specific conceptual knowledge
  • Research skill development
  • Careers and Entrepreneurship
  • Teaching and Pedagogy
  • Communication and Cultural Fluency
  • Ethics and Professional Responsibility
  • Leadership and Management
  • Life Skills

All postdoctoral scholars are strongly encouraged to conduct a self-assessment and establish plans for improving these competencies during their UCI postdoctoral appointment using an Individual Development Plan (IDP) with their mentor. The IDP process will help guide the postdoc on how to best take advantage of UCI’s many resources.  Below are the UCI IDP editable plan/worksheet and accompanying guide.  Additional IDP resources are also provided.

The OPA sponsors quarterly orientations which includes an overview of the professional development resources here at UCI. The UCI Postdoctoral Handbook contains information about UCI resources which includes the units providing professional development opportunities. You are also encouraged to make an individual appointment to discuss your goals so we can provide information about the appropriate resources. Contact Mary Frances Ypma-Wong with questions or to make an appointment. 

Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) Upcoming Events

Events and calendar are posted and updated on a weekly basis on the Postdoc Weekly page

Graduate Resource Center Events

  • Click here to review GRC certificate programs, workshops and other professional support services.

Several UCI-affiliated units also offer professional development and networking opportunities. Be sure to check their websites and calendars for upcoming events.

Additional Resources:  The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) - UCI Postdocs can join free as an affiliate individual member.

Pursuing a Career in Academia

Launching a Career Outside of Academics

Career Training Programs/Fellowships for PhDs

Postdoctoral Scholar Exit Survey-POSES To be completed during the last month of postdoctoral training at UC Irvine.