Partner with FUTURE!

Partnering with FUTURE

The FUTURE program, administered by the Clinical and Translational Science Center, is seeking to develop more partner contacts in various sectors of the economy who contribute to the biomedical enterprise, including but not limited to biotechnology, science communication, entrepreneurship, government, policy, and law. The aim is to provide resources for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to explore a wide range of careers available to biomedical trainees.

We are looking for Ph.D. trained professionals to simply share a bit of information about their job and career path. As a Ph.D. trained professional pursuing a career outside of academic research, you are in a unique position to share knowledge, expertise and experiences that are difficult to attain in an academic environment. The commitment we are asking for is small, but it will provide you with the opportunity to become part of a nationwide effort to change the landscape of biomedical training. 

We are looking for:

  • Individuals willing to conduct informational interview(s)
  • Individuals willing to contribute in other ways (job shadows, networking, career panels, career mentorship)
  • Companies, entities, and organizations willing to host an internship, short-term project, or other career exposure opportunity

If you are interested in partnering with us to help prepare graduate students and postdocs to enter the workforce, we are eager to talk with you!

Please send us an email: future_partners@ucdavis.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the process?
  • After you register your interest, the FUTURE Partner Development Coordinator will contact you by email to set up a brief call. In the email, you will receive some information about FUTURE, and some schedule options for the phone meeting.  and a few questions for you to answer before the phone call pertaining to your position’s skill requirements and tasks. During the call, we will talk about the level of program participation you prefer and get more information about you and your position.
  • What information will you collect from me?
  • In the email we will ask for your job title, your company/organization, your contact information, and your availability. Over the phone, we will work with you to categorize your job and career according to a defined taxonomy.
  • Why do we ask for your demographic information?
  • In the questionnaire we will ask you about your race and ethnicity, and other information that might identify you as a member of an underrepresented population in the biomedical sciences. Providing this information is completely voluntary, and not a requirement for participating in the FUTURE program. We are collecting this information, because mentorship for participants from underrepresented groups is limited and we are looking for ways to expand the pool of mentors in biomedical sciences from diverse backgrounds. You will have the option to choose whether or not you would like this to be identifiable information to the participating scholars.
  • How will my information be used?
  • The job and career information you provide will be used to compile aggregated data about different career options for biomedically trained graduate students and postdocs. This data will be augmented with the information you share with the participants in the interviews/experiences. As our partner community grows, so does the power of this information. This information will eventually help benefit the larger community of postdocs and graduate students at UC Davis in learning more about careers in your field. Your personal contact information will be kept confidential, and will be released to UCD FUTURE participants only after FUTURE program staff approve their request to meet with you.
  • How involved do I need to be?
  • This depends on you, your availability and interests. We ask that you be available for a minimum of one “informational interview” per year. Other ways you can be involved are: conducting informational interviews (multiple); providing job shadowing (externships) and/or internship opportunities; participating in UC Davis networking events, career panels, workshop Q & A's and seminars; serving as a long-term career mentor. These will mostly be in person visits, however the workshop Q&A sessions can be over Skype/Zoom.
  • 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 to them, and to explore whether it would be a good fit for their background, interests and skills. The interviews are typically 45-60 minutes long, and are conducted either in person at a location convenient to you, or via phone/Skype.
  • What does it mean to be a long-term career mentor?
  • If you choose to volunteer as a long-term career mentor, we will match you with a FUTURE participant who is interested in pursuing a career similar to yours, and would like career advice from someone for a longer, but defined period. As a long-term career mentor, you will be asked to be available to a specific participant for one year to answer questions related to pursuing a career in your field, to share experiences from your own career path, and to provide general career-related advice. This is similar to what you would be doing in an informational interview, but for a longer period of time. Serving as a career mentor does not obligate you to help a participant get a job, provide a letter of recommendation, or provide additional contacts. You are only asked to be available for advice by whatever mode of communication you prefer (email, phone, in-person, etc.).
  • When will I be contacted by a participant?
  • A FUTURE participant may request a meeting at any time during the year. You will be notified by FUTURE staff before an introduction to a participant is made. It is possible you won’t be contacted at all, but even so, your contribution will have an instrumental role in the success of the FUTURE program by the provision of data about your career. 
  •  How will I be contacted?
  • FUTURE program participants (students and postdocs) will notify FUTURE staff of careers that interest them and we will search for an appropriate match for the scholar. If you are chosen, we will notify you by email 48h before providing your contact information to the participant via an email introduction. The participant will then get in touch with you directly (by email or phone, depending on your preference) to arrange a meeting that suits your schedule.
  • How will my participation help?
  • Through informational interviews and/or job shadows (we call these activities “career exploration” experiences), you will be providing a UCD student or postdoc with valuable insight that is needed to help them make informed decisions about their career paths. However, each career exposure experience you generously provide will benefit far more than just one person. The scholars will share key take-away points from their career exploration experiences to the larger group of FUTURE participants (no identifying information about you or your place of work will be shared). In this way, your contribution has the potential to benefit a large community of postdocs and graduate students who are exploring careers.
  • How long do I need to participate?
  • We will check in with you each year to make sure you are still interested in participating and reassess how much and in which ways you would like to contribute. You can also withdraw your participation at any time by contacting us directly.