SisyphusHappy wrote:Lots of info
Thanks, I really appreciate you taking the time to share, and much of your perspective sounds reassuring. Regarding PI, don't feel compelled to share anything that you think would out yourself, but in general, what track (PD/DA, Other Government, Non-Profit Public Interest, etc.) are you pursuing and how easily are you/people in general finding opportunities? For those interested in PI in general, is there any advice you would have wanted as a 0L, or is there anything that you would especially recommend doing or joining?
For sure. I'll give you all the areas.
DAs: I actually don't know anything about them. Because come on. There might be an overlap with PD and the rest of the PI kids, but not with DAs. The only anecdotes I have here are people who want to do both DA or PD work, and they're not having any luck. I don't think that has anything to do with UCLA.
PDs: People are having problems. San Diego is starting to higher again (which is great). PDS just posted saying they're taking 3 people I think. LA still only has unpaid gigs, though, as does most the state. UCLA funds some opportunities, though. This year they partnered with Gideon's Promise for a few fellowship and their general PI fellowships can also be used for PD work. Of people I know, a couple have jobs lined up. Most are starting to interview now.
Government work: I know a handful of people who have gotten spots. UCLA sends a lot of people to DC over the summer and during semesters. There aren't many recruiters who come to us, but you can go to them and be successful.
Non-profits: Most people are shooting for fellowships. As I mentioned, the school offered a handful of them last year. People shit on school-funded positions, but this is like a less competitive build-your-own Skadden fellowship. It's a great opportunity. UCLA hosts SoCal's largest non-profit career day every year, so many people got jobs there. I think this group is in the same boat as PDs. It's rough right now. A few people have things lined up, most are just starting to interview.
EDIT: Oh, and the advice. UCLA lets you take a semester off to work for a PI organization. You get full credit, graduate on time, etc, etc, you're just not on campus and not taking finals. It's the greatest opportunity. Most schools don't offer anything like this. Take advantage of it.
EDIT2: I should also mention that the shots at the DAs are (mostly) tongue-in-cheek.