workshop: “Preparing for What’s Next”

2015 Linguistic Summer Institute Workshop: Professional Paths for Linguists: Preparing For What’s Next (as part of the Linguistics Summer Institute)

Saturday, July 18th 2015
**Please pre-register by July 15th 2015**

This full-day workshop is for anyone interested in exploring career paths for linguists. We will approach the job search as a research process, starting with the task of identifying skills, abilities, and professional goals, followed by practice in telling effective stories about ourselves as professionals and as linguists. Participants will: 1) identify their own professional skills, interests and values, 2) listen to stories told by linguists who have found professional expression of their academic skills and training, and 3) learn to craft professional stories that resonate.  You will leave the workshop having developed key job search texts including resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn presence, interviews, etc.

Linguists at all levels of training (from undergraduates to PhDs and beyond) are welcome.

Organized by the LSA “Linguistics Beyond Academia” Special Interest Group

Agenda9-10:00am  Introduction
Self-reflection on skills, interests, dream jobs, goals for the day

10-10:30am Activity – Get out of your seats and on your feets!
Introducing yourself professionally


10:45 – 11:05pm A map for your professional paths: BRIGHTEN
Your options in: Business, Research, Industry, Government, Healthcare Communications, Technology, Education/Entrepreneurship, the Non-profit world

11:05 – 12:00pm Now You Do It!
Working in groups, develop a “pocket example” using the career texts that you have brought with you: CV, resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile, etc.

LUNCH BREAK (on your own)

1:30-2:45pm Career Panel
Featuring linguists who work in a range of professional contexts

2:45 – 3:15pm Networking
Structured “mix and mingle,” an opportunity to practice using your pocket examples


3:30 – 4pm 10 Things You Can Do Today + Finding Opportunities in Your Community

4 – 4:30 Discussion and Wrap-Up

Do attendees need to bring any materials for the workshop?

Bring along a ‘career text’ – your resume, a cover letter, a copy of your LinkedIn bio, or something similar. We will workshop these texts to help you better tell your story!

Email if you have any additional questions.

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