BRIGHTEN stands for Business, Research, Innovation, Government, Healthcare Communications, Technology, Education, and Non-profits.
This acronym has been derived from the three dozen stories I have collected (so far) for Employing Linguistics. It’s designed to expand thinking about the worlds of work that need linguists and illuminate some broad themes: change, range and fluidity.
Anthony Koth finished his PhD in 2019 examining the 2016 election through a semantic and cognitive linguistic lens. After a long job hunt he was able to trade academia and politics for tech and taxonomy; and now he helps people get jobs at Indeed by helping structure gobs of data with metadata tags to aid in search engine optimization. But, academia was not so quick to let him go as he had to finish a chapter on Trump’s overarching conceptual metaphor of COMPETITION for the forthcoming volume “Linguistic Inquiries into Donald Trump’s Language” (Schneider and Eitelmann eds.).
Alexandra Johnston is a sociolinguist with 10 years experience in corporate professional development training and nonprofit leadership. As the faculty director of the MA in Language & Communication at Georgetown University, she uses her experience and professional network in the nonprofit, corporate and higher education sectors to connect her students with viable and valuable career opportunities beyond academia.
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