For many of us, the choice to study linguistics was very clear, but what comes next much less so. And this part of the journey can be quite anxiety-provoking and even confusing. You likely have been handed a map for your future that represents someone else’s expectations or you might be handed a map that is inadequate because the jobs of today simply didn’t exist 5 years ago, or because your job doesn’t exist yet. And to compound the confusion: now the ways of finding and being found by employers are now totally different.
This is why I created this blog – to make some space for thinking about the big picture. About processes like career education, career exploration, navigating your career path. Perhaps it has been a while since you have asked yourself what you are good at doing, what you really love to do, even what it is that you feel called to do. If we are in an academic context, we likely don’t have too many models for the variety of paths available because we are surrounded by people who have made the choice to pursue an academic path. Because this is a powerful and compelling model, we don’t envision any other paths for ourselves. If we are in the world of work, we may have been out of touch with other linguists so long that we no longer recognize the professional expression of our knowledge, skills and abilities as having been shaped by our training.
This is why I created this blog – to “bring in”
- to bring the career linguists into conversations with the next generation
- to bring those who are just beginning their career path as linguists into the world of work).
Because no matter what we do, we are always going to do it like a linguist, and I think that’s something to celebrate!!!
To give some examples of what professional paths in linguistics could look like, I share stories of professional paths on this blog. Stories that interrogate the careers of those linguists who have forged ahead – critically engaging with the who, what, when, where, why and how of their careers, so that we might better do the same for ourselves.
I also created this blog to share things like:
- my approach to thinking about career
- practical steps YOU can take to walk the walk
- resources for jobseekers
- organizations that hire linguists
- career paths that other linguists have taken
- thoughts about things like skills
- and many other genres of jobseeking (see the “Steps” drop-down)
I also share announcements about job postings and events (search by using “Categories”)
The big idea: As linguists, we have been trained to think in quite abstract ways, and it can sometimes be very hard to see the connections between the things that we have studied and the broader problems and challenges that we wish to devote our time and energy to solving. Harder still to convince someone else to pay you to do this! But all of it works better in community, which is yet another reason I created Career Linguist.
So, get involved – share these posts, join the Facebook page, invite others to do the same, share your own story, contribute ideas, resources, job postings, etc.
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