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Info session: CL (Mighty) Network

Learn more about the Career Linguist Network at the info session Monday 4/23 at 10-11am PDT / 1-2pm EDT. Attend on zoom:

This network is:

For Linguists: to stay engaged and inspired about our field of study and get support in professional development through participation in skills-building workshops, working sessions, check-in sessions, and themed discussions.

For Students, recent grads, and career-changers: to find connections between your academic and professional interests, identify challenges that speak to you, and make progress towards whatever might be your next step professionally.

For members of the Media, organizations and individuals who have language and communications challenges: we have a breadth and depth of expertise. Bring us your questions!

Membership is only $15/month for a wealth of resources, inspiration, and opportunities. Save $ by ordering the annual plan for $149.99 and test it out for a week for free at any time!

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Read what people are saying about the CL Network:

I find the CL network a group of interesting and engaging career-minded individuals that are invested in not only working on their own area of expertise but also curious to hear about and provide support, if applicable, to their fellow members. The women who participate weekly in the work sessions I have attended act as a team of accountability partners that seem to keep me on track and allow me to mutually provide support for them. Anna Marie Trester, our host, is always engaging, providing a gentle guidance that allows us to focus on the work at hand in a structured group environment, using our stated intention to propel us effortlessly through our chosen assignment for each session. Because we are using the pomodoro method, of 20 minute intervals, it seems to take some of the pressure off, allowing me to concentrate on this chunk of work, rather than stressing over the full project. In the past few weeks of attending the CL work sessions, I have managed to accomplish more of my project than I have alone in a much longer time frame. I thoroughly enjoy this process and am grateful to Dr. Trester for creating such an inviting, congenial, interactive environment for peers to accomplish their goals.


Webinar: Career Planning for Linguists

<this webinar has been cancelled – stay tuned for more programming from the LBA SIG and from the LSA>

 Join us for the latest in a series of webinars on career topics sponsored by the LSA’s Special Interest Group (SIG) on Linguistics Beyond Academia.

“’Planned happenstance’ Career planning for linguists” will feature linguist and career coach Jess Bennett (University of the West of England, Employability and Enterprise Services). This webinar will be an interactive and conversational exploration of the conversation that is Jess’ favorite one to navigate: “I don’t know what to do, everyone is asking me where I am going next, and all of my peers seem to have everything figured out!”  Jess will walk us through how she would approach this conversation with a linguist, touching on the following themes: Flexibly Navigating the World of Work, Uncertainty Intolerance, Reframing Networking, Approaching Career Services: Bridging the Perceived Disconnect, and Building Spaces for Collaboration.

Whether you’re a current student wondering about your future career choices, a recent graduate actively looking for work, an under- or unemployed linguist looking for ways to jump-start your career, or a mid-career linguist looking for a change, this webinar will have something for you.  There will be plenty of time for question & and answer, so come prepared.

The webinar will take place on Wednesday, April 25 from 12:00 noon to 1:30 PM US EDT.

Registration is free, but priority will be given to LSA members.  Click here for more information and to register for the webinar.


BLx2W in NYC

This just in: Caroline Latterman (of Linguistic Consulting) one of the career linguists who appears in the book will join us to tell a story about telling her story for the book!

On Wed April 25 from 6:30-8:30 pm join Book travelsCareer Linguist and storyteller, Dr. Anna Marie Trester, at her alma mater, NYU as she celebrates the release of Bringing Linguistics to Work  and shares her approach to career (improvisational, linguistic, and story) as part of the NYC launch of Bringing Linguistics to Work.

RSVP for the event here

Learn more about the book and get your copy here

The event will be interactive, there will be prizes (and snacks) and lots and lots of stories!!

As professional challenges increasingly demand creativity in problem-solving, systems-thinking, perspective-taking, listening, and cross-cultural understanding, the world of work needs linguists now more than ever! And the ability to convey the transferability of the skills cultivated by the study of linguistics becomes increasingly critical. Stories are powerful tools for doing so, but how do we identify which stories will be the most effective in job-seeking texts and interactions like resumes and informational interviews? And what is it about these stories that makes them work? As linguists, there is no reason why our stories shouldn’t be the very best ones out there!!

Although this will be of particular interest to linguists, anyone interested in learning actionable steps to bringing a storytelling approach to their professional path should plan to attend.

Can’t make it to this one?
Check out a recording of the virtual book party here. If you would like for Career Linguist to come to your town to talk about the book, reach out!!  Contact Career Linguist

Job postings

Summer intern at the Linguistic Society of America

The LSA is seeking applications for the position of Student Intern at its national office in Washington, DC for the Summer 2018 semester (June – August). This is a great opportunity to learn more about the field of linguistics, the professional needs of LSA members, and the LSA’s broader agenda to advance the scientific study of language. This internship also provides exposure to the workings of a small non-profit organization based in the nation’s capital.

Interns will gain experience with writing, research, database management, social science policy, and a variety of administrative tasks. Please see the position description below for additional details. The position is open to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in programs leading to a degree in linguistics or a related field.

Funding is available to support one part-time position at 32 hours per week, with a $5000 stipend. In order to receive a stipend, applicants must be U.S. citizens or foreign nationals with the appropriate work visa.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three academic/professional references to:, subject line: “LSA Internship Application.” The deadline for full consideration is March 23, 2018.

Position Description

Assist the LSA Secretariat with the following projects:

1) managing its social media accounts

2) website content management and development

3) research and information gathering on a variety of topics (not scholarly in nature)

4) database management

5) representation at meetings and conferences in the DC metro area

6) preparing summaries and analysis of reports and other materials

7) assisting with clerical support

8) develop and execute one long-term project of particular interest to the incumbent

Career Paths for linguists

The Linguist and The Future of Work

Alicia Martinez Miranda – Bio

Alicia Martinez photo

I began formal linguistic training at Georgetown and obtained a M.S. in Sociolinguistics.  During my time at Georgetown, I worked as a graduate researcher on a DARPA grant initiative to improve cross cultural communication in military settings.  From there, I worked in New York in healthcare advertising on ethnographic, dialogue, and computational linguistic studies for various pharma clients and disease states.  I currently reside in Denver, Colorado and work as a higher ed researcher for a professional development company.  I love to travel, try new food, and spend time with my husband and parrot.  I’m also trying to lean how to bake, but linguistics seems to be the area that I’m more of a natural in.

As a kid I loved to watch foreign moves because I could hear other languages and get a glimpse into a world different from my own.  In elementary school, it felt like I instinctively knew the importance of regaining the heritage language that was lost to my parents a generation earlier, and consequently lost to me.  I worked hard at it and now feel like Spanish is one of the most intimate parts of who I am.  From this experience, I learned how language represents the heart of the people who speak them.  Words, language, and communication just seemed to make sense to me – I know I’ve been a linguist from the very beginning.

I choose an undergrad college where I would have the chance to study languages intensively and travel abroad frequently.  From that experience, I gained an understanding of learning languages and language families.  From there, I worked for two years as a braillist to support visually impaired children.  From that experience, I gained an understanding of how to bend the literal world and how touch, smell, and hearing function as non-verbal language.

It was around this time that I decided to pursue formal linguistic training.  By getting a M.S. in Sociolinguistics, I gained an understanding of the systematic components of language and communication and research skills.  This also opened the door to my first legitimate linguistic research gig, working on a DARPA funded grand with a team of linguists at Georgetown University to improve cross cultural communication training in the military.  From that experience, I gained strong ethnographic fieldwork experience and the understanding of the importance of translating linguistic theory to real world settings.

I then moved to NYC and began working as part of a linguistic research group that was embedded in a top healthcare advertising agency.  I think this was the first experience that I truly understood that linguistic training could be applied to anything.  By using the research skills and systematic understanding of language that I had gained from my training, I was able to help pharma clients understand their market, consumers, and the nuances of various disease states.

Most recently, my journey has brought me back home to Denver.  I was curious what this next phase in my career would bring and was pleasantly surprised when I landed a job researching academic affair issues in higher education to provide professional development programming angles.  While I’m only a few months in, I’ve learned that the versatility that being a linguist affords me has never seemed more relevant given the world we live in.  By being immersed in higher education trends, I know that the reality of our world and the future of work is rapidly changing.  The global, technological world we live in is creating an environment where the purpose of higher education will not necessarily be to teach specific knowledge sets or train for specific careers.  Rather, it will be to create specific types of individuals.  With new job fields being created and others inevitably being lost due to things such as artificial intelligence, data analytics, and humanless technology, a successful, competitive individual will be one who is versatile, a critical thinker, solves problems, understands data, can combine disciplines, can think outside of the box, and is comfortable with change.  While the prospect of such a different type of workforce can be both exciting and daunting, in my mind, this type of individual can easily be a linguist!

So far in my linguistic journey, I’ve been able to apply my passion and what I have learned as a linguist to government and military, advertising and healthcare, and professional development and higher education settings.  This journey is far from over, but I’m loving all the interesting twists and turns.

Please feel free to reach out to or message me on LinkedIn if you’d like to chat about linguistics and your career!


Career Linguist

Career Linguist is a place for linguists to get resources about career. If this is your first time here, get oriented by watching my story approach to career explainer video.

Check out also Career Paths, 50 (linguist friendly) Organizations, or how to begin.

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