BRGHTEN is designed as a way to begin an exploration of the world of work. The categories which follow are designed to organize and guide inquiry, they are not mutually exclusive, nor are they necessarily comparable in terms of level or scope (for example “Business” is quite a big category, within which “Entrepreneurship” may or may not be wholly contained – many entrepreneurs have no interest at all in the business world, and work exclusively with non-profits and other mission-driven organizations). Neither is this list in any way exhaustive (It would be nigh-on impossible to capture all of the ways that awareness of spoken, written and computer-mediated communication is valued and valuable in professional settings – there are myriad untold stories of linguists at work), but I hope this acronym can invite curiosity, and start more conversations about work, something which I hope will continue for the rest of your working lives!
BRIGHTEN stands for: Business, Research, Innovation/Industry, Government, Healthcare, Technology, Education/Entrepreneurship, and Non-Profits. These are some of the areas in which the linguists I know have found meaningful professional expression of their skills and training. In other words: it’s where the linguists are working!