Events, Networking, Professional Development

Building our Community


Together, we can do this Career Linguists!   We linguists are trained to think in systems, to see patterns, and to solve problems – and the world (of work) needs us now more than ever!  Let’s change the conversation about career to make this quest be that of bringing the skills that we love using to help solve the challenges that speak to us!!!

Join the CL (Mighty) Network to:

  • Be a Mentor / Get a Mentor
  • Make progress on tasks (which might not otherwise get done)
  • Develop essential skills in networking and storytelling for career
  • Share successes / ask for support with challenges
  • Pay it Forward
  • Share and make opportunities!!

create opportunities

Learn more about the Career Linguist (Mighty) Network by clicking here.



Networking, Professional Development, Resources, Storytelling

Career Linguist (CL) Network

Announcing the launch of the Career Linguist (CL) Network: A community for career linguists to encourage and learn from one another; to support career development; and to stay inspired about the field of study that connects us! The CL network opens to the public on Feb 1st!

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About the platform
The Mighty Networks platform enables me to bring together a bunch of different kinds of things that I have been (and have been wanting to have been) doing for a while now including LOTS OF ACTIVITIES: weekly Working sessions (where we come together to get stuff done!!!), biweekly Check-ins (making space for connection, discovery, and opportunity), and Themed discussions:  coming up in Feb, book club discussion of Adam Grant’s Give and Take and interactive sessions on storytelling for career.  The Stories Around the Campfire series will now be hosted on the CL Network (linguists sharing stories about work), and we also have mentors who have made themselves available to field questions about chosen topics and professional fields of practice.

SO many ways to strengthen and grow our community, and more to come!!

Find the network here:

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

Want to learn more? 
Attend the info session Tuesday, Jan 30th at 11am PDT / 2pm EDT

Questions? Contact Career Linguist

What people are saying about the CL Network:

The Career Linguist network has been enormously helpful as I transition from an academic position into consulting. It is inspiring to have a place to connect with people doing interesting and varied work outside academia. The Working Sessions have been particularly helpful and a great way for me to get to know others in our field as we work independently on a specific task for a set period of time. Anna is supportive, encouraging and the perfect facilitator. She has helped me understand the difference between a “task” and a “project” which has helped my work flow tremendously. I will definitely continue to attend when I can!

Kristy Cardellio, Ph.D.
St Petersburg, FL

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.

Diane Quinn
New York, NY

Career Education, Informational Interviewing, Networking

Great advice for graduating students: ASK!

Loved this recent article in the Atlantic about “the Genius of Want to Grab a Coffee?

In a few weeks, millions of college students will enter the real world with dreams of finding work that’s meaningful and challenging—and preferably lucrative enough to live roommate-free in a major city. As they embark on their job searches, recent graduates are frequently given the vague advice to “go out and network.”

But what exactly should this networking entail? What does one say to a perfect stranger whom one has cajoled into “grabbing coffee,” while also telepathically conveying one’s desire for a job?

Science has one piece of advice, which is this: Ask them for advice.

Read more here:

and also, read my post about honoring the ask

Get out there and ASK!!!  🙂

Networking, Social Media

using Versatile PhD for networking

Thought I would share with you some thoughts from Versatile PhD founder Paula Chambers
about using the site for netwokring as there are some very useful ideas here for thinking 
about networking generally! 

Did you know that Versatile PhD can be used for networking? Basic members
and institutional subscribers both have access to the searchable Members
directory containing some 63,000 VPhD members, the vast majority of whom
are either already in post-ac careers or might be headed that way.

>    Basic members: click on Members, then Basic Search and use whatever
>    keywords you think might yield the type of person you desire.
>    Institutional members: click on Members, then the Power Search button,
>    which lets you search by multiple criteria simultaneously. Fill in the
>    search terms you desire - for example, say you’re looking for life
>    scientists working in the private sector in your city - and you will get a
>    much shorter list of better-targeted results.

In either case, once you get your results, view each person’s VPhD profile
to see if they are really on target for what you want. Search LinkedIn for
the people who interest you the most, to learn even more. Maybe they link
to their LinkedIn profile in their VPhD profile.

Once you have your short list of people you definitely want to talk to, PM
them through the site! Yes, you can reach out to your fellow VPhD members
directly through VPhD! The PM feature allows you to contact a fellow member
even when you do not have access to them thru LinkedIn. Just say you are a
fellow member, and that right there gives you enough in common with them to
reach out. This is a great way to find people for informational interviews!

Relatedly - please update your profile and add your LinkedIn profile,
especially if your status has changed since first joining VPhD. This will
help other intrepid searchers find you and get an accurate sense of your
status from your profile. You might be wanted by someone!

Events, Networking, Professional Development

Join the Lx Beyond Academia SIG

Now is the time!!!

The “Linguistics Beyond Academia” SIG is planning many exciting events at the upcoming 2016 annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America.

Detailed program coming very soon, but over the course of the conference Jan 7-10th, we are organizing/helping to organize:a networking mixer, a salon, 2 career panels, and one-on-one professional mentoring for grad students.

Goals of the SIG:

  • Promoting the inclusion of linguists outside traditional academic and faculty career paths into the activities and programming organized by the Linguistic Society of America.
  • Providing networking opportunities for linguists beyond academia at LSA Annual Meetings and other events.
  • Facilitating mentoring and communication between linguists working across fields and current linguistics graduate students, undergraduate students, and recent graduates.
  • Partnering with industry linguists to increase graduate and undergraduate students’ awareness of career paths and opportunities across professional fields.
  • Working to increase linguistics faculty’s awareness of professional opportunities and the role of linguistic research in non-academic contexts.

Learn more about the SIG here:

Join the Facebook group here:

The SIG speaks to the needs of three parts of the linguistics community:

  • Professionals with linguistics training
  • Linguistics students (at the graduate and undergraduate levels)
  • Linguistics faculty


Audio and Video, Career Education, Career Paths for linguists, Networking, Professional Development

Virtual participcation in the Linguistics Beyond Academia kick-off event

On September 24th, 6-7:00 pm (EST), we will be hosting our kick-off event for the newly formed LSA Special Interest group, “Linguistics Beyond Academia”

We would like to invite those of you who are not in DC to join us virtually (through go-to-meeting) to hear about the professional paths of linguists who use their linguistics skills and training in linguistics in careers as researchers. You will also have the opportunity to participate in discussion and to learn more about the SIG and the work we do.

Linguists at all levels of training and all careers – undergraduates, graduate students, PhDs, postdocs, faculty at all levels, and professional linguists working in any field – are welcome. You do not need to be a member of the LSA or the SIG to attend. The event is open to both members of the SIG and those who are interested in learning more about this initiative.
The technology can only accommodate so many people, so please RSVP here:

The response has been overwhelming, so reserve your space now!!!

Anastasia Nylund and Anna Marie Trester (convenors of Linguistics Beyond Academia)
Find out more about the SIG on our website:


6:00-6:15 Welcome and introduction to the Special Interest Group

6:15-7:00 Panel: Research Careers for Linguists



Marissa Fond is a researcher at the FrameWorks Institute. An applied sociolinguist with training in discourse analysis, pragmatics, and conversation analysis, her past research has explored the practice of talking topically, or co-constructing an intersubjective orientation to talk in interaction. In particular, she has examined this interactional skill in the evaluation of discourse-pragmatic communication disorders that often result from acquired brain injury. Prior to joining FrameWorks, she worked as a research sociolinguist at the U.S. Census Bureau, conducting cross-linguistic sociocultural research on survey respondents’ understandings of various data collection materials and methods, the measurement of race and ethnicity, and functional equivalence in translation. She received her B.A. in linguistics and Spanish from Smith College and her M.S. and Ph.D. in linguistics from Georgetown University.

Mikelyn Meyers is a Research Sociolinguist in the Language and Cross-Cultural Research Group at the US Census Bureau.  She pretests non-English language surveys and materials to ensure that translations are linguistically and culturally appropriate.  Prior to joining the US Census Bureau, she worked for Abt SRBI as a Research Analyst overseeing data collection, sample management, and data analysis.  Mikelyn received her MS in Sociolinguistics from Georgetown University and her research interests include racial identity in immigrant families and the impact of English-language proficiency on pretesting results.

Jennifer Renn is a Senior Research Associate and the Chair of Institutional Review Board (IRB) at the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL). As a researcher, she facilitates and supports research activities across CAL by collaborating with teams to produce, review, and revise studies pertaining to language testing and applied linguistics projects. She also functions as a research expert internally to CAL by providing input on projects and responding to questions about research design and implementation and provides expertise in the writing of research documents, technical reports, and technical briefs summarizing research results. She serves as Chair of CAL’s IRB, and in this role has expertise in human subjects research involving minors and in data privacy and protection procedures. Prior to joining CAL, Dr. Renn worked as an Institute of Education Sciences Postdoctoral Fellow in Early Childhood Education at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During her time there, she worked on various projects investigating the relationship between language and dialect use and academic achievement outcomes in minority youth and contributed to grants for the National Science Foundation and the Institute of Education Sciences. Dr. Renn holds both a Master’s and a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.