I’m writing a book!

Actually, I’ve already written it. Bringing Linguistics To Work is a guide for linguists of all backgrounds looking to explore careers beyond academia. Whether you’re a recent undergrad, a graduate student, or someone already midway through their career, this book has been designed to help you use your linguistic experience to work through the career …

“how did you become an X?”

Stories about profession This weekend, I am reading one of my favorite researchers, Charlotte Linde, and a chapter that I had not known of before: “Explanatory Systems in Oral Life Stories” in Dorothy Holland and Naomi Quinn’s Edited volume Cultural Models in Language and Thought. This chapter explores life stories, and specifically the stories that …

Sounding “overrehearsed” – wisdom from storytelling

One irony in job searching is that we sometimes seem to get to the offer stage more easily when we do not actually want the job, while received wisdom is that the way to get a job is to share your enthusiasm for the opportunity.   So how to reconcile this? I want to suggest that …

Pocket Examples

Among the things you should have ready for the job search are: “Pocket examples;” these are little stories that exemplify how you work, how you think, and what you are passionate about. Here I will share some of my thoughts about how to find, polish and deliver them in a job searching context. I call them …

Charlotte Linde

Career Profile: Narrative & Organizational Memory The Career Profiles in Linguistics section regularly highlights career paths taken by linguists. If you would like to recommend someone (including yourself) for a future profile, please contact Career Linguist. Yesterday I had the distinct pleasure of meeting with Dr. Charlotte Linde, who works at NASA!  Specifically, she works at …

Po Bronson’s What Should I Do with My Life?

Despite the fact that he has been a bestselling author for more than a decade, I only recently came across the work of author Po Bronson for this research on narrative explorations of Career.   Insightful as his work is, I am actually really glad to have only stumbled across his work now, as having recently …

Ethnography, Narrative and the job search

Bring the energy and devotion that you bring to your classes to your job search! You have been trained to analyze cultures and to learn something about who they are by how they talk. In this same way that you are trained to look at cultures as ethnographers, look at the organization(s) to which you …