To all the Linguistics graduates

To all of the linguistic grads out there: When you graduate with a degree in linguistics, you possess invaluable skills needed in every field. These include that language is central.  Your awareness of how language works will be essential to HOW you will do what you do in this world. Trust this training. As you …

The business of language podcast

Am thrilled to have recenlty become aware of Tammy Bjelland’s Business of Language blog and podcast.  A self-identified “linguapreneur” Tammy has created these resources to be a space “where business ideas and love of language come together.”  She shares advice, experiences, and training with language professionals One recent post “where to find language jobs” is …

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 …

Finding meaning in work

This morning I was reading Amy Wrzesniewski, a Professor of Organizational behavior at Yale School of Management, whose research is focused on how people construct meaning of their work. She looks especially at contexts where this work is challenging to describe, or difficult to see (i.e. virtual work). I think this is apt for those …

Beyond the Professoriate 2015

2015 Conference Update, 17 March: The conference program is here! The second annual Beyond the Professoriate online conference is happening on 2 and 9 May 2015, 11:00am-6:00pm (or so) EDT. Spread the word!Registration is now open. Download the program. (Scroll down to see it.)  Beyond the Professoriate: A Virtual Conference for PhDs in Career Transition Hosted by Maren Wood …

“Linguists In Industry” panel at the LSA

Our Annual Meeting panel on “Linguists In Industry”, featuring linguists from Google, Microsoft and other leading companies, has been posted online. LSA members (login required) can watch the panel at http://www.linguisticsociety.org/content/linguists-industry-full-video. The five linguists on the panel spoke about their work, gave advice to students pursuing careers in industry, and answered questions from the audience: …

Job profiles on All Things Linguistic

Gretchen McCulloch maintains a job series on her blog All Things Linguistic Thought I would share some of her excellent and detailed interviews as they really fill out the picture about jobs that you might think that you already know a great deal about. The key, as we often explore on Career Linguist is to start …

Throwback Thursday – honoring the ask

I just returned from a tremendously inspirational LSA conference, in which I had occasion to reflect on the ways that conferences are structured contexts for asking things. This Throwback Thursday reflects back on a blog post I wrote after I gave a workshop at Gallaudet where we focused on the idea of honoring the ask (read …

Recognizing the career path you are already on

In speaking with students, I sometimes hear things like “I just need to figure out which path to take!” and we do often hear the metaphor of the path invoked to structure our thinking about the “career journey,” and career exploration. …and I think that the metaphor of the path is really useful in conceptualizing …

LSA 2015 Career Exploration Expo

LSA 2015 Career Exploration Expo Saturday, January 10th, 3:30-5pm at the Linguistics Society of America Annual Meeting! Interested in finding out more about the varied career options available for linguists? The Career Exploration Expo is a focused networking event, a space for attendees to meet linguists working across a range of professional fields, get to …