Career Events at the upcoming LSA meeting

Wanted to draw your attention to a bunch of professionally-oriented events at the Linguistic Society of America’s annual conference, being held in Portland, OR from Jan. 8-11. Linguist Salon: Friday from 6:00 to 7:00. Panel: Linguists in Industry: Friday 8:30 – 10:00 PM. Organized by John Rickford, on behalf of the LSA executive committee. Career Exploration …

What skills are cultivated by studying Linguistics?

An  oldie but a goodie for the hazy days of summer!!! In applying for jobs, it is all about skills. Creating the job that you want means recognizing the skills that you possess and figuring out ways to use them in contexts that make you happy. Getting the job that you want will be all …

“The dream job” vs. “what would you do if you could do anything?”

In seven years of working with professionally-oriented MA students, I have yet to encounter one who could not answer the question “what would you do if you could do anything?” Of course, the answer is often followed by a litany of qualifications: “well, but I really couldn’t move away from my family” or, “I couldn’t …

The connection between luck and mistakes

Recently, I have been thinking about the connection between luck and mistakes – or approaching the question another way: how something that went right could have so very easily (and probably was much more likely to have) gone wrong.  But they spring from the same source! Mapping out this connection started last week when I …

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 …

Honoring the ask

Last week, I had the tremendous pleasure of talking with students about career exploration at the Gallaudet Linguistics Department. Our conversation focused on honoring “the ask.” “ask” in ASL (from ASL University)  If career exploration is predicated on networking (as I argue that it is), professional opportunities will occur as the result of asking and …