Events for DC-area folks who are interested in User Experience

The Washington DC chapter of UXPA is gearing up for a summer and fall filled with some great events of interest to those in and around the DC area. A few things upcoming include:

1. Workshop: Storytelling Research Results to Win Stakeholder Buy-In. Led by longtime UX researcher Stephanie Pratt, this workshop will give you a new set of tools for turning skeptical stakeholders into user-research converts. Session will be held in Arlington, VA, on May 29. Details here.
2. Conference: DCUX 2019 – Design for People, Places, and Things. Our signature event of the year, this conference will be held Nov. 8-9 at the Washington Marriott at Metro Center in downtown DC. Friday will focus on workshops, with Saturday dedicated to talks and panel discussions. Planning is still in the early stages, so if you’re interested in speaking, leading a workshop, volunteering, attending, or sponsoring, check out the conference website.
And there are more summer and fall workshops in the works as well — keep an eye on their Meetup page for details.

In career transition?

First off, to all of you who are graduating with your degree in linguistics:

You possess invaluable skills needed in every field. 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 continue to journey down your professional path, you will continue to learn more about how and where you are needed, stories from those who have journeyed before you can help!!

For those of you who have ling grads in your life who need to hear this message, Bringing Linguistics to Work is a book-length exploration of these ideas – now available as an audiobook!!

For those of you actively navigating/contemplating a transition now:

  • Career Camp – Fridays in June a 5-week series of activities to get folks finding, listening to, and telling the kinds of stories that will get them hired! Career Camp costs $250, and available at a 40% reduction for LSA members.  Interested in learning more? Attend an info session Fridays in May.

For those who have been navigating career for a while, and are looking to plug back in to a community of linguists for support and continuing professional development:

  • The CL Mighty Network– think about it as a virtual co-working space for (and with) linguists. We discuss whatever challenges we are facing related to bringing linguistics to work. It is free to try out for the first month, and only $15 a month after that (designed to be easily affordable for a career transitioning budget).

job: Language Engineer, Amazon AI (NYC)

https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/view/analytical-linguist-natural-language-understanding-nlu-amazon-ai-at-amazon-836037326/

Description

Language Engineer, Amazon AI

Come and be part of the Amazon Artificial Intelligence (AI) team! Amazon Web Services is building speech and language solutions to serve the needs of customers around the world. We’re working hard, having fun, and making history — come join us!

The AWS Artificial Intelligence team is looking for a Language Engineer to join our science and data engineering team in the area of speech and Natural Language Understanding (NLU). We are seeking a candidate with strong analytical skills and language technology experience to help us measure, analyze and solve complex problems. In this role, you will support a range of data collection and annotation efforts, monitor accuracy, velocity and throughput, and be a key member in new feature development.

Core Responsibilities

  • Provide day-to-day coordination of data collection and annotation efforts, including planning, scheduling, and reporting
  • Measure and analyze accuracy, quality and throughput of annotated data
  • Contribute to the design of new data collection methods and new annotation schemas to cover new areas and languages
  • Write grammars and build FSTs
  • Collaborate with scientists and engineers on data collection and feature design efforts
  • Handle competing requests from a range of data customers

Basic Qualifications

  • Master’s or higher degree in Linguistics or a related field
  • 4+ years of experience in computational linguistics, language data processing, psycholinguistics, semantics, or syntax
  • Experience with language annotation and other forms of data markup
  • Experience working with speech and text language data in multiple languages
  • Fluency in a major European language, such as Spanish
  • Experience with database queries (SQL) and data analysis scripting languages (R, Python, etc.), and using Unix shell scripts in the command line

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in a Linguistics or related area
  • Experience with statistical methods and strong analytical skills
  • Excellent communication, strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Practical knowledge of version control and agile development
  • Comfortable working in a fast paced, highly collaborative, dynamic work environment
  • Willingness to support several projects at one time, and to accept reprioritization as necessary
  • Experience in writing grammars and building FSTs

Amazon.com is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran / Gender Identity / Sexual Orientation.

Networking HH for Career Linguists in the East Bay (Oakland, CA)

In partnership with the Linguistic Society of America Special Interest Group for Linguists Beyond Academia, you are invited to:

A professional get-together for career linguists
Tuesday, May 7th 6pm

Lost & Found Beer Garden

2040 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612

(510) 763-2040

In a spirit of generosity, curiosity, and with the understanding that our networks are our greatest professional assets, come on out to mix and mingle with other Bay Area Career Linguists.

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Whether you’re currently using your linguistics training in an applied or professional setting, or want to learn more about doing just that, this group is for those who want to connect and build our professional community!


People will be on hand to talk about jobs!

We will be joined by a recruiter from CSpace – an organization that has hired linguists – and one of the linguists they have hired. Ask him about his experience in bringing linguistics to the work of consumer insights.

An employee from NoRedInk, who are currently hiring a curriculm designer will be there to talk about what its like to bring her teaching experience to the work of online education!


Feel free to share this announcement with any linguist friends, very much looking forward to meeting up 🙂

 

Career Camp Reunion(s)

We had so much fun with all of the Spring Career Campers this time around, thought it fire-01would be fun to have a reunion where anyone who has participated in Career Camp over the years could pop in, say hi, let us know what they are up to these days and hear what everyone else is doing!

 

Attend one, or attend both:

Scheduled to be friendly for a variety of time zones,

since you career campers are all over the world!!!

Friday, April 12th at 2pm pdt / 5pm edt

Wednesday, May 1st 8am pdt / 11am edt

all sessions will take place on zoom here: https://zoom.us/j/5272755568


Feeling FOMO? You too can be a happy camper –

the summer 2019 edition of Career Camp starts on May 31st

Internship @ the Linguistic Society of America (Washington DC)

Linguistic Society of AmericaThe Linguistic Society of America (LSA) is seeking applications for the position of Student Intern at its national office in Washington, DC for the Summer 2019 semester (June – August*). This is a great opportunity to learn more about the field of linguistics, the professional needs of LSA members, and the LSA’s broader agenda to advance the scientific study of language. This internship also provides exposure to the workings of a small non-profit organization based in the nation’s capital.

Interns will gain experience with writing, research, database management, social science policy, and a variety of administrative tasks. Please see the position description below for additional details. The position is open to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in programs leading to a degree in linguistics or a related field.

Funding is available to support one part-time position at 32 hours per week, with a $7000 stipend. In order to receive a stipend, applicants must be U.S. citizens or foreign nationals with the appropriate work visa.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three academic/professional references to: lsa@lsadc.org, subject line: “LSA Internship Application.” The deadline for full consideration is April 7, 2019.

Position Description

Assist the LSA Secretariat with the following projects:

1) managing its social media accounts

2) website content management and development

3) research and information gathering on a variety of topics (not scholarly in nature)

4) database management

5) representation at meetings and conferences in the DC metro area

6) preparing summaries and analysis of reports and other materials

7) assisting with clerical support

8) develop and execute one long-term project of particular interest to the incumbent

* Precise start and end dates are flexible, depending on the applicant’s academic schedule, but the duration of the internship should be no less than 12 weeks.

Should I stay or should I go? Either way, community is key

cover image - should I stayLots that’s great about this book, not least of which that it was written at the same writer’s retreat that I attend (and that included among the list of possible careers is “writing retreat host in rural, VA!”). I really love that the book is designed to be read over five lunch hours – a perfect length for a professionally-oriented piece.  She even stops the flow of the book to exhort the reader to eat (mindfully), since this is a after all a lunch break!!

 

While I have to confess that at times the style and tone of the book are a bit off-putting, I do simply adore the Stay or Go? Conceit, because it entails an aspect of agency in job-crafting that is seldom discussed in career conversations.

 

As with the popular Love it or List It style of home makeover show, the idea here is that you have choices when it comes to your career: You can either invest in renovating your job, bringing it up to date and aligning it with your current abilities, needs, and expectations, or you can start the process of looking for another one. The author did both over the course of writing this book, so she knows what she is talking about when she says “yes-and!  and both!!!” in response to her own question.

 

To stay

As discussed in this Harvard Business Review article by Amy Wrzesniewski, Justin M. Berg, and Jane E. Dutton, a growing body of research suggests that an exercise called “job crafting” can be a powerful tool for reenergizing and reimagining your work life.

[job crafting] involves redefining your job to incorporate your motives, strengths, and passions. The exercise prompts you to visualize the job, map its elements, and reorganize them to better suit you.

The practice involves looking closely at the tasks performed, the nature or extent of your interactions with other people, and reframing part or whole – and this can happen in stages: maybe starting with reframing just for yourself,  and then eventually with your colleagues, in conversation with your employer.

 

This jobcrafting exercise may be a particularly important one for linguists on the job because often – and especially when we work with managers who are not linguists, which is typical – there could be more of a linguistic lens that we would want to bring to our work.   But is is only after you have been on the job a while and have earned the trust and respect of your colleagues and team, that you can start to find whether there is room to push for changes, such as adding a research component, a newsletter or blog series, or active mentoring. All of these are things that I have asked for in the course of my own jobcrafting, as they are things that help me bring more linguistics into the work that I do.

 

Ideally, you are working with a supervisor who will allow you scale back on other aspects of the job that are less suited to your strengths as you add others which are, but jobcrafting is a process, the course of which does not always run smooth. There may be an initial period in which you have more on your plate, until a way can be found to help you have less, but usually, adding in things that make you happier is worth the (hopefully temporary) discomfort.

 

…..or not to stay

But/and when and if it isn’t, or if you have an employer who isn’t interested in helping you find more satisfaction in your work, well, then maybe it is time to think about what you want to try next!!

 

Here at the Career Linguist blog you can find many resources for tackling this side of things, including:

 

Community is Key

Whether you are staying or going, your community are your best resource as you navigate this process of career orienteering. If you would like to experience the support of a community of career linguists, come on over to check out our mighty group over on the CL Mighty Network. People come to this community in career transition and to get support with emergent job crafting. It’s a both-and kinda place!  If you aren’t sure where to start, join us for a work session to get a sense for how we work together (and we do literally work together during these sessions, so come with a task to work on!!)

job: Analytical Linguist, Natural Language Understanding (NLU) – Amazon AI

Come and be part of the Amazon Artificial Intelligence (AI) team! Amazon Web Services is building speech and language solutions to serve the needs of customers around the world. We’re working hard, having fun, and making history — come join us!

The AWS Artificial Intelligence team is looking for a Language Engineer to join our science and data engineering team in the area of speech and Natural Language Understanding (NLU). We are seeking a candidate with strong analytical skills and language technology experience to help us measure, analyze and solve complex problems. In this role, you will support a range of data collection and annotation efforts, monitor accuracy, velocity and throughput, and be a key member in new feature development.

Core Responsibilities

  • Provide day-to-day coordination of data collection and annotation efforts, including planning, scheduling, and reporting
  • Measure and analyze accuracy, quality and throughput of annotated data
  • Contribute to the design of new data collection methods and new annotation schemas to cover new areas and languages
  • Write grammars and build FSTs
  • Collaborate with scientists and engineers on data collection and feature design efforts
  • Handle competing requests from a range of data customers

Basic Qualifications

  • Master’s or higher degree in Linguistics or a related field
  • 4+ years of experience in computational linguistics, language data processing, psycholinguistics, semantics, or syntax
  • Experience with language annotation and other forms of data markup
  • Experience working with speech and text language data in multiple languages
  • Fluency in a major European language, such as Spanish
  • Experience with database queries (SQL) and data analysis scripting languages (R, Python, etc.), and using Unix shell scripts in the command line

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in a Linguistics or related area
  • Experience with statistical methods and strong analytical skills
  • Excellent communication, strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Practical knowledge of version control and agile development
  • Comfortable working in a fast paced, highly collaborative, dynamic work environment
  • Willingness to support several projects at one time, and to accept reprioritization as necessary
  • Experience in writing grammars and building FSTs

Amazon.com is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran / Gender Identity / Sexual Orientation.

Company – Amazon.com Services, Inc.
Job ID: A701157

Industry

  • Computer Software
  • Information Technology & Services
  • Internet

Employment Type

Full-time

Job Functions

  • Project Management
  • Information Technology
  • Product Management

job: Research Consultant Intern @ Stripe (UK)

Research Consultant Intern

Applications close 11 March 2019

It’s a great time to be a social scientist and a Stripe Partners (paid) internship is designed to allow you see what you can do in business with your academic training.

We have an opening for an intern to join us for 3 month full time. This is an opportunity to secure experience with a consultancy with blue chip clients doing work globally. If it works out we would look to make this a full time graduate position.

Please apply by emailing antonia.hughes@stripepartners.com – with your CV. Please let us know about relevant experience and why you’re interested. Tell us about your career ambition, what you want from an internship with us and what you’ll bring to the table.

We are looking for

A final year student or recent graduate with outstanding grades with a hunger to apply their academic knowledge and curiosity to complex business challenges.

Someone who is isn’t afraid to say “I don’t know” but wants to learn on the job with experienced colleagues.

A storyteller with an eye for identifying and explaining the important detail from a mass of unstructured data.

Languages are a bonus. We work globally.

What you will do

Work across engagements from planning to completion with plenty of opportunities to undertake ethnographic fieldwork in the UK and beyond.

Collaborate with leading ethnographic
researchers and strategists on tough engagements for major, international clients.

Improve your understanding of how to translate ethnographic fieldwork into insights, ideas and recommendations that have an impact (and aren’t just ‘interesting’).

Learn how to improve your communication, presentation and writing skills.

Career Camp starts March 1st!!

Career Camp is starting soon: A chance to work through Bringing Linguistics to Work in community!

Career Camp is designed to help linguists bring language and communication skills to thinking about career. Together, we will find, refine, and practice stories that can be used in the texts and interactions which comprise jobsearching.

career camp flyer – spring 2019Screenshot 2017-07-01 08.41.25Note: you need not be a linguist to participate, but you do need to be someone who is curious about language and its ability to do things like construct identity and meaning in interaction. Career Camp has been designed by Anna Marie Trester, Career Linguist, author of Bringing Linguistics to Work.

Learn more here

Sign up here

Fridays this March:

  • 3/1 Orientation – why are you here?
  • 3/ 8 2nd week – story approach to career
  • 3/15 3rd week – story listening
  • 3/22 4th week – story finding
  • 3/29 5th week – story telling

LSA members get a discount!! Contact Career Linguist to learn more!!