Navigating a career pivot – 5 ideas

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I’ve been hearing from lots of folks lately who are navigating career transitions, so I thought I would share five ideas for engaging transition along with a process for continuing the “orienteering” process as you move forward. 

I’ll post one idea each week to parallel the five weeks of Career Camp, which is kicking off this week (not too late to join us BTW – if you are interested Contact Career Linguist).

  1. Be Where You are (with curiosity)

Whether you are moving from Academia to “beyond” or just leaving a job that is familiar for one that is less so, you are moving from a system that you know quite well into one that is less familiar. Increasingly true of today’s world of work is that knowledge about opportunities are distributed, which simply means that this will be a research project. The first order of business will be to learn everything that you can!

LinkedIn is an invaluable resource – think of it as the world’s largest repository of information about work.  Start with any ideas that come to you – anything that has always interested you, something you know that you are passionate about or are just the slightest bit curious and might want to learn a little more about.

Free associate. And then free associate on your associations. Build out by identifying people and organizations and jobs (ideally actual job ads for positions that are actually open). Be a linguist for yourself by immersing yourself in the language of jobs that speak to you (i.e. in ads, or by looking at how people describe their work on LinkedIn). Pay attention to how the organizations you are drawn to talk about the work that they do (on their website, in the press, etc.). Note down key words and phrases, knowledge skills and abilities that seem to be valued, ways of describing expertise, values and cherished ideals that are held up, all of this information is of use to you in your process of discernment and in the job search, and eventually on the job itself.

Some more sources of information and inspiration: I feature stories of linguists in my Career Paths of Linguists and ideas for places to work on my 50 Linguist-Friendly Organizations list (these are places that have hired linguists in the past). I am also amassing a Worlds of Work (WoW) series – these hopefully will eventually be a “grab and go” for a linguist wanting to plug into particular fields. I have done 4 so far (the non-profit world, applied research, applied storytelling  and user experience).

see step #2 – Pick one

….and here’s to what’s next!

Editorial jobs @ Oxford University Press

They are hiring for 6 editorial assistant positions and 2 editorial interns

Job Details – Editorial Assistant


Oxford University Press

At Oxford University Press we have a clear mission which informs everything we do—to create the highest quality academic and educational resources and services and to make them available across the world. It is our mission to further the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. We share the University’s uncompromising standards and belief in the transformative power of education to inspire progress and realize human potential.

The Press is rapidly shifting to digital publishing in all areas, increasing accessibility to our products and services, and improve educational and research outcomes.

Jump-Start Your Career in Academic and Educational Publishing

As an Editorial Assistant, you’ll apply and develop your organizational, interpersonal, creative thinking, and leadership skills from day one. Every day is different, but here is a sample of what you can experience and accomplish:

  • Support Acquisitions Editors in all activities leading to the launch of high quality products, including providing administrative support to editorial staff, helping to evaluate proposals, communicating directly with authors and other content creators, project management, overseeing tasks such as administering external review panels, the creation of digital assets,  and preparation of manuscripts for transmittal to content operations. 
  • Working collaboratively with cross functional colleagues, including maintaining information flow between Editorial and all other departments across The Press, such as Sales, Marketing, Content Operations, and Manufacturing
  • Provide input on all aspects of the publishing process, including acquisition, development, design, and marketing. Help with the development and use of our digital products, including ensuring that content is suitable for digital use and/or gaining internal certification in digital products such as Oxford Learning Cloud and Oxford Insight, to enable customer facing demonstrations of these products and to inform the thought process around digital asset creation and placement.
  • Serve as liaison to authors including coaching authors on procedures, house style, and content delivery preparations and maintaining the relationship between authors and OUP

Essential Criteria:

  • The ideal candidate is self-motivated, proactive, detail-oriented, receptive to feedback and learns quickly
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills
  • Ability to work consistently within established timelines
  • Prior office experience or related internship preferred
  • A strong communicator with the ability to balance a variety of responsibilities
  • Excellent demonstrated written, proofreading and research skills
  • Proficient using word processing and spreadsheet applications
  • Ability to work efficiently and effectively in a virtual environment.  Position can be located in either Cary NC, New York or Sunderland MA.

Please note that if you are applying to one of the Editorial Assistant openings, you do not need to apply to all of them to be considered.   EDITO03607, EDITO03608, EDITO03604, EDITO03605, EDITO03603, EDITO03606  

GJC Level:   S2 (for internal purposes only)

We are committed to supporting diversity in our workforce and ensuring an inclusive environment where all individuals can thrive. We seek to employ a workforce representative of the markets that we serve and encourage applications from all.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

Career Camp Fall 2020

Sign up here (40% discount for LSA members)

Want to hear more? We recently had a discussion about Linguists’ Superpowers with Career Campers as part of the Employing Linguistics webinar series.

Read Testimonials from former Campers

Still have questions? Contact Career Linguist

or bring them to the orientation:
Friday, Sept 4th @ 2pm PDT / 5pm EDT
First week ‘s campfire – Friday Sept 11th

here’s to what’s next!

job: Research Associate – Over Zero

Logo of Over Zero

Organization: Over Zero (Project of Hopewell Fund)

Position: Research Assistant/Associate

Location: Remote

Status: Non-exempt; Full Time

Reports to: Director of Research and Field Advancement

Duration: This is a one-year position with the possibility of extension

Position Summary

About Over Zero: Over Zero, a project of the Hopewell Fund, was founded to reduce, prevent, and create long-term societal resilience to identity-based violence and other forms o group-targeted harm. We specifically focus on the role of communication in either fueling or counteracting this type of violence. Our work involves equipping leaders from different sectors with tools for violence prevention and response and conducting and translating relevant research (for example, on sacralization of values, on the impact of COVID-19 on hateful and dangerous speech, and on promising and effective approaches to counteracting online hate speech). Throughout our work, we collaborate with a range of academics, researchers, and practitioners globally.

Over Zero is seeking a Research Assistant or Associate to join its team. This is an exciting position for someone who is passionate about research and social impact.

The Research Associate will support Over Zero in conducting:

  • Survey design and analysis: Coordinating input from researchers for survey development, researching and compiling survey measures, and coding, analyzing and writing up results for survey data;
  • Evaluations: Collecting and organizing evaluation data from our practitioner partners;
  • Literature reviews: Reviewing and compiling relevant research literature and findings.

If you are highly organized, pay close attention to detail, enjoy engaging in a range of quantitative and qualitative research projects, this may be the perfect position for you!

Essential Responsibilities and Tasks:

  • Conduct literature reviews as needed, write up research results or propose measures useful to our work;
  • Help draft or edit survey questionnaires in Qualtrics
  • Survey data management, including cleaning and organizing data (Excel)
  • Preliminary statistical analysis: descriptive statistics, summary tables (Stata, Excel, or other)
  • Organize, manage, and communicate around partner evaluation questionnaires and data
  • Help draft or edit written reports or documents
  • Citation management (EndNote)
  • Provide other support as needed


We are looking for a self-motivated individual who is passionate about building resilience to division and violence in the U.S., skilled at managing timelines, and detail-oriented. The ideal candidate for this position will be a recent B.A./B.S. graduate with some research experience, or an M.A. graduate with prior interest or work on these issues.

Minimum qualifications:

  • B.A. or B.S. in social science
  • Previous experience assisting with research projects, particularly around relevant topics (intergroup conflict and cooperation, marginalized groups, election violence or violence prevention, etc.)

Minimum competencies:

  • Highly organized
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Flexible and adaptive to manage shifting priorities and deliver results
  • Proactive approach to solving problems
  • Strong communication skills, both within-team (around project status, deadlines, etc.) and outside the team (with partners)
  • Previous experience with Excel and PowerPoint
  • Interest in using/learning EndNote, Qualtrics, and Stata or another statistical software

Preferred qualifications:

  • Master’s degree
  • Previous experience with EndNote, Qualtrics, and Stata or another statistical software

Hopewell Fund Careers

Over Zero is a project of the Hopewell Fund, a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programs. The Hopewell Fund is committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and enables each of us to realize our potential. The Hopewell Fund’s work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which you are working.

Salary: Salary starts at $50,000; negotiable based on experience. An excellent benefits package is included.

Application Instructions: Please send a cover letter and CV to jobs@projectoverzero.orgRead lessReport this listing

Details at a glance

Remote PossibleFull Time ScheduleContract

  • 4-Year Degree Required


Excellent benefit package is included


Washington, DC

How to Apply


Please send a cover letter and CV to using the subject line “Research Associate Application”

job: program officer at ACLS

ACLS Mission and Overview 

Formed a century ago, the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is a nonprofit federation of 75 scholarly organizations.  As the leading representative of American scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences, ACLS holds a core belief that knowledge is a public good. As such, ACLS strives to promote the circulation of humanistic knowledge throughout society. In addition to stewarding and representing its member organizations, ACLS employs its $146 million endowment and $38 million annual operating budget to support scholarship in the humanities and social sciences and to advocate for its central role in the twenty-first century.

This year, ACLS issued its first-ever strategic plan, which outlines four strategic priorities: encouraging scholars and scholarship to be responsive to diverse audiences; strengthening relationships among our core constituencies within the academy and our partners beyond the academy; lifting the public profile of humanistic knowledge; and empowering staff and partners to work responsibly and inclusively.

Overview of Department

The US Programs team runs an evolving set of programs that respond to issues in scholarship and higher education by supporting humanities scholars at different career stages and at a variety of higher education institutions. In the most recent competition year, ACLS drew on the expertise of over 600 peer reviewers to make awards totaling $25 million to nearly 400 scholars. The team prizes collaboration, flexibility, creativity, and problem-solving, and we seek colleagues who will join us in our efforts to improve our programs and processes so that they are more accessible, equitable, responsive, and effective.

Job Summary

In the Office of US Programs, program officers manage the design, implementation, and administration of programs that offer support to scholars nationally and internationally, working both inside and beyond the academy. They maintain and enhance our peer-review processes, uphold standards of inclusive excellence, and present the results of fellowship programs and supported research to foundation funders, ACLS’s constituencies, and the wider public.

The program officer will work closely with members of the US Programs team and other staff across the organization on a variety of activities that enhance ACLS’s ability to serve our community and advance scholarship in new directions. We welcome applications from individuals who will bring new backgrounds, perspectives, and types of professional and personal experience to our team.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • helping administer and improve all aspects of the annual fellowship and grant application and selection processes
  • developing new programs that respond to the needs of scholars from diverse backgrounds and institutions
  • recruiting peer reviewers and facilitating the deliberations of selection committees
  • updating ACLS’s web-based portals for applicants, fellows, and reviewers, with an eye toward both data integrity, access, and user experience
  • convening scholars and higher education leaders around issues of shared concern in the humanities
  • organizing program-related events for fellows, peer reviewers, and ACLS stakeholders
  • conducting quantitative and qualitative research that assists in the analysis and refinement of existing programs
  • compiling and analyzing data, and drafting reports to funders and the board
  • creating content for ACLS communications and presenting that material to a variety of constituencies
  • coordinating activities with other ACLS departments as necessary, including international programs, communications, philanthropy, and finance

Required qualifications:

  • PhD in humanities or social science discipline
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, with a keen ability to adapt communication style to different audiences
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize long-term projects and short-term assignments in a deadline-driven environment
  • Facility both for working collaboratively with a team and for working independently
  • Analytical and creative problem-solving capacity
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a track record of working effectively on a team
  • Ability to take initiative and respond flexibly to evolving circumstances
  • Proficiency in MS Office, particularly Word and Excel
  • Must be willing and able to travel to multi-day events within the United States a few times per year, and to attend and/or staff infrequent after-hour and weekend events (after the public health crisis has abated)

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience supervising team members
  • Familiarity with contact management databases

Anticipated start date of position is Fall 2020. ACLS staff are currently working remotely through December 2020. New colleagues will be onboarded remotely.

ACLS is committed to creating an inclusive environment for our employees and embedding attention to equity and inclusion in all our practices. We welcome applications from all individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives, without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, parental status, or military service.

Insights from the August webinar series: be a linguist for yourself

For the month of August, Career Linguist has been offering a series of webinars, Employing Linguistics, about linguistics and career. Employing Linguistics is also the name of Anna Marie Trester’s new book which will be published in 2021.

Linguists and linguistics students are often asked “What can I/you do with a linguistics degree?” The answer is so often limited to things like speech language pathology and second language instruction – worthy pursuits to be sure, but there are so many more options. The following are some highlights from the second webinar titled “BRIGHTENing Your Career Outlook”. 

BRIGHTEN represents seven worlds of work: Business, Research, Innovation and Impact, Government, Healthcare Communications, Technology, Education, and Nonprofits.  Commonly jobs touch on one, two, three, or four of these, so jobs don’t fit perfectly into these buckets, they’re a starting place, a way to broaden your thinking and to take an outlook of abundance, to remind yourself that there’re lots of things you can do with your training skills, training, and interests in linguistics. Participating in the webinar we had three people with amazing stories to share and who just to embody that: Katie Nelson, who works in language, culture, identity, and education; Anthony Koth, who works in taxonomy at Indeed; and Alex Johnston who teaches at and directs the Masters of Linguistics and Communication at Georgetown University.

One participant asked a question in the chat that so many linguists have encountered:

Non-linguists have quite varied and yet particular ideas about what a linguist is and does. Have you had issues with this creating barriers and communicating with industries employing linguists? Have we? Raise your hands. I mean, that’s yes!

Each of the panelists raised their hands in response to this and Alex provided the following answer drawing on our skills as linguists:

This is the difficulty. Everybody has a different definition of “linguist” and “linguistics.” So we have to find out from our audience, the people that we’re talking to, what’s their assumption and how can we meet that. How can we use words that speak to them? So there are very few times I use the word linguist. For example, if I were in a government agency, and I talked about myself as a linguist, I would be heard as someone who has expertise in a world language other than English. That’s a very, very, very narrow definition of the word. So to the government, federal agencies, and military, a linguist is a person who knows another language other than English. If I go again to a corporate training office or work with corporate clients, I don’t tend to say linguist very often. I tend to say communication and then describe what I mean. So it’s never obfuscating the meaning, it’s just trying to meet your audience where they are, and use words that have meaning to them.

In summary, we can use our abilities as linguists to engage our audiences and explain our skillsets using the vocabulary and language that they themselves use.  This demonstrates that we know how to apply our knowledge to that domain.

For the whole transcript click here.

For the recording, head on over to Career Linguist’s channel on YouTube.

The fourth and final webinar will be “A Story Approach to Career” on Friday August 28th at 2:00PM PDT / 5:00 PM EDT.  Click here to register.

Last in the Aug Fri webinar series

With the book, Employing Linguistics, one big goal was to make space for stories, and different kinds of stories: stories that we don’t traditionally hear. Because stories DO things, like expand our sense of what’s possible. And stories are both formative and transformative. Just as we can make choices as we construct story content and focus so too do we have choices about our career.

So I also wanted to disrupt story form, and their temporal structure (present, past, future) to see how this can transform how we envision what’s possible.

In this week’s webinar – the last of the August series – we will discuss some of the WHYs of this storytelling strategy, with invited guest Dr. Criscillia Benford, an expert in story listening. We will explore how story listening helps us network by finding connection, actively building empathy, trust, and understanding. The practice of story listening not only helps us learn more about ourselves and what we are interested in, but it helps us find the people who need what we have to offer and those who will support us in building community.

Register in advance for this webinar:

job oppy: Resource-Mobilization Strategy preparation

2019 - International Year of Indigenous Language Team

We are hiring! Vacancy for Individual Specialist, preparation of the Resource-Mobilization Strategy for the IDIL 2022-2032

In the framework of the upcoming International Decade of Indigenous Languages between 2022 and 2032, UNESCO is looking for an Individual Specialist for the preparation of the Resource Mobilization Strategy for the IDIL 2022-2032.

Parent Sector : Communication and Information Sector (CI) Duty Station: Paris Job Family: Communication and Information Type of contract : Non Staff Duration of contract : From 1 to 6 months Recruitment open to : External candidates Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 08-SEP-2020 The selected Individual Specialist/Organization will be responsible for contributing to the preparation of a Resource Mobilization Strategy (of at least 35 pages,320 words per page, written in English at mother tongue level, in a style corresponding to the primary target audience made of policy and decision makers, donors, foundations, and other public and private organizations). More specifically, the Resource Mobilization Strategy should be prepared following the approved UNESCO Resource Mobilization Guidebook and the UNESCO Comprehensive Partnership Strategy.

More detailed information is outlined in the vacancy 

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