WoW Series

WoW (World of Work) Series

The Wow  Series is a resource for jobseekers interested in learning more about a particular industry or sector, along with some sources of insight into the culture of this world.

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World of Work (WoW): User Experience

I took course as a professional development opportunity to learn about User Experience (UX) on LinkedIn: This course explores the three worlds of work in UX: Design, Research, and Strategy.  The course explores such roles and responsibilities involved in this work as Interaction design, Information Architecture, Visual design, Information design, Technical Communication, Service design, Evaluation, User Research, Accessibility, Human Factors and Ergonomics, UX strategy, Content strategy, and Customer experience (CX).



For more resources, check out:
UX Careers Handbook
The Usability People


Hear from linguists who do UX work by looking at the Career Profiles section right here on career linguist, featuring profiles of different people who work in UX. You can also check out SuperLinguo’s interview with UX researcher Abby Bajuniemi. You can also read Nancy’s blog and check out the book Handbook of Usability Testing: How to Plan, Design, and Conduct Effective Tests, 2nd Edition and associated web resources created by Nancy’s colleague Dana Chisnell at:


Wanna Get Inspired? 

Watch Ideo’s David Kelly give a TED talk about human centered design


Find jobs in UX on these boards:

UX jobs board
UX jobs 24/7
UX switch


Get invovled!

Look for the hashtag #UX on Twitter
Attend a conference or event
Read more about the state of the field on UX Design.CC 

I am actively researching this (and other) worlds of work!  If you have experiences and stories to share, I am all ears!  Find us on instagram @careerlinguist or fill out my Contact Form.


Worlds of Work (WoW): Research

Many linguists have found meaningful employment in research.  Some who have been profiled on Career Linguistic the Resources section for Career Profiles include Nancy Frishberg who works in user experience, as do Tamara Hale, and Casey Songin-Smith; Julie Solomon who does program evaluation; and Linda Lombardi, who does research and writing. So there are many places where linguists can do research.


There are also many ways that linguists can work in an organization that focuses on research.  For example, I work for a research firm, the FrameWorks Institute, but those of us who work there do very different things. While some of my colleagues spend their days conducting interviews, organizing and analyzing data so that findings may be reported out in a variety of channels: written reports, briefs, or orally in presentations, I spend most of my time in instructional and curriculum design.  We also hire writers, editors, graphic designers, web designers, videographers, animators, project managers.  All of us spend time supporting new business development.  Many of us spend a great deal of time and energy in client relationship management, or in coaching our clients about the best ways to implement our communications recommendations.  We create communications toolkits, as part of which one might be called upon to write texts ranging in length and impact from a tweet to an op-ed or legislative testimony.


Some organizations of Interest who have hired linguists:

Harder and Co.
Fors Marsh
Cultural Logic
National Endowment for the Humanities


Some research blogs to follow:

Research to action

Qualitative Research blogs

The art of conversation


Some places to do research about careers in research: 

15 minutes to develop your research career – A new podcast from Vitae

A great post on job options for researchers from jobsontoast

Worlds of Work (WoW): Non-profit will hands-down be your best source of information.  They are best known as a job posting site, but they also convene events, and feature great (including multi-media) resources about.

Non-profit with Balls is a great place to get a sense for the culture of the non-profit world, including (as you may have guessed from its name – the lighter side) written by the Executive Director (ED) of a Seattle-based non-profit. To plug into the network of state Associations and Nonprofit Allies, check out the The National Council of Non-profits.


Some publications to add to your “must read” list: 

  • The Chronicle of Philanthropy the first stop for the latest news about the nonprofit world.
  • The Non-profit Quarterly NPQ a good place to turn for the in-depth discussion of critical issues facing the nonprofit community.
  • The Stanford Social Innovation Review produced by the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at Stanford University covers a broad range of nonprofit issues from a global perspective.
  • If you live near Kansas City (and even if you don’t) NP Connect (Non-profit Connect) is an excellent resource for professional development events.  Their resource link is a great place to find answers to your nonprofit questions.  Use as a training tool, or a jumping-off place for more in-depth research.

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