Knowledge about careers is distributed

When it comes to doing an academic research projects, students understand that it is going to be a significant search to find sources, to narrow down the research project etc.  but somehow when faced the prospect of searching for a job, there seems to be an assumption that everything is going to be different somehow.  There seems to be an assumption that there exists one centralized source for information.  Just to be clear: there is no one list out there waiting for you to find that says: “hey, here are the list of jobs that you might be interested in.”  And while of course, this might be nice, wasting time and energy wishing that it were so does not get anyone anywhere.

 

It will take time

In the way that the first few searches that you return when you are doing a literature search, approach the jobsearch process with the understanding that it is going to take a while before you are plugged in to the right sources of information.   The first few people that you talk to, and the first few events you attend may seem to be a total waste of your time.

 

Not to fear – these experiences will help you!

 

To recognize sources of information

So, the next time you are in front of a person who is a source of information, you will not take them for granted.  You might ask them to LinkIn with you, you might take notes when they talk…..

 

To ask the right questions

When you talk to people who are plugged into ask them what their sources of information, how it is that they learn about the events that they go to.   If they were to advertise a job, where they might post it, if they go to conferences, which they might recommend to you!

 

And I am working on a list

So stay tuned for that.  If you know about organizations that hire linguists, please send them on!

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