MLA Career Exploration Activity Packet:  Skills Self-Assessment, Job Ad Analysis, and Next Steps

MLA Career Exploration Activity Packet: Skills Self-Assessment, Job Ad Analysis, and Next Steps

The MLA Career Exploration Activity Packet is designed to help you work through some of the more common blocks and obstacles to exploring a wide range of humanities careers. The three activities walk you through the process of learning what you have to offer, thinking about what types of work are out there, and creating a plan for your next steps. While these activities won’t give you all the answers, they’re designed to get you thinking.

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Connected Conversations: Bennett Donovan

In the fifth installment of our Connected Conversations series, Bennett Donovan, practice manager of Managed Services at Blackbaud, talks about how he went from history PhD to data-management specialist, how he uses his PhD in his current position, and what he sees as the most important and enjoyable aspect of his job.

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Connected Conversations: Rachel Bernard

In the third installment of our Connected Conversations series, Rachel Bernard, program officer at the American Council of Learned Societies, talks about a typical workday, how she uses the research and communications skills she gained from her PhD, and what she thinks graduate students can do to prepare for life outside the academy.

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Comparative Literature, Digital Humanities, and the Interstitial PhD

“Oh, you have a PhD, so you must be a professor?” Emily McGinn, digital humanities coordinator at the University of Georgia, is not unfamiliar with the question. As she says, “The resulting blank stare is often followed by something like, “So … you scan stuff?” Such is the nature of the alt-ac existence, not quite legible, almost interpretable, nearly recognizable.”

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On Serendipity; or, How to Be a Lucky Job Hunter

“It’s true that serendipity—otherwise known as luck—plays a role in job hunting. There are certain things over which job seekers have no control…” But in this post, Connected Academics project coordinator Stacy Hartman looks at some of the things job seekers do control, arguing that luck in job hunting isn’t as random as it can appear.

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