Sessions on Careers at 2016 MLA Convention

In addition to the Connected Academics sessions and events, there will be a number of other sessions dedicated to careers both on and off the tenure track at the 2016 MLA convention in Austin. Descriptions of these sessions appear below; please follow the links to the Program for the most up-to-date information on each session’s participants, time and date, and location.

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What Is the New York City Proseminar?

What Is the New York City Proseminar?

Each academic year until 2018, the MLA is running a proseminar on careers for twenty graduate students and recent PhD recipients in the New York City area. Proseminar participants explore the full range of careers open to humanities PhDs, from tenure-track positions to employment in business, government, and nonprofit organizations.

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Transitional Work Experience: Why? Where? How?

Transitional Work Experience: Why? Where? How?

“Help! Everyone I’ve talked says my PhD isn’t enough—I need work experience. I came straight into grad school from my undergraduate program, and I’ve never worked full-time. How do I get work experience? What kind should I get? And how am I going to fit it in and still get my research done?”

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Help! My Adviser Says She Can’t Mentor Me

Q: I finally screwed up the courage to talk to my adviser about my decision to leave academia. She was really supportive, but she also said she had no idea how to help me. So now I feel kind of stuck without any kind of mentorship in my new career path. What should I do?

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When Plan B Has Always Been Plan A

When Plan B Has Always Been Plan A

“There’s a lot of advice out there for people making the transition into alt ac (or what we at the MLA call “connected”) careers,” says Stacy Hartman. “Most of this advice assumes that those considering an alt-ac career have abandoned their first career goal of becoming a faculty member. This assumption is very often true, but not always.”

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