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Elizabeth K. Briody, Ph.D., has been involved in cultural-change efforts for over 30 years – first at General Motors Research and later through her own consulting practice, Cultural Keys. She and Riall W. Nolan started the anthropology-wide Career Readiness Commission in 2021 to help prepare Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, and PhD students for careers in industry, non-profits, and government.
  • The Commission goes to Salt Lake City

The Commission goes to Salt Lake City!

SfAA is holding its annual meeting at the Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel between March 23-26, 2022.  The Career Readiness Commission is featuring two workshops: “Becoming a Practicing Anthropologist: For People Seeking Non-Academic Careers,” by Riall Nolan, on Wednesday, March 23 from 1:30-4:30 in Millcreek. (Registration required) “Enhancing Your Anthropology Program’s Ability to Meet Practitioners’ Needs,” by Nazia Hussain, Elizabeth Briody, and Riall Nolan, on Thursday, March 24 from 1:30-4:40 in Millcreek. (Registration required) It has organized a double session on the Commission’s work which will occur on Friday, March 25. Part 1 is called “Training Anthropologists for Tomorrow: The Work [...]

  • How do I help my students find work

How do I help my students find work?

Great question!  You are not the only one asking this question.  Anthropology instructors have growing concerns that their students are not finding employment opportunities that put their anthropological skills to use. They wonder what more they could do to assist. Some suggest that the students reach out to certain alums they remember.  Others point their students to the career planning office on campus. Many doubt their own abilities to do much more since they have limited, if any, practice experience. Instructors, here’s one option that builds on what you already know how to do: conduct research, make connections with others (e.g., [...]

  • What is the Career Readiness Commission and why should I care about it?

What is the Career Readiness Commission and why should I care about it?

Are you an anthropologist? Are you an anthropology student? If you answered “Yes” to one of those questions, then start clicking your way into this website. We have tools, resources, and training at your fingertips. If you are a student, you will learn about different types of careers, the value of networking, the best ways of explaining anthropology’s value, and on and on. If you teach anthropology, we have developed materials to help you help your students prepare for extraordinary careers by putting lessons from the classroom to work. If you are a practitioner, this blog will have useful tips for [...]

  • What’s around the corner for the Commission?

What’s around the corner for the Commission?

Funny you should ask!  Some of the Commission’s leaders were just on a Zoom call about a potential conference featuring the Commission’s work. Here are our initial thoughts: Place: Fordham University, Lincoln Center Campus in NYC Date: A Friday in May 2022 Purpose: Learn about and try out an array of “deliverables” (e.g., trainings, exercises, repository) that Commission members produced in its first year; exchange ideas; identify additional target areas Audience: Current anthropology students and recent graduates, practitioners from the tri-state area, and teaching faculty/instructors Sessions: Workshops, panels, discussion groups, … Cost: Very affordable

  • I saw reference to “T-shaped qualifications” What is this

I saw reference to “T-shaped qualifications?” What is this?

Glad you asked. The notion of T-shaped qualifications has been around since the early 90s, but you don’t hear it much in anthropology. It refers to the skillsets needed to actually apply a discipline. Think of the vertical bar of the T as the disciplinary core. The horizontal bar, then, includes the skills and competencies required to actually use the discipline for something. Here’s an example. The application skills will vary a bit from one job to another, but many of them are fairly universal. A large part of the work of the Commission consists of exploring these upper-level skills – [...]

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