The Anthropology Career Readiness Network

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  • Commission Meeting 07-20-23

Commission Meeting 07-20-23

The latest Anthropological Career Readiness Network meeting was held on July 20, 2023. In the meeting, the group covered several initiatives aimed at enhancing the career readiness of anthropology graduates. One of the key initiatives discussed during the meeting was the implementation of the Speakers Bureau. This platform facilitates valuable connections between professionals from diverse sectors, including technology, healthcare, and consumer research, and academic instructors. The primary purpose of this initiative is to arrange guest lectures and enrich the learning experience for anthropology students. In addition to the Speaker's Bureau, the meeting delved into the Network's newly introduced advisory program. [...]

  • The ACRN's 2-Year Anniversary Celebration A Resounding Success!

The ACRN’s 2-Year Anniversary Celebration: A Resounding Success!

We want to extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who joined us for the commemoration of the Anthropology Career Readiness Network's second anniversary. On Thursday, May 25 at 4pm ET, we came together virtually to honor two years of achievements and growth within our network. The event was a resounding success, as anthropologists from diverse industries and sectors united to reflect on our collective accomplishments and explore the promising path that lies ahead. We were honored to have Ed Liebow, the Executive Director of the American Anthropological Association, deliver a thought-provoking address on the future of our field. His insightful [...]

  • Anthropology Career Readiness Network Announces New Name

Anthropology Career Readiness Network Announces New Name

Troy, MI, February 19, 2023 – The Anthropology Career Readiness Network announced a new name and updated logo as the grassroots professional group moves into a phase of accelerated outreach to anthropologists in all subfields.  Elizabeth Briody, Founder, Cultural Keys, LLC, and Riall Nolan, Emeritus Professor, Purdue University, originally formed the Network as a volunteer-run commission of anthropologists charged with improving the preparation of anthropology students for the workforce readiness.  Nolan said, “We saw a need for better ways to approach current employment trends within anthropology. With more students entering non-academic jobs, anthropologists require new ways of marketing their talents [...]

  • Tim Malefyt on NY 1 - Vday Gift Giving Interview

Timothy Malefyt Dicusses Gift Giving on NY 1 for Valentine’s Day

  Recently, Timothy Malefyt appeared on NY 1 to talk about Valentine's Day and the act of gift giving. During the segment, Tim delved into the anthropological aspect of gift giving, explaining how gift exchange creates bonds of reciprocity. He pointed out that this applies not only to romantic relationships but also to business relationships. As an example of gift giving in advertising, Tim mentioned a Debeers Diamond commercial.

  • Career-related Sessions at AAA

Career-related Sessions at AAA

Lots of great career-related sessions and workshops are planned for the AAA Meetings in Seattle, WA (Nov. 9-13).  Here is a sampling: Executive Session, Live-Streamed: Unsettling Anthropology to Prepare Students: Career Readiness Commission Results, Recommendations, Implementation, , Nov. 9, 8:00 a.m. NAPA Session: The Unsettled History of the Future of Organizational Anthropology: An Engaged Roundtable Discussion, , Nov. 9, 2:00 p.m. NAPA/AAA Careers Expo 2022: , Nov. 10, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Workshop: Translating Anthropological Knowledge to Practice in Medical Education, , Nov. 12, 8:00 a.m. Workshop: Going Up? Offering the Perfect Elevator Pitch!  , Nov. 12, 10:15 a.m. [...]

  • Our First Year Review

Our First Year Review

If you’re interested in what the Commission has been doing during the past year, check out our “First Year Review” which is now posted on the website. You’ll find a description of what the Commission is, what we planned to do for Year One, and what we actually accomplished. The Review concludes with a list of things we have planned for the future. If you’re interested in finding out more about us, or about contributing to any of our future activities, get in touch with either Elizabeth ( or Riall ( ).

  • Nailing the Interview Workshop

Nailing the Interview Workshop

At the upcoming Building Careers in Anthropology Conference, Beth Holland will be putting on a workshop titled: Nailing the Interview. She sat down with Matt Artz to discuss her workshop and what participants could expect to get out of it. Workshop Abstract The interview is THE clutch moment in a job search. And when it comes to interviewing, proper preparedness can prevent a painful performance and loss of opportunity. We will learn how to prepare for upcoming interviews in this workshop, specifically for a UX research position into which many graduates of anthropology programs are being hired. We will crystalize your [...]

  • Rework Your Teamwork: Techniques for Leaders and Team Members

Rework Your Teamwork: Techniques for Leaders and Team Members Workshop

At the upcoming Building Careers in Anthropology Conference, Jennifer Studebaker will be putting on a workshop titled: Rework Your Teamwork: Techniques for Leaders and Team Members. She sat down with Matt Artz to discuss her workshop and what participants could expect to get out of it. Workshop Abstract “You’ll be working in teams,” may elicit groans on your favorite reality TV show, but this workshop will provide you with tools and techniques to lead or join a team with enthusiasm. We will review the key elements of high-performing teams and how to apply an anthropological lens to achieve [...]

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