Hundreds of anthropologists have contributed to the Career Readiness Commission since its launch in 2021. As a broad, volunteer network, it has the support of numerous anthropology professional associations covering all subfields.
WHY THIS COMMISSION
Most anthropology students at all levels will not teach anthropology
Many jobs in industry, non-profits, and government benefit from anthropological knowledge and skills, but
Current and potential students, and their instructors, are generally unaware of the work of anthropologists beyond the academy and the opportunities that exist in the job market
With few exceptions, anthropology programs have significant gaps in career preparation
Many employers are unaware of the value and relevance of anthropological training
As a result, enrollment in anthropology programs is decreasing sharply, jeopardizing the future of the field.
Undergraduate anthropology majors are immersed in a wide body of ethnographic work from near and far. In other words, they read extensively about others’ experiences and research in “the field.” Relatively few of them (at least of a cultural-anthropology [...]
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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 [...]
Higher education institutions are remarkably diverse: rural/urban; private/public; union/nonunion; R1/research intensive/regional comprehensive/liberal arts; religious/secular; and the list goes on. Today, in most institutional settings there is at least lip service paid to the linkage between education and career. All [...]