Anthro 3001: Anthropology as a Major and a Career
This course is designed to help you transition from student to
career. The best way to do that is to start now to identify career
opportunities of interest, so that you have time to obtain the skills
and experience that will help you achieve your goals. This course will
- teach you about career opportunities for anthropology
- introduce you to University and Departmental opportunities and
- help you to identify your own goals and how to reach them, and
- teach you to be a more competitive applicant for internships,
jobs, and graduate school.
Grades: Cover letters are graded, and extra credit and other special cases will be graded by this weekend. Check on Monday and let me know if you are missing an assignment or a grade. If you want comments and didn't ask, just send me an email.
Remember to submit your peer review to turnitin, following the
peer review guidelines .
Assignments and due dates
- personal plan: due Oct 22 (intermediate deadlines on syllabus)
- resume: due Nov 19
- cover letter: due Nov 26
- group presentations: Nov 26 and Dec 3
- peer review: due Dec 10
Guidance for Career Reports
Optional Extra-credit assignments
Talk to a prof extra-credit assignment (worth 2 points, due Nov 19).
Follow directions here.
This will be especially useful if you haven't had much substantive interaction with anthropology professors. If you have, consider talking to a prof you don't know as well.
LinkedIn extra-credit assignment (worth 3-points, due
Dec 3). Look at the LinnkedIn website and links below, and meet with
Carmen Gold or other staff at U of U Career Services to develop a LinkedIn profile. I
cannot comment on it via turnitin unless it is submitted as a regular
document, so just create the content and general formatting and submit
to turnitin as a pdf or Word document. Posting it to LinkedIn is
optional. Consultation with the Career Center is mandatory, so
send me an email with cc to Carmen Gold (or other advisor) describing the
meeting, so that they can confirm it. If you already have a LinkedIn
profile, meet with them to review it for improvements before submission. Both the
profile and the email are required.
LinkedIn Advice for Students
7 steps to creating your LinkedIn profile
1. Field Schools and International Opportunities
U. of U. Department of Anthropology fieldschools
Other University of Utah international opportunities
Other archaeology opportunities, including prehistoric, classical
and historical archaeology.
Primatology opportunities (national and international)
2. Career Advice and Opportunities from Professional Associations
3. News Articles about Anthropologists in the Workplace
These 6 "Body Farms" Help Forensic Anthropologists Learn To Solve Crimes.
Forbes, June 2015.
- Here's Why Companies Are Desperate To Hire Anthropologists. Business Insider, March 2014.
- The rise of corporate anthropology. Harvard Business Review, 2007.
Job outlook for anthropologists and archaeologists (Bureau
of Labor Statistics).
- What to do with a degree in Anthropology
(from The Guardian, August 2010: Anthropology graduates enter a
variety of professions and their employability will no doubt increase
as the world becomes ever more globalised).
Helping Doctoral Students Rethink the Tenure Track. If you
are thinking about a doctorate in Anthropology, prepare for a
career outside academia.
- If CIA calls, should Anthropologists Answer? Inside Higher Ed, 2006
- Anthropologists go native in the corporate village (FastCompany.com, Dec. 2007)
- Corporate anthropology:
Dirt-free research(cnn.com, 2008)
- The Science of Desire (marketing and consumer research article, Business Week, June, 2006)
- How Moore's Law drove Intel into the arms of anthropologists (arstechnica.com, 2010. Ethnography better than focus groups at learning what consumers will want.)
Hiring window is open at the foreign service (New York Times, Dec. 2008).
Video interviews with five anthropologists at the Smithsonian Museum
(N. Amer. archaeology, osteology, Arctic studies, linguistics, film archivist).
Ever-Tightening Job Market for Ph.D.s (The Atlantic) . Sobering reading, but
you can maximize your chances if your Ph.D. research is on a topic
of relevance to non-academic employers also.