The LSA's "Linguistics Beyond Academia" Special Interest Group has conducted a professional development webinar exploring the career paths of three intrepid linguists. For this facilitated discussion, inspired by the WaLK series on the Career Linguist blog, we use the work interrogatives to help illuminate the twists and turns of their career navigation:

  • Avi Eilam about his path in the world of online content creation and marketing
  • Holly Richardson about philanthropies and non-profits
  • Marc Okrand about his work in constructed languages, closed captioning, and the arts

The first half hour features each of our panelists using two of the work interrogatives to illuminate aspects of their career paths, and then we will open it up for questions and discussion from the community about navigating career more broadly!  No matter where you are on your career journey, you are certain to be inspired by the diverse and multifaceted applications of linguistics contained in their stories. 

The webinar is facilitated by Anna Marie Trester, author of Bringing Linguistics to Work.


Webinar: Navigating Careers: A discussion about the “who, what, when, where, why, and how” of work with three intrepid linguists

Friday, June 30, 1:00 PM US EDT

LSA Webinar on Navigating Careers


Linguists at all levels of training and all careers undergraduates, graduate students, PhDs, postdocs, faculty at all levels, and professional linguists working in any field - are welcome. You do not need to be a member of the LSA or the SIG to attend, although members of the LSA are given first priority in registration. Attendance is capped at 100 attendees. Be prepared to think creatively about bringing your linguistic skills and training to the work challenges and problems that speak to you! 

The work interrogatives:

  • The problem that you seek to solve (the why of the work)
  • Your approach (the how of the work)
  • The transferrable skills you bring (the what of the work)
  • The people (with whom you work)
  • The people (for whom you work)
  • The places (where you work)
  • The value (salary, benefits, lifestyle implications of the work, and especially when)