Whither Linguistics: Oh The Places You’ll Go!
This interactive workshop looks at career exploration through a linguistic lens. I begin by sharing career paths of linguists, then – turning to the series of texts and interactions which comprise job searching – I demonstrate how a linguist’s eye is invaluable in navigating these highly textual genres and in presenting oneself professionally.
Three core linguistic ideas covered:
1) enacting a deictic shift from that of student to professional, moving from focusing on why you want/need a particular job to thinking about why THEY want/need you.
2) deconstructing some of the unproductive metaphors and framing which shape thinking about the job hunt, and the notion of a perfect job
3) adopting a narrative approach
The goal of the workshop is to increase students’ awareness of how language – especially narrative – works in various sectors of the work force and helps job seekers better connect with their audiences.