Welcome along to Linguists Outside Academia! We are a motley crew of self-identifying linguists with tenuous connections to the groves of academe. This includes trained linguists who are currently out of work, as well as people on shaky fixed-term academic contracts, and others who have 'linguistic' type jobs in non-academic settings. We're here to share ideas about professional life, rejoice in success, commiserate in failure, and generally steer our way through the rolling swells of a tumultuous job market.
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The group is set to be readable by anyone online (although only members can post messages). That accessibility seemed only fair, given that it's all about inclusion, friendliness, hand-clapping in a circle, etc. But, that means whatever you write is out there for all to see, FOREVER (well probably, you know what the internet is like).
You don't need to visit the Group website to post a message. Once you've signed up, just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Nothing could be simpler. Try it! Anecdotal evidence suggests it makes you feel 27% happier.
Please email to the list anything you think is at all vaguely relevant. It doesn't have to be solid advice for landing that perfect job, or the one true secret to being taken seriously. All sorts are welcome, from interesting news stories or comics to personal tales of success, challenge, or abject failure -- they all carry lessons, and in a group like this, we really need to share whatever pearls of wisdom we have.
If it is your first day joining Linguists Outside Academia, we highly suggest you post a short intro post about why you joined and what you're doing currently. Who knows, some friends on the list might say hi. We hope so.