What is a researcher? A personal manifesto

Thinking in terms of a business and design context, what is a researcher? There is no one path, no one exact job description, no one single approach or professional charter to follow. Among the many variables that can shape this are the individual’s background and training, personal philosophy and worldview, and years of experience. For … Continue reading What is a researcher? A personal manifesto

How I survived 4 job searches in 4 years

Since finishing grad school in 2011, I’ve been unemployed (or underemployed) and looking for a job on four separate occasions, including after graduating, moving, quitting, and my latest job being a casualty of budget cuts. I wouldn’t be surprised if it happened again in the next couple years, either to me or to others, especially … Continue reading How I survived 4 job searches in 4 years

Job interviews: don’t forget, you’re interviewing them, too!

In a previous post on job interview questions for people with social science backgrounds, I discussed a series of questions I recalled from my various interviews and the direction I went in with each of them. This time, I'd like to share the list of questions I referenced during the same interviews. These are the … Continue reading Job interviews: don’t forget, you’re interviewing them, too!

Interview questions for people with anthropology backgrounds

Now that there's a big, bright light at the end of the job search tunnel, I thought it might be helpful if I shared some of the interview questions I encountered along the way. The positions I interviewed for fall into the areas of entry-level research associate and analyst positions in consumer research/marketing/branding (for small … Continue reading Interview questions for people with anthropology backgrounds

Reflections of an Un(der)employed Anthropologist

Yes, I drew this awesome picture using MS Paint. A discussion over at the AAA LinkedIn group got me thinking more about my own current situation with unemployment and underemployment as a newly minted anthropologist. The individual who started the discussion posted this question: Are there any other un-/underemployed anthropologists out there? What are we … Continue reading Reflections of an Un(der)employed Anthropologist