Category Archives: Careers for Humanities Majors

College Preparation v. Career Readiness: Close the Gap!

In March, I presented at the Symposium on Languages for Specific Purposes in Phoenix on the mismatch between college preparation and career readiness. When a new academic quarter began at the University of Chicago this week, I was determined to try to … Continue reading

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Open Post to CEO of Yelp! Goes Viral–and Gets a Recent Grad Fired. Can the Humanities Step Up?

Over the weekend, this open post on Medium to the CEO of Yelp! written by a frustrated young employee went viral. Since, responses have popped up on late night television, in LinkedIn posts and elsewhere. Stepping away from the details of this particular … Continue reading

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Reverse Engineer Solutions to Problems You Experience in the Classroom

The February faculty newsletter from darcylear.com is out now. The theme is creating professional development and career prep lessons by reverse engineering solutions to problems you are experiencing. Examples include: professional email writing, letter of recommendation requests, memo writing as … Continue reading

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Professional email Writing: Professional Development and Career Prep for Language Courses #CareerPrepLangs

Last week’s professional development and career preparation in-class activity for me was email writing. In that lesson, we start with appropriate professional salutations and closings in the target language, the importance of using a clear subject line to ensure that … Continue reading

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Need Career Prep for Humanities Students on Your Campus? Now Scheduling 2016 Workshops

In the winter & spring months, I will make several campus visits to conduct student and faculty workshops designed to prepare students for the college to career transition. For students, the focus is always the college to career transition–how to … Continue reading

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To Help Students Develop Soft Skills They’ll Need in the Workplace, Please Don’t Do This…

“Double-spaced Times New Roman 12 point font with 1.25″ margins” Over and over surveys of employers tell us that the skills they most want in new hires who are recent grads are “soft skills” or “executive function” skills. These are … Continue reading

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Are You Ready to Answer Job Interview Questions in Spanish?

There are two important generalizations on the subject of answering job interview questions in Spanish: 1- If you say that you speak Spanish on your resume, cover letter, or other part of a job application, be ready to answer questions in Spanish … Continue reading

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