Monday, January 1, 2007

Elysian Fields Forever

No one, I think, is in my tree
I mean, it must be high or low
That is, you cant, you know, tune in, but its alright
That is, I think its not too bad


This section is devoted to those of us who have shuffled off this mortal coil, seen the light, and are now exploring options with McKinsey Co., Bain & Co., et al.

In all seriousness, please post here if you are interested in learning more about non-academic careers for classicists, or if you can point to resources, contacts, and ideas for those who are contemplating such a move.

3 comments:

Yoda said...

There is a very helpful list called "wrk4us" for humanists and social scientists contemplating nonacademic careers. Subscription info is here:

https://lists.duke.edu/sympa/info/wrk4us. The list membership includes people just starting to think about alternative careers and ex-academics who have been out for some time. They have periodic organized discussions with specialists on various careers and ongoing chat about jobseeking strategies.

Young Skywalker said...

Thankful we are to Yoda for reposting the above from another thread.

Another resource: the Western European Studies Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries has an information page on academic library careers: http://www.columbia.edu/%7Eklg19/WESS/.
They list contacts who would be happy to give a real, live librarian's perspective on the field, and several of them have Classics backgrounds.

Also, there is a postdoc for humanities PhDs interested in exploring library careers: http://www.clir.org/fellowships/postdoc/postdoc.html.

Anonymous said...

This book was recommended in a Chronicle of Higher Education feature (http://chronicle.com/jobs/news/2008/04/2008042901c/careers.html):
Susan Basalla and Maggie Debelius. So What Are You Going to Do With That? Finding Careers Outside Academia (University of Chicago Press, 2007)