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AnthroCurrents – August 8, 2014

A biweekly look at recent stories on anthropology and practicing anthropologists in the popular media

The Usual Suspects



2 Responses to AnthroCurrents – August 8, 2014

  • cathywhite says:

    Hi Coleen

    Forgive me–I removed your link and email address from the post before I approved it to protect your anonymity. I’m excited that a student your age is aware of anthropology and is interested in it. I do have some information to share, and I hope others do too, although because this post is from a few months ago, do not be discouraged if others do not find it.

    Here’s what you should know:

    Very few anthropologists actually have jobs where their business card says “Anthropologist.” They often use the knowledge they have gained in anthropology to fill jobs with different titles. I have worked in book publishing, creating Internet content, computer programming, and now education, all with my anthropology degree. An important point is that I did not get into any of those jobs because I specifically had an anthropology degree. Having a bachelor’s degree (4-year college degree–mine was in anthropology) was a requirement, and you really need a good work ethic and a willingness to learn among other “soft skills” to take a degree of any kind and make a career out of it.

    I am a parent, too, so I wanted to point out that your parents have your best interests at heart. They want you to be financially secure. They are likely hearing a lot of news stories about college students graduating and not being able to find a job. They feel more comfortable when they can tie a program of study to an actual job title. College is expensive, so parents deal with a lot of anxiety when they think about these things for their children.

    You are 15, so you have time to think before you decide on a career path. You may have to wait until college until you are able to take any anthropology courses and see if that is the major for you. Just know that no matter what direction you take, there should be no expectation that a college diploma will automatically translate into job offer. That takes work on your part, no matter what you study. You have to build work experience, constantly learn new things, and build relationships with people (sometimes people you don’t like!) to succeed.

    Research the kind of work you want to do and look at the job requirements. Try indeed.com and search on “anthropology” and see what you get (and where–we often have to move to get the dream job).

    Good luck!

  • Coleen says:

    Hi, I am currently 15 years old. It may be a bit too early in finindg out what career I want. I’ve always been interested about Anthropology. I would love to travel and learn about certain places. Although my parents have a different view. They rather have me pursue in being a optometrist. I want have a job that I would actually enjoy waking up to then to hate it for the rest of my life.Would anthropology be right for me?

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