One of my personal and academic interests still is the professionalization of anthropologists. To that end, I volunteer on the Committee on Practicing, Applied and Public Interest Anthropology (CoPAPIA) in the American Anthropological Association (AAA). The mission of CoPAPIA is to:
"explore and engage the range of issues emerging as a result of the increasing number of anthropologists in and outside the academy doing practicing, applied and public interest work" - http://www.americananthro.org/ParticipateAndAdvocate/CommitteeDetail.aspx?ItemNumber=2224
To help AAA to better serve its anthropologists, CoPAPIA wanted to understand some of the challenges that faculty face as they prepare anthropology students. Capitalizing on the annual AAA meeting in late November 2015 and knowing that faculty attend the Careers Expo at the Annual Meeting to learn more about what careers are available to graduates, a few of us on the CoPAPIA committee organized a data collection and analysis effort, seeking faculty recommendations for how the AAA can support student career preparation.
A report on that mini-project is here: http://www.anthropology-news.org/index.php/2016/05/13/helping-faculty-prepare-students-for-the-job-market/
One of the key findings is that the variety of career options for those who graduate with a degree in anthropology needs to be made available to professors, who in turn introduce those options to students while in school.
How can we provide example career options to anthropology students? I'm looking for suggestions.
Hi, I'm Amy Goldmacher. I'm an anthropologist who works with individuals, teams, businesses and organizations, providing human-centered design and user experience research that drives product, service and experience innovation.