March 3rd, 2014 § § permalink
In case you missed Jessi’s excellent post on AWP on AfterMAPH, MAPH’s Alumni blog, check out some highlights of AWP 2014 below:
“Find the place that scares you most and run to it.” — Eric McMillan (MAPH ‘10) on writing and, well, life
Talking Craft: (from left) Evan Stoner (’14), Hao Guang Tse (’14), Andy Tybout (’14), Chris Robinson (’14), Joel Calahan (’05, current preceptor), Eric McMillan (’10), Hilary Dobel (’09)
Last night, while leading eight current MAPH creative writers on an uphill March from the Seattle’s Washington State Convention Center to Von Trapp’s in Capitol Hill, I was marveling (aloud, perhaps unfortunately for my companions) about what going to the AWP conference can do for an aspiring writer. We were on our way to the second-ever MAPH/UChicago Alumni offsite reading at AWP. Earlier that morning, my colleague A-J Aronstein and I had stopped by a panel featuring the poet and teacher—and reader at last year’s offsite event—Shaindel Beers(MAPH ‘00) entitled the “Art of Difficulty.” Using beautiful language, Shaindel described teaching poetry students in prisons, schools, etc. as finding a way of “giving permission.” To write, one has to believe that they have something worth saying, a voice worth hearing. To Shaindel, it is a writing teacher’s job to nurture that belief, to create a space for it to thrive.
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January 6th, 2014 § § permalink
DO YOU ALREADY HAVE A JOB FOR NEXT YEAR? YES? OKAY, YOU CAN STOP READING THIS POST NOW.
WHAT? YOU DON’T HAVE A JOB YET? IT’S TIME TO START THINKING ABOUT ONE!
But it’s still winter! Surely I don’t have to think about the future yet!
You may remember a post on professionalization from last quarter which told you that you don’t have to worry about finding a job until Winter Quarter–well, it’s Winter Quarter now, which means: » Read the rest of this entry «
October 30th, 2013 § § permalink
I’m lost! What do I do with my degree in the Humanities? (Actually, a lot of different things.)
Remember that post that was all like “professionalization is important y’all!!”? Well, it’s already time for another one! In other words, in case you thought it was time to take a break from thinking about your future (besides, you know, the future that includes thesis reading and reading), the Alumni Panel is right around the corner!
The Alumni Panel is a great opportunity to actually think about what you might enjoy doing with your life, beyond just thinking about jobs/careers/please-let’s-not-call-them-[gap]-years/funding a PhD/your general happiness.
Be sure to come to
the ALUMNI CAREER PANEL next Wednesday, November 6th, at 5:30 pm
(here at MAPH Central)
it’s the perfect opportunity to:
meet alumni - ask about different career paths - and get
a taste for what kinds of jobs might (surprisingly!) suit you.
Not sure which panels to attend? Check out our helpful Career Quiz below! (It’s not really a quiz. Just a guide to things you like. Certifiably thesis-free.) » Read the rest of this entry «
October 10th, 2013 § § permalink
Searching the word “professionalize” in Google images leads to some pretty abstract, random stuff: mountains, schoolchildren, businessy-looking people in suits, even cats. Professionalization can often feel like a vague, abstract task–one that you’re unsure how to go about doing, but one that seems expected of you.
As in, MAPH expects it of you. A large part of MAPH’s work in developing better thinkers, writers, and humanists is helping students conquer the professional world–or at least, helping students look astutely at application materials, get a handle on job markets, and think about how the humanities work both within and outside of the academy.
Luckily, your journey into professionalism in MAPH doesn’t have to be confusing and daunting. In MAPH land, professionalization means developing your skills, experience, and connections, and being able to write and talk about those things in compelling and interesting ways.
Professionalization doesn’t have to be this creepy, I promise.
WHY YOU SHOULD CARE:
1. You are thinking of working after MAPH.
It takes an average of 3-6 months to get a job, sometimes longer depending on the industry. If you do the math, that means ideally you’ll start applying for jobs in Winter Quarter (you know, 2 months from now). Unfortunately, Winter Quarter is the busiest time of the MAPH year–3 classes, a thesis, IT’S SO COLD OUTSIDE. Getting your resume in shape now cannot possibly be a bad idea. » Read the rest of this entry «
September 6th, 2013 § § permalink
In addition to the Service Events put on by your MAPH Mentors (e.g., the City Farms event September 11th) throughout the year, the University Community Service Center puts on Service Match. Service Match is a way for you to go beyond simply volunteering once or twice during the year. By consistently engaging with one organization through the year, you can focus your service to really benefit an organization and make the most of your volunteer time. Put on by the University Community Service Center, Service Match facilitates consistent service by selecting a limited number of talented MA students, partnering with a local non-profit, and offering participants the chance to give teach backs and reflect on their volunteer work.
There will be a Service Match Informational Meeting at 10:30am on Wednesday, September 18 in Classics 110 with Crystal Coats (cpernell at uchicago dot edu), the Community Service Advisor from the University Community Service Center (UCSC). Curious? Read on!
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April 24th, 2013 § § permalink
Your brain on externships.
Next Tuesday, April 30th, we will be holding an Information Session for Externships at 12pm in Classics 110. It will only be 30 minutes and packed with valuable information, so you should definitely attend if at all possible!
In the hopes of getting you interested, here are 7 great reasons I just came up with to apply for externships this summer:
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March 20th, 2013 § § permalink
You know how we have been telling you all since Colloquium to use this year to think about your professional life, as well as your academic life? Well, this time we really mean it. Now that the bulk of Winter Quarter is behind you, it is time to seriously consider—and more than consider, actually take action on—your post-MAPH plans. You will hear a lot of moaning and groaning from us over the next few months begging and pleading with you to come talk to us about resumes, cover letters and all other things “job-application-y.” These are all things that you should do. And while a great burden will befall you come June 15th, MAPH tries to alleviate some of this stress by offering paid (yes, you read that right: PAID) summer internships. » Read the rest of this entry «
January 18th, 2012 § § permalink
You know what to do, MAPH
I’ve been hounding you all about this for two months. Friday is Game Day (and by Game Day I mean, obviously, and yes kind of lamely, GradUCon). One hundred of you (roughly) have signed up to attend the full day of professional development events, panel discussions, networking conversations, and free food eating sessions.
Now what? (What, after the jump)… » Read the rest of this entry «
January 9th, 2012 § § permalink
Papa Hemingway Would have Been on Twitter. He would have. Damn you. Damn.
MAPH might not seem like the ideal time to get your freelance and internet writing career started. But trust me, it is. I thought that, in advance of next week’s GradUCon “Making Writing Work” festivities (and the general ongoing conversation about getting intellectual-ish work), I’d share a few thoughts about pitching successfully–and about writing pieces that you don’t have to feel badly about.
And I hope that some of our alum writers / current students will weigh in (?)
1) First of all: Writers write. Period. (READ ON…) » Read the rest of this entry «
July 7th, 2011 § § permalink
Ahhh…the job market. Something many of us long to avoid. But no matter how hard we fight it, the real world is currently kicking and will continue to kick us in the ass until we’ve joined its ranks. For those of you who have already squared away jobs for the coming year(s)…Congratulations!! But, seriously, this post is not for you…so stop reading now.
For those of you who are still looking, haven’t even started looking, are hiding under your bed so you don’t have to look, or have left the country thinking a year of traveling always looks good on a resume…this post is for you.
First, it’s NOT you; it’s the market (unless you really are hiding under your bed doing absolutely nothing productive for your future). Job seekers are currently flooding the market with what employers are calling “casual applications.” Because there are so many easy ways to blanket your resume out to every position that looks appealing, employers are amassing way more applications than usual and it’s getting increasingly difficult to attract attention to your package (ahem).
So, this post is going to provide links to incredibly useful sites for job searching, but it’s not always enough to just apply to every position that seems appealing on these sites. Call the places a week or so after submitting your application and follow up to see if they’ve looked at it yet. See if you can stop by for an informational interview with someone so they recognize your name and begin to see that you are genuinely interested in the field. Send a thank-you note or e-mail after any interview, informational or otherwise.
In other words, find creative ways to shine your beautiful little recently-graduated MAPH selves in the face of every employer you want to work for!
And now, some incredibly wise words and tips from some fellow MAPH graduates who are currently holding jobs in their own apartments looking for jobs:
“I troll Chicago Career Connection (it’s through CAPS) like a fiend. It’s way good because you can specify your level of experience so I can get jobs that are Full Time Entry Level instead of ones that require years and years of experience.”
“As far as websites go, Indeed.com is great. You can specify the genre of job that you are looking for and sign up for their daily alert, and it will send you all the job postings in the geographical area you’ve specified that relate to that field. On average I’ve been getting around 4-6 a day, sometimes more, sometimes less.”
“My old boss also gave me a helpful tip: in your cover letter, say how your personal responsibilities benefited the company…basically, give the material values of your work. You can do this even if there are none—you can say things like, ‘my work resulted in a more efficient office workspace’ or something.”
Some useful sites on writing cover letters: https://caps.uchicago.edu/resourcecenter/handouts/Cover%20Letters%20for%20Grad%20Students-2010%20rev.pdf
“I keep my resume as brief and neat as possible because employers only spend like 10 seconds scanning your resume, and if they can’t read it fast, they won’t read it at all. Using active, assertive verbs on your resume makes you sound confident and concise.”
Some useful sites on effective resume writing and formatting: https://caps.uchicago.edu/resourcecenter/handouts/Resumes%20for%20Graduate%20Students-2010%20rev.pdf
More links to job-hunting websites that cater to more specialized fields:
Chicago Artists’ Resource—This website has a ton of great postings for jobs related to the arts (music, dance, theater, writing, food, etc.). In fact, just yesterday, they posted an opening for a Chicago Chocolate Tours Tourguide…which basically sounds like the most perfect job. Ever.
Media Bistro—This site caters to “media professionals” and has a bunch of posts for really creative writing, marketing, and artistic positions at various fun-looking companies (everything from local magazine and television offices to nation-wide retail companies and publishing firms). They also have a Freelance Marketplace, which is a phenomenal resource that allows you to post a freelance profile (for a small fee) that companies with assignments can then view and contact you through.
Administrative Jobs.com—This website is useful if you’re looking to jumpstart a career in business administration or, more likely, are looking for a placeholder entry-level job. You can make money doing something that exponentially increases your transferrable skills while you continue to look for jobs in the fields you really want to be in…hooray!
And, one final note…CAPS is open all summer long! The counselors are around for you to call and schedule meetings and are (I’m sure) eager to help with any job search-related questions. Also, Ben, A-J, and I (and, of course, Hilary and Maren) are around the office during the summer, so feel free to pick our brains about other useful sites and tips. Happy searching!!