Are there jobs out there for cultural anthropologist programmers?
June 25, 2010 11:05 AM Subscribe
I'm about to graduate and need some help with the job search. I'm a budding anthropologist and/or a programmer. Two part question below the fold.
posted by johnnybeggs to Work & Money (6 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I'm currently a student who has returned to school after a few years out. For those four or so years I was out of school, I was working in IT (which I've done since I was fifteen), got seriously burned out and spent several more years doing odd jobs/physical labor. Most were pretty menial, a few were menial but romantic (selling books in Washington Square Park, bike messengering). Now I'm on the cusp of graduating and I need to start looking for a job. For the past two years I've been doing drupal/web stuff for various campus groups/departments, so it's not like I don't know my way around a LAMP set up, but I don't think I could jump back into doing ASP.NET programming just yet.
Here's the special snowflake stuff: I'm dying to get into an anthropology PhD program. If I had the clear choice, that's what I'd do. However, even if I was qualified to just apply right now, there's still a big chunk of rent-paying time that I'd need to cover between now and getting accepted. Additionally, I think I need a few more years of language instruction in my area of study before I'm able to jump into a program. Ideally in this interim I could work a job which capitalizes on my computer skills while still being in my academic field. I've really developed my writing skills at school, and I love drupal: it does everything right that was so wrong with web development when I got burned out on it. I think that writing and my ability to pick up new computer skills quickly are my two biggest assets to any future employer.
So, Mefites, my questions:
1 – How do I account for the hole of several years in my IT resume?
2 – Any suggestions for jobs that fit my ideal criteria?