I'll swap my chainsawing abilities for this any day!
April 15, 2011 11:01 AM Subscribe
Help me to wildly change my professional direction from Forest Engineering to Anthropology...I have some ideas, too.
posted by Tarumba to Education (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I have a B.S. degree in Forestry, and while mildly interesting, I mostly don’t like the subject (long story short, I was 16 when I started school, by the time I realized I did not like the career, it was too late to change courses, so I graduated anyway)
After several years of aimless wondering during which I worked in GIS (natural resource evaluations) and got a tiny bit of anthropology experience assisting a professor at my university, I have decided I very much like Human Rights (particularly children’s rights, and more specifically girls’ rights), and I would love to get into a Master’s program that’s related to these subjects.
I of course have no professional background that could help me do so, except for my assistantship and a couple of contacts that could help me back in my country.
So, with school done and living in another country, I am struggling to find a way of building a background that will get me into a master’s program, and possibly a PhD in this field. According to our professional plan (husband’s and mine) I have about 5 years to prepare for grad school, which is more less the time we’ve calculated will pass before I’m financially able to enroll as a full time student. By that time, we will be free as the wind to relocate wherever in the world we find a job for the husband and a nice program for me.
Here is what I've done so far...
Experience: I have landed a job as a school liaison in a political refugee resettlement office, implementing a refugee schoolchildren program from scratch in 6 cities. My supervisor has given me her blessing to conduct research interviewing our children and their parents. The research would be focused on studying the process of adaptation that elementary aged refugee children go through when they come from refugee camps in rural backgrounds.
Research/possible publications: I have recently contacted the professor I assisted, and proposed the project I mentioned in the previous paragraph. He loved it. I am also working on translating some Spanish publications by said professor into English.
I am also trying to revive a connection I had with a curator from the Smithsonian (Museum of the American Indian), with whom I conducted research in Cuzco a couple of years ago. He has agreed to be a reference and has several academic contacts. I have the feeling this is a useful connection, but I don't know how to use it.
*So…what else can I do to make sure I get the most of these 5 years in order to get into an awesome program?
*How do I go about learning how to conduct anthropological research when I have no experience whatsoever?
*Is there a name for this branch of study that I love? My interest is comparing styles of learning/adapting in children from different parts of the world. I guess it's something like education research, but based on the cultural background and gender roles in different societies...does this have a name?