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29th-Jun-2012 10:57 pm
waterhouse
I have another graduate school-related question for you folks if you don't mind feeding my neurotic curiosity. I have a master's degree in anthropology that I obtained in December 2010, and recently decided that I would like to pursue a PhD. Before I graduated, I was able to get a job at AT&T part-time to help pay for living expenses, though since graduation I haven't been able to find any work that is directly related to anthropology (besides that I get to research transactions and use interpersonal skills to deal with customers). I'm certain a lot of people applying to graduate school are having this same issue. Do you guys think that having this type of background will hurt my chances of being accepted? I'm curious because many people that have posted here about graduate applications haven't mentioned what they did post-graduation from their undergraduate degrees, and considering the economy, I'm sure this will be a more prevalent concern. Thanks!
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30th-Jun-2012 10:01 am (UTC)
My subject area isn't anthropology but I had no problem getting accepted for a PhD. I did my BA in 2003 then worked full time in admin jobs before applying for an MA in 2009. I was accepted onto that and worked part time while studying, then applied for a PhD and started that after the MA in 2010. I currently work full time while doing the PhD part time and my supervisor doesn't have a problem with that. I know other people's experices will vary, but that's mine, if it helps.
1st-Jul-2012 01:29 pm (UTC)
I haven't applied for PhD yet, however it might be helpful (if you have time) to volunteer in the area that you want to study (or, really, whatever you can find to do, depending on your area), ex: museology or whatever. Just to show you still have an active interest in that area.

I've also been looking for work in the anthro area, but I just graduated so yeah. I've been doing volunteer work just to keep active and hopefully make some connections that will help me out later.

16th-Feb-2013 10:19 pm (UTC)
frigate! start your own dig. just pick a point on the planet and excavate. we are always surprised by what we find. you have a license to dig, so dig it!
; )

i am an artist with studies in folklore and mythology, so i use that to paint meaningful symbolism for clients..
9th-Mar-2013 07:10 am (UTC)
Perhaps the best way is to search in Internet employment resources?
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