In November, 2015, Humanists@Work headed to Sacramento, California for our statewide graduate student career professionalization workshop.

Schedule: Humanists@Work Graduate Career Workshop & Networking Dinner

November 9, 2015 | Sacramento, CA

 Theorizing our Moment: What Humanists@Work Look Like

Part I of a two-part conversation moderated by the Humwork Graduate Student Advisory Committee and continuing the interactive, DIY activities began in San Diego last year, the Humwork grad committee will facilitate a conversation about issues such as: the possibilities for work outside/alongside academia, graduate student education and support, the general conditions of the humanities in higher education and society more generally, and the role of gatherings like Humwork to intervene in the many structural, cultural, and practical issues surrounding humanities work.

Stories From the Field

UC Humanities PhDs share their stories as humanists@work in the world. Featuring:

J. Guevara, Economic Development Manager for the City of Santa Cruz (PhD Literature, UCSC, 2012)
Amy Jamgochian, Academic Program Director, Prison University Project (PhD Rhetoric, UCB, 2010)
Susie Lundy, Bay Area Program Director, Youth Speaks (PhD Cultural Studies, UCLA, 2008)
Marty Weis, UC Davis English PhD, 2015
Moderated by Simon Abramowitsch, UC Davis English PhD and Humanists@Work Graduate Advisory Committee Member

Résumé Redux: Using the Writing Process as a Tool for Career Discovery

The quest to create a replicable résumé development framework for humanities PhD candidates exploring a variety of careers continues!

Since UCHRI’s February 2015 Humanists@Work workshop in San Diego, Jared Redick of The Résumé Studio, Kelly Anne Brown of UCHRI, and selected UC humanists have been hard at work refining the process of presenting academic experience within the boundaries of a non-academic résumé.

This iteration of the workshop builds on the work of past presentations at Berkeley and San Diego, focusing on how the writing process is being used as a tool for career discovery. Highlights include:

    • A glimpse into how current PhD candidates and other graduate students have used the Job Description Analysis to translate their academic and dissertation experience into transferable skills useful within a reimagined résumé.
    • Before and after samples from graduate students who have gone the distance and turned their backgrounds into marketable résumés, several resulting in new jobs this year.

Unsurprisingly, the work focuses on the student’s ability to convert academic activities into work experience that resonates beyond academia. Sounds easier than it is—which is why this series continues. UCLA PhD candidate Dana Linda joins the discussion to share her own experience, as well as insights she learned while going through the process.



    • Please be sure you have watched the full 1.5 hour Berkeley video before you attend, otherwise you may not gain the full value of this presentation.
    • Bring your current CV and/or résumé attempt (no matter how rough, printed or on your laptop) so it’s on hand for ideas you may capture along the way.

Jared Redick, The Résumé Studio and Dana Linda, UCLA Comparative Literature PhD Candidate

Breakout Sessions

Session A

Crocker Atrium

Jared Redick, The Résumé Studio

Working one-on-one with University of California PhD candidates and other graduate students this year, one of the surprising elements Jared Redick has discovered has been the complex task of distilling the hierarchy of one’s career within the limitations of the chronological résumé.

And chronological résumés are essential in the world beyond academia because functional résumés—while sometimes useful—are frequently regarded by recruiters and hiring managers as tools for masking periods of unemployment.

In this breakout session, Dana Linda joins Jared Redick for focused table work that utilizes the simplicity of 3×5 cards to wire frame your experience (institution names, job titles, dates, buckets) in a way that is readily understood by recruiters and hiring managers. This breakout is intended for people who are, or will soon be, deeply focused on the résumé development process.


    • Bring a stack of your own 3×5 cards for table work. These are essential to the exercise we’ll be doing, and we will not have enough to give to everyone.
    • Bring your current CV and/or résumé attempt, no matter how rough, printed or on your laptop.
    • Please be sure you have watched the 1.5 hour Berkeley video before you attend, otherwise you may not gain the full value of this breakout session.

Session B
Decoding Work: A Values-Based Approach to Understanding Careers for Humanities PhDs

Cemo Meeting Space

Annie Maxfield, UCLA
In this session students will connect their unique strengths and value system to career trajectories by surveying how values are expressed through work, organizations and industries. We will identify concrete UC-Humanities PhD career paths, and discuss ways to “decode” jobs, imagine possibilities, and identify starting points.


Lauri Mattenson, UCLA Writing Programs
Many of our assumptions about the job search are predetermined by the routines and rules of our educational institutions, and accordingly, we learn to package ourselves like products for sale to potential employers. If instead, we regard ourselves as in-process and engage in mindful practices with an attitude of receptive non-judgement, we can free ourselves from fixed notions of self and success.

In this participatory workshop, we will practice “generative mindfulness” exercises designed to inspire greater insight into what might bring us true professional pleasure and fulfillment.

Mindful meditation is known to facilitate decision-making and cognitive flexibility and enhance well-being, creativity, social performance, and health (Langer, 1989; 2005; 2009), so a mindful inquiry into the right kind of work may help us conceptualize and create a career deeply aligned with our skills and values.

 Part II: Theorizing Our Moment

We would like to thank our co-sponsors and co-funders:

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation | Connected Academics | Davis Humanities Institute | Mentoring at Critical Transitions, UC Davis