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Resources: WRK4US listserv

Posted in Transfer Your Skills by Arnold Pan on March 15, 2010
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Many of you who’ve clicked your way here are probably familiar with the WRK4US listserv maintained by Paula Foster Chambers and hosted by Duke U.  But if you’re not and you’re interested in making a transition outside of academia or just even thinking about it, it’s definitely worth signing up for and checking out.  Billing itself as “the premier email discussion list on nonacademic careers for people with graduate degrees in Humanities, Education and Social science disciplines,” WRK4US functions as something of a clearinghouse for job announcements, an advice column on the nuts-and-bolts of applying for jobs, and a support group for academics who want to–or hafta–look into a new line of work.

Registration is required to join the listserv and the discussions that occur therein are confidential and closed to its members.  Since you need to log into the Duke Mailing List Manager to access the archives, the email interface is not exactly the most efficient way to make use of all the resources available at WRK4US.  But the listserv format does have a distinct advantage of creating a open forum for those participating in the discussion and for producing a close-knit camaraderie with people you might not otherwise have any contact with, across disciplines and across the country.  It’s easy to start up threads, whether it’s about the post/academic experience or practical, focused questions about applying for jobs.

To join, go to the WRK4US page at the Duke Mailing List Manager site below and follow the directions to become a new user.  After signing up, the archive info for WRK4US will appear in the left-hand column below your log-in, which you can browse in addition to the emails you will receive covering the current topics of discussion.

WRK4US Home Page and Archives, at the Duke Mailing List Manager site (registration req’d)

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