Kickstarting Your Professional Development

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Simply said–just because you have a job you love doesn’t mean you have reached your zenith.  Especially with today’s easy access to news and knowledge, boosted by our ever expanding and developing technology, no excuse exists to be living in yesterday’s world.  Continuing your education, whether by organized coursework through a local college or university or simply getting involved in local professional networks, is paramount in maximizing and reaching your potential.

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Productive Unemployment–A Guide for Job Seekers

When I left my last job, I did so in order to dedicate the 40+ hours per week of regular employment to finding a career, meaning a job that I would want to wake up and go to because it is fulfilling.  I made a promise to myself that I would pursue positions that would no longer be just a job to me, but something I could dedicate my life to as a career.  With that said, in most circumstances, a dream job is probably not going to drop right into anyone’s lap–you have to be proactive, tenacious, and determined.  So, whether your current unemployment was a result of choice or circumstance, these ideas might help make the most of your time.

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The Ever Evolving Resume: A quick guide mingled with a quick anecdote

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I recently made a decision to quit my full-time job in order to pursue a full-time search for a career.  When I graduated from graduate school three years ago, I had a plan in mind–I would find a great job specifically geared towards anthropology and helping others.  Well, even the best ideas and plans tend to happen differently than expected.  I, like many other idealistic collegiate students, regarded my graduation as my official “coming out” into the world and was quite confident in what I thought I wanted.  I had a list of requirements–I wanted to help people on a deeper level; I wanted to employ the ideals of anthropology in my work; I wanted to make a difference.

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The Beacon Network

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Looking for that extra something in your professional life?  I’ve found it–The Beacon Network may just be what you’re missing.

The Beacon Network is a organization founded on the principles of excellence in the global marketplace and is committed to providing continuing education, networking, and resources for local organizations and professionals, especially emphasizing diversity and inclusion. This organization is an absolute gem and a wonderful community resource for professionals.  I had the opportunity to attend one of their regular meetings on April 12th.  The Beacon Network’s prestigious board comprised of local professionals from various organizations, such as Florida Hospital and Walt Disney World just to name a couple, held a tight agenda comprising of a continental breakfast, insightful symposium regarding perspective delivered by Walt Disney World’s Ruth Bond, a short introduction highlighting a particular local business, and interactive networking session.

The board was incredibly welcoming and stayed true to the mission of the Beacon Network throughout the meeting.  Ms. Bond’s presentation was informative and effective in reinforcing awareness regarding the impact of perspective.  Ultimately, if you’re looking for an organization with an upbeat attitude intent on spreading the word on cultural competency and diversity and inclusion, The Beacon Network fits the mold and might be your next best thing.

For more information regarding the Beacon Network, visit their site: http://beaconnetworkfl.org/

This site is expanding!

Although the field of anthropology will always be a much beloved concentration in my life, discussion regarding straightforward anthropological topics will now be one of many focuses on this blog.  If you have already been enjoying this blog, I appreciate your support and hope that these additions will make your experience even more enjoyable.  Stay tuned!

Diversity is so much more than numbers

The general response I usually hear about diversity and inclusion in the workplace indicates strategies companies use to ensure the employment of certain numbers of individuals representing various ethnicities or races.

Although not exclusive, at the start of diversity initiatives, this served as a leading and recognized theme, but as the concept of diversity and inclusion evolved, so did the movement.  Today, diversity and inclusion is so much more than the perception of numbers . . . and really, it always has been.

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More on that Chagnon Guy . . . as Promised.


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I am not the only one writing about Napoleon Chagnon–his name seems to be omnipresent in the press these days.  Chagnon’s controversial career is yet again making headlines regarding his work with the Yanomami.  Although his work is a text-book application in anthropology programs, his methodology is anything but the text-book ethics taught today.  This article is not meant to compromise or demean Chagnon’s work, as the past of Anthropology is mottled with seedy aspects of unethical principle.  Chagnon’s work still provides insight into a people, although clouded with bias and connotation.  And of course, in the twilight to close of Chagnon’s career, his accomplishments and risks should not go without applause.  However, Chagnon’s work is a prime example of science as a self-serving business, rather than an objective work to further man’s knowledge of the world.

Importantly, many journalists are commenting on Chagnon’s description of the Yanomami and his first encounter, which is cited as “a dozen burly, naked, filthy, hideous men” in his ethnography, Yanomamö: The Fierce People.  Of course the ultimate principle of ethnography and anthropological work is to provide unbiased, culturally relative work, not a description so negatively smeared with fierce connotation.  Already, the picture of impression is set for the Yanomami.  As later commentators noted, although the Yanomami do engage in warfare, their society is not one dimensional, and just like other humans in this world, express other emotions to the antithesis.  A great read and synopsis of Chagnon’s work can be read here.

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