Post-MFA Career Resources
There’s been quite a bit of discussion on two sites I visit fairly frequently (the MFA Weblog and on a couple of threads at the Poets & Writers Speakeasy) on the general topic of what kinds of employment opportunities there are for writers who have earned an MFA.
I’ve just posted a bunch of resource links over on the Speakeasy. And right away, I thought it made sense to offer them here, too. Here they are:
Academic360.com: (free access) Helpful not just for links to employment offices, but also if you want to compile lists of colleges/universities to contact for adjunct positions within a given geographical area);
HigherEdJobs.com: (free access) This is where I saw the posting that led me to my current job;
Chronicle Careers: (free access) Some overlap w/HigherEdJobs.com, but also offers good articles/features on jobs in (and, occasionally, outside) academe. NOTE: Each summer they advertise for (paid) diarists to chronicle their job searches over the following year. Look out for that, if it interests you (you can do this pseudonymously);
Idealist.org: (free access) Limit your search to “editing and writing” jobs;
MediaBistro.com: (free access, but requires registration to view complete job listings) Good source for jobs in publishing/editing.
AWP JobList listings and the MLA Job Information List are also good, but you need to be a paid subscriber to access them. (I receive the former with my AWP membership; I no longer subscribe to the latter.)
Finally, as everyone who visits this blog regularly already knows, Monday I post a list of “Markets/Jobs/Opportunities.” Today’s post, for example, included eight non-teaching jobs at colleges/universities; nine teaching jobs; and four (I think) freelance opportunities, plus one paying internship (that one’s in Canada).
And as I told everyone over at the Speakeasy, stay tuned for another resource-rich post on fellowships available to MFA grads. (Coming soon, I promise!)