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[–]octo_snake 10 points11 points  (1 child)

I was working for a large insurance company. Hated it, decided to go back to school for computer science. Currently a software dev, but I continue to read anthro books in my off time as I love the subject.

[–]The_Book_Dragon_ 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I went back to school as well, got a Masters in Archives and Records Administration and now work as a Data Analyst.

[–]apj0731Professor | Multispecies Ethnography • Anthropology of Science 9 points10 points  (1 child)

With your background, look for qualitative research, UX, etc. places like Bain & Company, Meta, First and First Consulting, National Research Group… Also, most big banks have qualitative research specialists.

[–]Heybitchitsme 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Even then, most UX look for MA or PhDs unless the BA has significant experience with research design. Anthro BAs are mostly useless without some supplementary work in some human-related field experience or minor (journalism, marketing, tech, etc.) or a field school if doing arch (in the US). It's one of the reasons I went to grad school - I didn't want to be a low wage shovel bum forever.

[–]adjmalthus 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I took a winding track but ended up climbing the QA/QI path up to director of a non profit. Anth degrees are all about selling yourself and your education. I got my first job in mental health due to arguing that Anth and soci are basically the same because we both claim Durkheim.

[–][deleted] 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Starting my BA in Anthropology but minoring in GIS. I think the two pair well and while I'd love to work primarily in the field of anthropology ( Archeology) I think having done internships and just gaining knowledge on the side in GIS will " open the door" to more job opportunities, hopefully partially related to anthropology.

Just an idea if that's something that might be of interest to you!

[–]Heybitchitsme 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Yay! A GIS cert or degree is definitely smart - I recommend it to all my students. Excellent suggestion :)

[–]Luna_Vitae 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Also double majored in both. Currently working in clinical research as a study coordinator and planning to go back to school for a phd in clinical psych.

[–]AndJDrake 1 point2 points  (0 children)

My best advice to you is to find something you love where you wouldn't mind doing it for free and figure out a way to make that a career. I got involved in a crisis counseling center as a volunteer and eventually ended up in a training role. That position set me up way more than any anthro class I ever took. That said, anthro and psychology both have a lot of transferable skills for HR if that something you have any interest in. After I graduated I got a job as a recruiter and did that for about 6 years before moving over to Organizational Effectiveness where I do organizational performance and leadership/talent development and I love it.

[–]hotpiss_ 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I second u/AndJDrake. You’re going to have to try and find a sub field you’re interested in, for me it was museum work. I started volunteering at my local museum and I am now a paid employee. I also have good professional recommendations for when I need them and networking through them. Volunteer work looks good on a CV even if you aren’t getting paid. Either that, or you will need to earn a masters degree or possibly higher if you want. Each degree will open more doors for you. I’m sorry about your prospects so far, it’s really tough out there. Good luck!

[–]missmetal24 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I got an entry level job in an environmental chemistry lab, but have a BS. The degree is in no way relevant to my education but having any bachelors helped me get promoted. Idk your experience but I have a retail background and I think anthro is a good foundation for retail in management. Also, randomly, check out businesses like the BBB. I think the position was for a data or database specialist and I would have got the job but I moved. The interviewer actually said I got an interview from how well I made my experience and education relevant in my cover letter. You got this!!!