Workshop Series: Storytelling and More: Tools for Identifying and Meeting Your Career Goals

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 16:46

Open to all undergraduate and graduate students and adjunct faculty in English and Communication Studies

RSVPs suggested (not required). Email:

If you have questions about the events, please email Professor Jenny Lederer:

Individual Workshop Information:

#1: Identifying Your Bright Spots with Story Listening

Friday, Feb 19th, 2pm-3:30pm PST

Meeting ID: 823 9761 4275

Passcode: career

#2: How and Why to Use Story Finding and Storytelling in Professional Settings

Friday, March 5th, 2pm-3:30pm PST

Meeting ID: 823 9761 4275

Passcode: career


Workshop Series Description 

You really can go anywhere and do anything with your skills and training as linguists, literature majors, technical writers, educators, and students of communication. And you don’t have to do it alone! Career Navigation is about exploring career opportunities, building personal and professional community, and developing professional self-presentation skills. This workshop series will help you prepare for your next job search, develop career confidence, and lay the foundation for creating career satisfaction.      

 By the end of these two workshops, participants can expect:

  • Increased knowledge of how to apply analytical skills cultivated by studying literature, linguistics, and communication; 

  • A grounded sense of how your academic work and your personal, lived experience can be transferred to other professional and career settings;

  • An understanding of how to use storytelling and related tools to make yourself stand out;

  • Drafts of stories about your life that you can use in your job search, interviews, and networking opportunities.

Individual Workshop Descriptions

#1: Identifying Bright Spots with Story Listening

Bright Spots –– sparks of curiosity and excitement –– can light your path toward career satisfaction by helping you maintain a growth mindset. In this workshop, you’ll broaden your career horizons by hearing and discussing several true career navigation stories featuring people who studied linguistics and literature in college. You’ll also participate in an activity that will help you identify your own Bright Spots. You’ll leave this workshop with many answers to the question, “What are you going to do with a degree in THAT?!” 

#2: How and Why to Use Story Finding and Storytelling in Professional Settings

Because story finding and storytelling are integral for professional life and career development, we’ll use an activity we call Pocket-Full-of-Stories to hone your own story finding and telling skills, AND you’ll leave this workshop with a pocket full of stories that you can use right away to make your cover letters, interviews, and networking conversations stand out.

About the presenters:

Drs Criscillia Benford and Anna Marie Trester are the co-founders of PIER Consulting Group, a boutique communications consulting agency. Criscillia has been helping people hone their communication skills for over 20 years, and has taught literature and humanities courses at the University of Chicago, Duke, and Stanford. Anna Marie, author of Bringing Linguistics to Work, has taught courses in improvisation, storytelling, and linguistics at a variety of institutions including Howard, Georgetown, and American Universities, Washington Improv Theater, and Better Said Than Done Storytelling.

Cost: FREE 

Workshop sponsored by an “Extraordinary Ideas” Grant from the College of Liberal and Creative Arts