MASTERING THE ART OF THE M.A. PROGRAM AND BEYOND

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This chapter provides advice and ideas to those who are seeking to enter, already enrolled in, or, just completing an M.A. program in applied anthropology. The chapter first addresses the topic of finding an M.A. program, and includes information on funding, meeting individual student needs, and anecdotal information from several graduate programs. Next, the chapter briefly explores building an appropriate graduate school experience as well as strategies for successfully balancing academic and interpersonal lives. The last and most detailed section covers the transition from graduate school into the workplace, particularly in regards to job searches, the importance of networking, and the application and enhancement of skills learned in school. Thoughts on the benefits of an internship, what to do with a completed thesis, and how and where to find jobs are included. Relevant resources available for further reference are noted throughout the text, including an informative survey of M.A. graduates and their current status. The author uses his personal experiences and those of his associates to illustrate trends in the field for future professionals aspiring to practice anthropology with a master's degree. On completion of the chapter, the reader should have a realistic and practical notion of where an M.A. in applied anthropology might lead, and how best to achieve the outcome desired.

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