Re: LIving and working in Japan

Douglas B Hanson (dhanson@WORLD.STD.COM)
Fri, 3 Jun 1994 07:59:05 -0400

> Partly, this is for Erisa Ojimba who asks,
> "May I ask what one does with an Anthropology degree, if one doesn't
> find a teaching position????"
> You look at your skills, you look at the market to see what's in demand,
> with luck and a little help from your friends you find a place to use the
> skills.
> In my case I arrived in Japan in 1980, an unemployed anthropologist with
> wife who was doing an advanced degree in Japanese literature and a
>four-year old daughter. Anthropology didn't get me a job. Writing skills
>and a better than basic knowledge of computers and a list of names from a
>friend who had been in the ad business here did that......

I'd like to applaud John McCreery for his approach to seeking non-academic
alternatives to employment. My wife and I are both physical anthropologists
who have been working outside of academia for more than 10 years. Believe
me, with the skills and background you acquire as an anthropologist there
are any number of non-academic positions suited to your talents. The
hardest part is switching from the "I've got to get an academic postion to
be an anthropologist" mode of thinking. I've enjoyed being an
anthropologist for more than 10 years without academia and I am sure there
are many others out there who can say the same.

Douglas B. Hanson, Ph.D.
Bioengineering Department
Forsyth Dental Center
140 Fenway
Boston, MA 02115