In May, Ali’s out of here. That’s right, she’s graduating and it’s time to find a job with her English degree. This season, Ali’s hitting office hours to learn the lesson everyone’s looking for but no one teaches, ADLT 1000: How to Get a Job. This is Professors Are People Too.
Professors Are People Too is a show hosted by an English major looking to find the person behind the Ph.D. Trying to rebuild the professor-student relationship, host Ali Oshinskie takes us on a tour of the professors who transformed her learning experience from lecture-hall lost to office-hour happy. In collaboration with University of Connecticut’s English Department and WHUS, UConn’s Sound Alternative, this podcast ventures off the syllabus into lessons that can’t be graded.
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- Podington Bear – Two Faces
- Composition by Edward Elgar, Performance by Unknown – Pomp and Circumstance
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ALI OSHINSKIE, HOST: On May 7th, I’ll be leaving this place, my university, my friends, and as much as you know I hate to say it, my professors. On that day, I can call them by their first names. I can walk comfortably over the University of Connecticut seal knowing my diploma will be in the mail within six weeks. And the next day, I can go out into the world and find a job with my English major.
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This season, on Professors are People Too.
OSHINSKIE: I guess this part of early adulthood is realizing like maybe I can be that thing that I never imagined being.
I’ll go to some office hours.
DWIGHT CODR: I mean, I guess the first thing is, you know, one never really signs up for a career.
OSHINSKIE: Ask a couple of relevant questions.
So, yeah, what do I do with an English major?
Try some networking.
MELANIE HEPBURN: Sean might doing intro e-mail himself —
SEAN FORBES: Yes.
HEPBURN: Saying I have this awesome student who is going to be reaching out to you. She has incredible skills. She’s going to be on the job market.
FORBES: I could do it. I could do it in the next week.
OSHINSKIE: And maybe find a —
Like an internship job, like a —
FORBES: Or it could be a job, job.
OSHINSKIE: A job. It’s so scary. It’s like could I just do another internship?
Professors are People Too. Find us on iTunes, Stitcher, WHUS.org and wherever office hours are held.
CODR: You could call yourself the pod-mother.
OSHINSKIE: I’ll consider that.
Episode four coming March 20th.