Using Your English Degree
What can you do with an English degree? Plenty! Skills possessed by English majors–the ability to think critically, communicate effectively, perform research, influence and persuade, write creatively, edit appropriately, present alternate viewpoints, and clarify ideas–are highly valued in many fields.
Some English majors choose to teach in a K-12 setting; some take the GRE and go to graduate school in English or a sister field; some take the LSAT and apply to law school; others take the MCAT and apply to medical school. But if none of these options sound appealing, don’t worry: a wide range of career choices is open to you. Simply plan ahead to make yourself readily marketable. For example:
- Choose your minor strategically (such as advertising/public relations, creative writing, information technology, linguistics, marketing, professional communications, radio television and film, technical writing, theatre arts, etc.) to boost the interest of potential employers in your chosen field;
- Join local chapters of related professional organizations–many offer inexpensive student memberships and provide excellent networking opportunities;
- Seek out internships to gain experience if at all possible (some are available through the English Department for course credit);
- Make sure you assemble your best work in your English 4199 portfolio (especially if you’re going into any field that involves written communication)
- Attend the UA Little Rock Career Extravaganza and workshops across campus regarding resume preparation, interview preparation, and the like.
- Work hard and get good grades
If you follow these suggestions, you should graduate with the foundation you need to go far in your chosen career. (For fun and inspiration, you might enjoy reading this list of famous English majors.)
Job Search Links
The links listed below lead to sites that may help you in your job search.
- AACC Careerline: Jobs in Community Colleges
- Advertising and Media Jobs
- Career Path: Job openings from six major newspapers.
- The Chronicle of Higher Education: (Subscription Based)
Job Openings. A searchable database by geographical region and key words.
- Idealist.org: Nonprofit jobs
- JobLink for Journalists
- MLA’s Job Information List (subscription based)
- The Monster Board: Nation-wide job opportunities.
- monstertrak: Connects employers with college students, recent grads and career centers
- NCTE Job Listing/Job Search: A service of the National Council of Teachers of English
- Society of Technical Communicators (STC) (subscription based)
Provides job bank for communicators of technical information (technical writers, editors, illustrators, web designers, etc.)
- Teaching Jobs
- TV Jobs: Broadcast Employment Services
- UALR Counseling and Career Planning Services: Job Listings