(Closed) Associate's in English?

posted 5 years ago in College
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I have a Bachelor’s in English and am a Technical Writer.

I love it!! I do a lot of editing, I get to do a little graphic design (self-taught), I get to put out our newsletter, and I get to help with proposals. I also get to do a little web editing (self-taught) and marketing 🙂

I’m a jack of all trades, and I make a liveable salary with my BA in English 😉

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

FI majored in English, and he’s a grant writer, but he has his bachelors. What do you WANT to do? Why are you choosing English?

ETA – To be honest, I don’t know of any jobs that would require only an associates, especially in a subject like English. I’d recommend getting your bachelors instead of the associates or at least after the associates, or choosing a subject where an assockates would adequately prepare you for a career.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

A lot of executives look for English majors to be their right hand, so “executive assistant” is another possibility. I have an English degree and this is my current job. I should also add that being an assistant is a good way to start in a company and get promoted to something else.  

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

What can you do with an associates in English? Pretty much nothing. I’m graduating with my master’s in English soon and the only thing I’m qualified for is teaching, which you need a BA for. The job market is tough and English degrees pull in practically no money. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@ssttpp:  I disagree with this PARTIALLY.

An English degree alone doesn’t get you much… but an English degree + work experience can get you somewhere just fine!

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

An English degree isn’t going to get you far, especially only a 2-year degree. I suggest looking for something that has more of a job market.

One of my co-workers started off majoring in English. Then he realized he wanted to be able to afford food, he switched majors and got a degree in Computer Programming. His wife has an English degree, she’s an English teacher.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@StefLovesJamie:  well here’s my advice…

Get your associates and then start applying for receptionist/executive assistsant jobs or, if you can, unpaid internships…ANY sort of office internship.

Maintain a position while getting your Bachelor’s

A BA in English plus office experience will give you the best chance of finding a career in the field.

FTR, I graduated in 2009 with my BA in English and had a job the day I graduated — but only because I had work experience!

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Oh oh — and try tutoring at your college’s writing center 🙂 That also will give you some additional work experience in the field.

 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I agree that the “jumping off” point should be towards a bachelor’s degree.  Some things I’ve read have said that unless the AA is in a specialized trade, it is basically the same as not having an AA in terms of hiring power and experience.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@GoldfishPie:  but going the AA first route kind of makes sense in this economy… it is far cheaper to go to a community college for 2 years and a University for another 2 years. You end up with the same thing: a Bachelor’s, but you pay less.

That being said, OP, do look into the University’s policies where you plan to go to get your BA because they will have policies about how many credits they will take from a community college.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@StefLovesJamie:   Ok I was just asking why you chose it because if you can identify what it is you like about English, that may help you determine what you want to do.

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