(Closed) What did you do with your English degree???

posted 4 years ago in 20 Something
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I teach high school English, which is what I intended to do after I graduated. I’ve heard many people have success with doing technical writing or editing for companies. 

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I’m a Technical Writer for a software company. Prior to this, I worked weird sales job that I hated, but I love what I’m doing now. I’m in a different state, but my company has an office about 2 hours away from you in MO. If software documentation intrigues you at all, feel free to PM me. 

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper

It sounds like you’re off to a good start with some impressive internships on your cv! Basically my advice would be to just cast your net super wide. Apply for anything and everything that sounds remotely appealing. Including internships. 

I attended a book publishing course the summer after college and then worked in book publishing with an academic press for the first 5 years of my career post-college. I then moved to a financial firm where I edited research papers. Now I’m a full time freelancer, writing/editing blogs and social media content for businesses in the home improvement and medical fields. You can do so much with an English major! 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

I will be teaching high school English, with a focus on literacy and teaching English to speakers of other languages. I was originally just a straight English major, but I took an education class and wound up hooked. 

Post # 6
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Honey bee

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michik :  My cousin earned a BA in English and went straight to get a Master’s in Education. She teaches English middle school now.

My god sister also has a BA in English but she works as a full time store manager for a department store.

Another god sister with a BA in English works as a kindergarden teacher.

Post # 7
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Newbee

With my BA in English, I worked as a copywriter (for a branding agency and in-house for companies), tutored (privately and for universities), taught at a charter school, and was contracted on freelance projects that included blogging, writing articles, and ghostwriting books. And I published my own work in creative writing journals (not sure if you’re more on the creative writing or lit studies side of the BA?). I ended up going back to grad school for my MFA in creative writing (halfway through now), which includes designing and teaching creative writing courses at my university, and when I graduate, I’ll probably end up adjuncting at local colleges until I get enough experience to land a tenure track position.

It hasn’t been easy for sure–there just aren’t many clear-cut career paths for English majors. But if you love what you do, there are tons of opportunities–you just have to be willing to make (okay, sometimes it feels like forcing) your own way and make peace with the uncertainty.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

My English undergrad degree allowed me to get into grad school to study Philosophy, and I taught classes at three colleges in both Philosophy and English. Obviously you’d need to continue on in your education to teach at the college level, but the BA will allow you to teach at lower levels. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

I work for a language services agency (also an interpreter, my degree helped). I write a lot of templates and proposals for the agency to use. I also review what other colleagues write in addition to manuals, communications with outside vendors, etc. 

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

My first job out of college with my BA was as an Admin Asst …not quite up my alley, but it’s what I was offered and the pay was good. Stuck that out for about seven years before I knew it was time to move on. I just started a new career as a copywriter/social media/blogger in the corporate division of a large retail company. I love, love, love it.

One thing that helped bolster my resume was working as a freelancer for a literary review/resource site. I didn’t get paid but I got a lot of good experience, plus having your writing published online is a good thing! So if you end up with a less-than-ideal job, look for/create opportunities outside of your job. Reach out to small, local nonprofits and see if you can help with website copy or email templates, whatever the case may be. Good luck!

 

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

When I graduated, I worked as a PR assistant for a comedy club in LA. I hated it and just wanted to work at a university, so I eventually got a job as an executive/campaign assistant in fundraising at a big university. I’ve since moved states, but am doing pretty much the same job at a smaller uni. I can’t say I love my job, but it pays reasonably well, it has good benefits, and I have good job security.

I use my English degree all the time, since I write our stewardship notes, appeal letters, e-newsletter copy, etc. Good luck! It’s hard finding a path, but an English degree is a really flexible one. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

I have a BA in English Lit and cultural history and I work for a bank haha! In all seriousness I am a project manager and whilst it’s not directly related to my degree, I have found that my experience in university and with my specific degree, has given me the ability to articulate myself and present work to a certain level! I produce a lot of internal documents and colleague often comment on the quality of my work. I think that sometimes you can underestimate the power of an English degree and narrow down your search options to fields of work that seem related, when your degree will help you in lots of different roles. I think someone else also said this but cast your net wide. There will be jobs out there that you may not automatically consider so search a little wider. This degree will allow you to keep your options open and ultimately let you find a job you LOVE! Good luck xxx 

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2018

I graduated with my honours degree, panicked and lived in my mom’s basement for a few months to figure out my next move, and then got an internship at a magazine in Vancouver. From there, I did a few summer placements with newspapers, and then became a full time reporter and then editor. Then I was recruited into government communications, which was a crazy fun experience until our leader resigned in disgrace, oops, and now I do communications and social media for a non-profit.

So my advice is not to panic. Get all the experience you can, trust yourself, and keep learning with every opportunity that comes your way. English fits into so many careers. And also, as a communications professional now, all the social media experience you can get will ensure you can always find a job!

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I graduated with a BA in English Lit this year and after months of applying to Universities, publishing companies and so on, nothing ever turned up. So I ended up finding a job as an Account Manager for a corporate company with a very good salary given my age and that I am just starting my career. So far I really love my job and although it isn’t directly in my field, I communicate well with clients and I can write some brilliant emails lol everyone at work is constantly asking me how to spell words when they write emails lol 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee

Congrats on nearly finishing! 

Theres a few English degrees in my family:

(1) Dad, went on to do masters and a PhD, now an English prof at university. Seems good if you’re heavily into academics, he has a lot of flexibility with working hours and also writes random books on the side. 

(2) Mum, works as an English teacher and loves it.

(3) Best friend worked in copywriting and then communications, and now is an editor at a publishing company. She was against doing communications at the beginning, but took it for the money and experience, and used it as a stepping stone.

It seems pretty varied from what I gather. Just think about where you want to go with it and start applying! 

xo

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