What did you do with your English/ Humanities Major?

posted 2 years ago in Career
Post # 2
5845 posts
Bee Keeper

You could take the TESL course and teach ESL either locally or abroad (if you’re flexible with travel, a year overseas is great experience and pays well. 

You could apply to local universities as a teaching assistant. 

You may want to consider teacher’s college or graduate studies to open more doors. 

If you have an affinity for writing, you can try your hand at creative writing, but this is a tough competitive option and you have to think of it more as a hobby that could lead to Stephen King-esque riches than a realistic option for a paycheque. 

Good luck Bee ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 3
8963 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

becomingmichi :  Not a damn thing. I planned on teaching but when I didn’t get into the teaching program I wanted, I took a temp job in an office and discovered I had a knack for computers. It was interesting and paid well so I stuck with it. 20 years later my humanities degree wins me trivia games at BWW and I make fat stacks of cash at a job that has nothing to do with it. Having a degree (any degree) does get me interviews and consideration that I wouldn’t otherwise have though, so I don’t regret it at all. Congratulations on your upcoming graduation and good luck in the next phase of life!

Post # 4
1780 posts
Buzzing bee

I have 2 friends who did English majors- one works in a mall jewelry store and has a blog she makes no money on; the other does data entry/customer service.

I dont know the majors of other friends but a couple make minimal money doing writing-related stuff. One get paid per article she submits to a website. Another worked for a local newspaper but the pay was crap so she now works selling cell phones (her major might have been communications). And I have a friend who got awards for writing, had a short stint as a private school teacher, and now joined the military because she can’t pay her debts/loans off.

Post # 6
3754 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I’m a high school English teacher, and that is what I planned on doing with my degree. I eventually hope to get into curriculum development though. 

Post # 7
112 posts
Blushing bee

Went on to get an MA and a PhD in literature, and I’m an English professor now ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Post # 8
1409 posts
Bumble bee

I did a major in English and a minor in Psychology.  I started out working in a college as a program coordinator and in finance (I also had training in accounting and business administraton), then a few years after that I switched to the health care setting and have been working in research administration ever since and I enjoy it.  It’s not my dream job, but it’s pretty much what I hoped for once I graduated – good government job, good pay, good benefits and pension, lots of vacation time.

Post # 9
183 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

This thread is pretty bleak! I took my English degree to an education-focused non-profit. I marked it as strong communication skills (personal communication, not Comunications the discipline). I started at an admin level and am now a senior program manager. I’ve been at it for almost 5 years now and have been slowly moving into more of an operations role. I’m work now on a move to the office of the COO, with the ultimate goal to become a COO one day. It’s all about how you sell it to potential employers!

Post # 10
902 posts
Busy bee

Went back to school and got a Master of Accounting. Now I work in FP&A. 

It was a good call for me, even if I kind of stumbled into this career path by accident and picked accounting on a whim. I really love what I do. Plus there’s actually a lot of writing in my field, so it works out. 

Post # 11
670 posts
Busy bee

I’m in my 40s now but I had wanted to get this type of degree but my parents talked me out of it and I went into a science related field.  So I can find jobs, but didn’t pursue my # 1 interest, which was literature and writing.  I learned that I’m a terrible creative writer, but I’m a pretty good technical writer!

look into technical writing if you like to write…I currently work for a training department and I write instructions and training materials.  There’s always a need for that – in virtually every field, and can pay very well (tech industry, pharma)

it takes a certain level of skill to write a good technical document, have you looked into that option?


ETA:  I have been in healthcare related companies, and also I had a coworker with an English degree, fresh out of college that they hired as a document control administator.  He was in charge of our documents, keeping them up to date, etc…it sounds dry, but it’s a foot in the door.  Sell your own skills and talents, good writers are not easy to find these days!  Hardly anyone even uses the right “your” any more!


Post # 12
1430 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

I think my English degree helped with my writing skills. For work, I write most of our templates, communications, Social Media and newletter content. 

I think English majors should highlight their degree while on interviews in different fields – a good writer/communicator is valuable in every industry. 

Post # 13
9782 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2019

I absolutely loved my English Literature/Writing degree and kept with it because I loved it – I originally planned to change to the Commerce degree I wanted to do originally after a year. Because I only had one area of study, I couldn’t go into teaching even if I wanted to.

I ended up doing some postgrad study in commerce but didnt finish it. I am a 2nd year Tax Consultant now. I also volunteer at a children’s education charity in the administration part. 

However, there are opportunities out there for English degrees, few and far between though they may be. Good luck bee and let us know what you end up doing!

Post # 14
1352 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - The Lodge at Little Seneca Creek

I had no idea what I wanted to do with my future while I was working on my bachelor’s in English. I didn’t think I wanted to become a teacher, but this opportunity of tutoring first and second graders fell into my lap, and I LOVED it. So my plan was to get my master’s in teaching and then become an elementary school teacher. Well, since I would have needed a TON of prerequisites for an elementary teaching master’s, I decided to go with Secondary English. Now I teach 6th grade English, and I absolutely love it! Teaching is NOT for everyone though, so don’t go into teaching without doing some research and maybe subbing a few days if you’re able to.

Post # 15
2272 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

My first degree was English Lit. I went back and got a second degree in English Ed. I started as an admin asst. I did some temp technical writing jobs. My first decent job was writing/editing for a large hospital system. That was a decent salary, but not for me. I taught language arts for 5 years. I got burned out at that so went back to school (again) and became a nurse. 

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