(Closed) What do you do with an English major?

posted 4 years ago in Career
Post # 2
2060 posts
Buzzing bee

I have an English major. 

You can get jobs in editing, marketing, customer service (I work in a customer service department that’s almost entirely email based, so writing skills are important), public relations, and grant writing, just to start. 

While an English major may not be the EXACT major a lot of places are looking for, it also has a lot of flexibility. It proves you have a mastery of the written (and spoken) word and that you’ll be able to write and speak professionally. 

  • This reply was modified 3 years, 6 months ago by  janeblack.
Post # 4
3727 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Many large companies hire English majors to edit/create manuals or to create training materials. You say you like the planning side of teaching, so maybe something along those lines might fit what you’re looking for.  I’m an English major too, but I’m a teacher, so that doesn’t really help lol.

Post # 6
9097 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Pfft, it’s not pathetic. You’ll find your footing. 🙂

Post # 8
95 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

My mom was an english major and ended up working in advertising and writing ads/brochures for specialized equipment for a company that made various industrial meters and such. (Very exciting stuff!) She did go back and get a masters in communications to make her more employable in advertising. After many years, she got another masters and became a therapist. 

I also got a BA in english. I went the law school route and LOVED it. I ended up in an area of law that is basically an 8-5 type of career and I work from home a lot, so I don’t feel completely overwhelmed by my job. I’m also already home or just getting home when my Fiance (who is a teacher) gets home and we’re able to spend our evenings and weekends together. I know my schedule is very different than some of my other friends from law school, but I love my job and the life it gives me!

Post # 9
139 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

I worked in online content after uni. I had a double degree in English and media with honours, my thesis was on online media regulation.

I worked doing content for a company that generated their revenue from ads around the articles. Ultimately I’ve gone back to uni, but the online gig was good, not overly demanding or technical and it was possible to creative. 

Now that I’m back at uni I’m runnjng a small English tutoring business, it isn’t demanding, pays well and is flexible. It has grown at such a rate I am considering employing additional tutors.

My cousin did an English degree, his thesis was on Holocaust literature and he is now an entrepeneur, he had a few businesses but has hit it with an online insurance business.

An English degree gives you good anayltical and communication skills and I think more business are starting to value that. Hopefully you can find something.

Post # 10
1688 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I got a Master of Library and Information Studies after my BA in English and within a year of finishing that became a public library director. I think being a librarian is the bee’s knees and would highly recommend that route. 

Post # 12
139 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

penny2015:  futuremrsg18:  What area of law are you working in? I’m in my penultimate semester and trying to decide on a specialty.

haha the indecision never ends  

Post # 13
1312 posts
Bumble bee

I have an English degree, and currently work in a casino but want to get a certificate soon to supplement my degree. I got my degree because I either wanted to go to law school or become a professor, but then discovered I didn’t want either of those things lol. I’m still a very creative person and love writing, so I wrote a novel! I attempted to have it traditionally published, but it didn’t pan out so I self-published on Amazon! I love having people read my work, and I’ve made a bit of money, too! Since it sounds like you won’t be worrying about money, I’d focus on just getting a job to pay your bills and do something creative on the side: writing, selling crafts on etsy, etc. 

Post # 15
1961 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I know you said you previously had a bad experience in marketing, but I think a more content/communications role at a company might be a good fit. I believe roles like this exist at hospitals and health care systems if that appeals to you at all. (How amazing would it be to work for Cleveland Clinic?!)

Content marketing and technical writing/editing positions defintiely exist at software companies (and many other types of companies as well).

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