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

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

shouthuzzah:  INALJ.com is a great place to start. Check out the blogs there and see how you  feel about it. You could also make an appointment with your local librarian and pick her/his brain. They’re usually happy to make appointments with members of the public.

Post # 17
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

shouthuzzah:  penny2015:  I started working in personal injury on the plaintiffs side (Think car accidents and slip and falls…) I absolutely HATED every minute of that job because it felt like all busy work and I felt very skeezy. 

I ended up on an off chance interviewing at at workers’ compensation defense firm that a friend from law school worked at, and I got the job. Workers’ comp is it’s own beast and it’s a niche area, but every one I know has decent hours, the pay is good, and a lot of defense attorneys work from home. Since my clients are insurance companies and never see me in person, if I’m not in court, then I’m working from my couch in my sweats/yoga pants. Unless I’m driving home from a hearing that ran until 5, I’m always home before 5 (usually done with my work by 3-4), and spending time with my Fiance. I would also say my job is very low stress as far as lawyer jobs go. 

It’s not the job I thought I would have as I saw myself as a glamorous litigation lawyer in the fancy courts, but I love it and it’s really improved my quality of life. Plus, I feel like I can have kids with this job and actually see them. 

If either of you have specific questions, I’m happy to discuss privately. I could go on and on about work comp and how much I loved law school, but it would bore most people to tears. 

Post # 19
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

shouthuzzah:  Feel free to message me! I’m always happy to give people advice about law school/a legal career. I kinda fell into my job, but I have no regrets even if it’s different than how I pictured things!

Post # 22
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Sugar bee

“I don’t want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don’t want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, I don’t want to do that.”

– Lloyd Dobbler

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

FutureMrsBex:  came here to say this!

I started job searching within the past few months and realized that a lot of companies really only care that you have a degree. I got a bunch of interviews and really they only asked if I was sure I was going to graduate. Go after what you’re interested in (within reason). I mean, I’m not saying you can expect to become a doctor with a Bachelors in English Lit, but for the most part you’ll do well. Being well spoken and being able to communicate well is very important. Your degree will be appreciated.

Post # 24
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Sugar bee

shouthuzzah:  what about getting your paralegal certificate? Most people I know that have gone that route have gotten jobs pretty quickly. If you hate it, you haven’t wasted a lot of time or money (and it will help you decide whether law school is right for you or not).

Worst case is the skills/information you learn will benefit you the rest of your life (e.g. contract basics, real estate basics, research skills, etc.).

Post # 25
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

shouthuzzah:  I think you have pretty much the run of things. As PP have mentioned, it’s the having a degree that matters for most companies and especially for entry level positions. I would think of what your truly enjoy doing and start searching in those fields. 

I do want to add-I’m glad you know teaching isn’t for you. I’m a high school English teacher (Bachelor’s in SecondaRy English Ed abd Master’s in Ed) and I absolutely hate when people say, “Well. I can always just teach.” It’s such a slap in the face to my profession and what we work to do, so thank you. 

Back on topic, I’ve always been interested in publishing and think working around and with books would be incredible. Take some time and see what’s out there! 

Post # 27
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Helper bee

shouthuzzah:  hey! You sound exactly like me, about two years ago until…now. Haha I have an English degree as well and I was like what the hell am I going to do. I was in dental school for about two years and then decided that it wasn’t the life I wanted to lead. I dropped out and almost immediately regreted it. I wanted that security and the respect that being a doctor afforded me. 

Well, fast forward some years later and I’m writing. I worked at a publishing company for like a day and was like HELLLL TO THE NO! But now I write or a very popular and esteemed magazine in central California and now ive started my own blog that has to do with wedding shenanigans. Do I make a lot of money?um no, but I feel so great when I’m writing. Almost entranced from the comfort and fluidity of it all. Also, I plan to open an online boutique as soon as I recover from the wedding. Sky is the limit , girl! try doing what you love with or without  your defree-it will come to you. 

Post # 28
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I don’t have really specific advice but I was going to mention writing content for marketing groups or non profit fundraising-things like that. Many of those that I know of are freelancers and can be very successful and stable financially especially once the portfolio and reputation are built up a bit. 

Post # 29
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Fundraising. You’ll always be high in demand, well paid and it’s personally rewarding work. Your degree is an asset in my field.

Post # 30
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

futuremrsg18:  Thanks for your response, I really enjoyed torts so have considered it. The only bar is the civil liability act being such a bitch . I am currently working in property and know they aren’t what I want to do. 

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