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

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 31
1633 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I was an English major and went to law school. Good advice by other posters here – I just came here to say that I read the title of your post to the tune of that “Drunken Sailor” sea shanty. 😄

Post # 32
33 posts

Another English major who went to law school here! Before law school, though, I worked in insurance (management), tutored middle schoolers and high schoolers, and taught briefly (I don’t know how teachers do it–saints, I tell you!). I am now working as an attorney for a branch of the military, and I love it.

Post # 33
463 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

Sorry first part not helpful at all. This  made me think of this song:



but really, you should search, try lots of new things, take time to figure out what you want to do. Not what you can do with your degree. Hell, I have a BA in economics and I teach English to Japanese kids…your career and path in life don’t have to be determined by your degree.

do what makes you happy.

Post # 34
200 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I would try marketing out again. We have a marketing department at my job and they don’t seem sleezy so I think that was probably just a bad experience. Does your college have a career center? Mine did, and they offered free counseling for two years for alums. They might be able to give you some ideas of what to persue and places you might be interested in working.

Post # 35
373 posts
Helper bee

Another vote for fundraising! 

My first job after graduating with a Bachelor of Communication (minor in English) was in corporate communications for a major bank and I hated it. I loved the writing aspect of it, but dealing with media was stressful and the work in general was very unfulfilling (also my boss was incredibly hard to work with).

After a year and a half, I left that job and ended up working for a local not-for-profit in fund development. I get to work on grants, draft content for our mail campaigns, and write one-pagers for the programs we offer to solicit donations. The stress is minimal, my co-workers are fantastic, and everyone is working towards a great cause. 

Before I graduated, I felt the same way you did, but I’ve quickly come to realize that good oral and written communication skills are incredibly valuable to any organization.

Post # 36
13597 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

My only advice on this is to not go grad school in any field unless you know that you really want to commit to that field.  Otherwise, it’s a risky financial decision. 

Post # 37
401 posts
Helper bee

Chiming in to say that also, if you find an unrelated field that you decide you really want to be in, your undergrad degree doesn’t have to limit you. My master’s degree is in the architecture school (I’m historic preservation) and there’s a lot of students who came in with degrees not related to history or architecture or planning. 

Since you say you like planning and organizing, have you looked into urban planning? It’s a pretty in-demand field, especially if you are moving to a decent sized city, and I think it’s really interesting. In fact, I’m thinking about doing a dual-master’s and adding urban planning to mine. 

I’m also a freelance writer, I work through a platform called UpWork online. It’s decent money, nothing amazing but if you don’t have to work full time, it can easily bring in $500-$1200 a month depending on how much work you do, and the longer you’ve done it the more you can charge your clients. I’ve worked through there for three years and only had two or three difficult clients or ones who weren’t reliable about payment.

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