Something that drives every English major crazy while going through school is the question “What are you going to do with an English degree?”
At one point, while working through college, I overheard a former supervisor saying, “She’s getting an English degree. You can’t do anything with that!”
And I was happy for the irony when, after graduating, I turned in my notice and mentioned I was going to work at a publishing office. When that very supervisor asked how I got the job, I responded, “I just got my English degree.”
While print publishers are not doing as well as they used to, there are still plenty of opportunities for English majors.
While everyone has heard of editors, proofreaders and the like, seemingly no one makes the connection between those jobs and people with English degrees.
There’s a good reason for English majors to hate the idea that there is nothing they can do with their degree — and not just out of defensiveness.
If someone’s a biology and chemistry major, do they actually have the title of “biologist” or “chemist”? Sometimes, but other times, people simply make the connection between a biologist and someone getting into the medical field, or between a chemist and someone involved in pharmaceutical work or product development of some kind.
And while everyone has heard of editors, proofreaders and the like, seemingly no one makes the connection between those jobs and people with English degrees. Most of the general public just automatically goes with the stereotype that there is nothing you can do with this degree.
- Find out just a few jobs for English majors.
- Why English majors are good at their jobs, proof that they can move up, and things to consider.
This topic is for both English major and naysayers alike — please share!
*Blog entry republished from my old blog, Artistically Writing.
**While most of the micro-stories here are not generally based on true stories, this one is. 🙂