Careers After an English Major
Critical Thinking. Creativity. Clarity. Precision. Adaptability.
These are just a few skills that English Majors take with them into the job market. Whether you are interested in business, teaching, professional writing, journalism, publishing, entertainment, or working in law, an English degree provides you with an adaptable skill set you can apply to a variety of professions.
Hear from English Major Alumni
How did your English degree prepare you for your career?
My English degree helped me see a whole person in front of me, someone not so different from myself yet entirely different at the same time. Reading and studying works of literature helped me understand the complexity and curiosity of being human, which more than anything—more than learning to cite sources, consider opposing views, you name it—has made me the teacher I am today.
-Martin Nash, English Professor
Being an English major not only taught me how to communicate effectively in writing but also gave me the critical thinking skills that have proven to be indispensable during my career in digital technology.
-Andrew Mascola, User Experience Designer
The degree opened several doors for me to career opportunities. My first job after college was working for Bank of America. The writing skills I learned by majoring in English helped me distinguish myself as a banker. My English major also trained me to become a freelance journalist where I wrote a weekly human interest column for 15 years for the East Bay Times. And today, because I also earned a Master’s Degree in English, I am a professor of English at Las Positas College. I encourage students to consider pursuing an English degree and to discover the many career opportunities available after graduation.
-Jim Ott, EdD, former Bank CEO and columnist and current English Professor
Probably the greatest influence that obtaining my degree has had on my preparation for this career is having some brilliant, talented, creative, and inspirational educators. They not only taught me the book parts, but they corrected me when I was goofing off and not fulfilling my potential and trying to be cool for the sake of my friends. They encouraged my writings and my imagination. Some taught me how to be a serious and focused learner, modelling those behaviors with love and grace and a certain coolness that appealed to me. Others were outright rebels to traditional teaching, informing me of what I needed to know in life with greater emphasis than book stuff. These teachers run the gamut from elementary, junior high, and high schools as well as the universities that I attended. I don't know how they did it, other than to suppose that they had big hearts and time and maybe saw something in me that I did not see myself.
-Kisha Turner, English Professor
Additional Career Resources
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