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A Note to An English Major

Contemplating a Career


Night Reading

Night Reading


What do you say when someone asks you why you're an English major? You may have taken up the major simply because you love to read. What will you do with the degree? I think English majors across the country probably all hear the same thing: "So do you plan to teach English in high school... or college..?" Or, at least it seems that the question is always some derivative of that.

I became an English major because I enjoy reading literature, and I enjoy writing about it (which seemed a perfect combination to me). But, then, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that I really wasn't drawn to becoming a teacher.

That's not to say that many readers aren't really great teachers (I've met, and have LOVED to learn from) many English professors and teachers, who probably started out their adventure with the passion for reading (and never lot the love). It gives them the daily excuse (and pleasure) of reading and discussion books and literature. Though it sometime seems to be a thankless job, it's also one that is peopled with a whole host of readers, many of whom (like me) who will be forever thankful for their decision to go into the teaching profession. 

But, I know that teaching is not for everyone... So, here are some other ideas for professions that you might enjoy:

  • Lawyer
  • Journalist
  • Novelist
  • Marketing writer
  • Publicist
  • Researcher/Fact-Checker
  • Copywriter
  • Editor
  • Fundraiser/Grant Writer

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