English At A Glance

Some people may be wondering why studying English is a good idea. Some people may think that English majors can only get a job as a teacher. Others will say, “English students won’t be able to get a good job. They should study a subject where they have a better chance at getting a good, high paying job. For example: Math, Science, Medicine, or Law”. However, they don’t realize how much a degree in English has to offer.

My blog will focus on what studying English is like and getting jobs related to that degree. However, it is important to tell you  about my decision to major in English.

Why I Majored in English

It took me a while to decide what I wanted to study in college. I had dreams and aspirations of doing something worthwhile and meaningful. I also wanted to study something I love and was passionate about.

My last two years of high school and first two years of college, I planned on studying elementary education. However, I took some education classes and realized, early on, that becoming a teacher wasn’t for me. I had to make a decision- and fast! Time was fast approaching for me to leave my two-year community college and move to a university.

I met with a counselor at Northern Illinois University and she told me, “Do something you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life”. I took those words to heart. I asked myself what class I had always loved in school. One word came to mind,  English. I met with my guidance counselor and told her my decision. She told me that by majoring in English, I had a lot of doors open to me. There are many career options for English majors. Roosevelt University lists these jobs: technical writer, technical editor, journalist, copy editor, proofreader, and public relations professional to name a few. I will go into more detail about these jobs and many others in a later blog post.

Yale University’s English Statement

Yale University has a page on their website called, Why Major in English?  Yale writes, “Many of [the] skills like the ability to read analytically and write well, are more and more prized, as the support for reading education has declined while the need for it has increased. Unlike most technical knowledge, the English major’s tools  will never be obsolete. More important, the English major’s training goes beyond such marketable skills; to read well is to reflect on values and ends, not just means”.

Employment Rates for English Majors

Carolyn Gregoire, senior writer of the Huffington Post, writes in her article, In Defense of the ‘Impractical’ English Major, “According to 2010-2011 data from the Georgetown Center on Education and Workforce, cited by The Atlantic, right after graduation, English and History majors reported 9.8 and 9.5 percent unemployment, respectively, while economic and political science graduates came in at 10.4 and 11.1 percent”.

Choosing what to study in college is hard enough. There are a lot of things to consider: Will I enjoy learning about it; Can I make money with my chosen area of study; Will I want to do something in this field of study for the rest of my life?

Choose something you will love.


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