As an English major, I am often questioned about my future career plans. Sometimes, I find that I am questioned by individuals who have no business in my future endeavors, and sometimes I am annoyed because I am a fairly introverted person and do not always want to talk about my life to a complete stranger. However, I most often encounter people who just assume I will be a teacher. Education is a great field for a variety of degrees, and I respect anyone brave enough to go into it. I am not one of these brave people. I am going a different way with my degree and believe me when I say there are plenty of different paths for me to choose from. In this post, I will share a few different paths that you can take with an English degree.
Are you looking for something in the business field? With an English degree you can find careers in human resources, marketing, management, and much more. English majors have to lean to engage in critical discussions
and explain their ideas with one another. Creativity and critical thinking are important aspects in business if not life in general. I know a few English majors who have taken out minors in business, marketing, and accounting.
I also know people who major in one of these other areas and minor in English. These are all very compatible with English because the student can combine what he or she learns in English with business. This is not what I have chosen to do, but it is still a great option.
Information Services and Library Science
English is a great precursor for a library and information science degree, as it is for many other degrees. This also happens to be my area of choice. With this degree you can work in libraries,
museums, hospitals, medical school, research labs, and so on. Of course, research is a great component in any setting. I can assure you will have to do research some point in your life. In fact, I would be surprised if you have not done any yet. If you are good at finding and utilizing information then is a good area to explore. I have always liked searching databases to find articles to read. Libraries have some of the best databases, so I always found myself in the library growing up. I have always loved the library; it is a place full of free books, after all.
Writing and Publishing
This one may be a bit obvious, but many English majors have careers in writing and publishing. You can find a career in social media or you can write the next great novel. You could work for a publishing agency or you can open your own. Many of you know that I love to read and write (most people with blogs enjoy writing to some extent). I want to write and work in a library. English is great for both careers. Maybe I’m biased, (I’m defiantly biased) but English had got to be the greatest degree ever!
Others: Law, Religion, Politics, Education
A few other options for English majors are jobs in law, religion, political science, and education. Who said there were no career opportunities for English majors? You can become anything from a politician to a priest. What other degrees have that kind of variety? English is a flexible degree and that is one reason I chose it. I feel like I have options with English, and I can take classes I enjoy. I get a lot of eye rolls when I tell people I am an English major, but these are not people I feel compelled to prove myself to. I understand that choosing your major can be a frightening experience for some; it was for me. Ultimately, your major is up to you. You are the only person who can make yourself happy, so just pick what you want. It does not matter what the guy who sits beside you in your statistics class thinks about your choice; chances are you do not even know his/her name.
English is a great degree, and I can tell you that I enjoy being an English major. If you are interested in English but are not sure then take a few writing and literature classes. If you do not like them then you can try something else. I personally have no regrets.
Are you thinking about becoming an English major? If you are, continue to read my series! If you have any questions leave me a comment. As always, like my post and check back every other Wednesday for a new one!