What Will You Do With an English Degree?
My major is confusing people a bit. Could it be that older students who could back (or start) college want to get into the popular fields of healthcare, IT or psychology, and not English. For those who know me, my major isn't too surprising, being a writer and all, but everyone has the same question, "What do you do with an English degree?" To answer that you just need to go on Indeed or check Dear English Major, a very supportive website for those with an English calling. The possibilities are vast. You can work as an editor, a content writer, or work in any number of marketing departments of large corporations. You can go into technical writing, or provide content for websites. The point is that there is a definite need for someone who cares about putting together a coherent sentence. Just go onto the internet if you don't believe me. You could also chase my particular dream of moving to Seattle, working for IMDB, interviewing celebrities, and writing content for their site (yes, it's a real job).
Or, you could give back by indulging one of my long-time career fantasies (other than that short stint when I wanted to be Julie on The Love Boat) and become a teacher. More specifically for me, a college professor. Every once in a while I let myself daydream and dwell on stereotypical fantasies of large halls filled with eager students, and talking about writing and/or literature all day long. I would wear shirt dresses with oxfords, thick framed glasses, carry an beautiful leather satchel, and spend my time meeting with other professors gabbing about novel, and short story anthology ideas. My office would have wall-to-wall dark wood shelving, and I can see myself counseling bright stars of the department.
Then I wake up. Teaching is not for the meek, and there are long hours, frustrating students, red tape, and can often be a thankless calling. Yet for all the cons, the pros of waking someone up to a new way of thinking, introducing them to a new author, or reading a paper that bowls you over, could make it all worthwhile. At least that's what my teacher friends tell me.
Perhaps I can do it all. Moonlight at IMDB while instructing part-time, writing that best selling short anthology, and taking a month off in the summer to play cruise director on The Love Boat. There is a lot to be said for daydreaming!