jobs for english majors

cxrlando  asked:

hi! as an almost- 30 year old (gross i know), I just want to let you know that there are actually tons of jobs for english majors. the idea that finding a job with an english degree is hard is a LIE that older generations tell you. There is so much content being created due to the internet that there is always a need for editors, writers, and media creators. don't believe people who tell you that you can't do anything with an english degree!

ahh i love this so much

Advice for Wannabe Writers

A high school/college age student asked a bestselling author (who shall remain nameless) yesterday what she should major in if she wanted to be a writer, mentioning that she was thinking of majoring in English because she loves to read. The author replied that English majors get fast food jobs, so she should pick something that will make her money.

Obviously, this irks me on several levels, as someone with an English degree and an MFA in writing. And as a human being who thinks fast food workers deserve more respect than that, too, and as a author who isn’t so keen on being lumped with people who should know better.

But more than that, here’s the thing: You probably don’t need someone else’s advice to pick a major when you’re 18, at least not if you want to be a writer. Writing is about everything. You could major in engineering and have a fantastic career as a science writer (especially if you’re really good at breaking complex science down for laypeople—there’s a huge market for that). You could major in philosophy or history or mathematics and end up writing great creative nonfiction about Fermat or Newton, or speculative fiction based on their work. 

It doesn’t matter what you major in, and asking some famous (or even not so famous) author to pick your major is just handing your future over to someone who doesn’t know you or even have any vested interest in giving you useful advice—because without knowing you, she can’t.

Know who does know you? YOU. Follow your interests. READ A LOT. Take some writing classes to be sure you know how to string words and sentences together, absolutely—but you’re probably going to write based on your interests, so why wouldn’t you just follow those?

Don’t turn your future over to a complete stranger, at least not in such a broad way. Ask questions about how an author (or a doctor, or an actor, or whatever you think you might want to be) got where they are, and what worked well for them and what didn’t. Ask what they’ve learned along the way.

Just don’t ask someone what your own path should be. Follow your own advice—your own heart. Don’t listen to those who tell you you’ll be dirt poor if you want to be an author or a musician if that’s really what’s drawing you. You may succeed, or you might find something else along the way that suits you even better. Going after money for its own sake rarely leads to fulfillment or happiness.

There are no wrong turns. You’ll learn a lot no matter what you do. Your path is uniquely yours, and you owe it to yourself to follow it without hesitation or reservation.

Grad Week, and the problem with being a perfectionist

Saturday was results day for the English Tripos students here at Cambridge. Months of solid, hard work had boiled down to this day, where countless students tirelessly clicked ‘refresh’ on their individual results page, waiting for the result to miraculously appear within that unnerving blank space. 

I had imagined that my feelings on this particular results day would be akin to my feelings on A Level Results Day back in 2012: sheer, blind happiness. However when the grade finally popped up on my screen - the grade I had actually expected - something didn’t feel quite right. My mother and aunt had come to Cambridge on the day in question, and when I told them my grade they cried with happiness, but a while afterwards my mother said ‘…something is telling me that you’re not in the mood for champagne.’ I had what I expected, I had ‘done a Cambridge,’ I had ‘smashed my exams’ - but there is something about attaining expectations that incites a want, a need, for more. Secretly, I had wanted to exceed my own expectations. During exam term, it had come to light that exceeding my expectations wasn’t an impossible task, but it was an unlikely one. On results day, my incessant need to exceed expectations prevented me from being as ecstatic as I should have been about my achievements. As ecstatic as I am now about my achievements. It was a shame. 

The problem with being a perfectionist, a problem especially applicable to students here at Cambridge, is that one is used to always being ‘top.’ It’s near impossible to do that here, but the dream of it, the ‘stories’ you hear about others who have done it, permeates the brain, making it easy to see oneself as ‘less worthy’ if you do not attain the best possible grade. Personally, adjusting to the difference between A Level and University grading has been perhaps the largest battle I have had to fight with at Cambridge, and I’m willing to bet that many others here will agree with me. From being the ‘only one’ at A Level, I’m now part of a majority at the University of Cambridge, and while on results day this was difficult to deal with, in this moment, typing this post, I’m just so proud of what we have all achieved as a collective through such hard work. It’s intensely difficult to earn a degree from Cambridge, in fact it has often been said that the grades given here do not reflect, nationally, the level of work we do to achieve them. And so I’m now just insanely happy that I am graduating this Friday with a 2:1 degree from the University of Cambridge.

My fellow English students here at Girton College in particular have been an incredible support across the three years, and out of all other colleges I personally know, we are the closest subject group in terms of friendship. To celebrate our results, yesterday we re-enacted the punting trip that first brought us all together as a collective in First Year. It was a particularly poignant day. These people have meant, do mean, and will mean so much to me. They are hilariously witty and stunningly kind, and some of my best moments (most of my best moments actually) have been with them. It’s strange to think that I will refer to them in the future with the words ‘I know [x] from my time at Cambridge’ - I always thought people were being showy when saying this, but it’s actually just a fact. Although we will meet collectively, the fact remains that we will never have moments exactly like this again. And so although it is time for us all to move on, to move down our varying paths, we all felt a tinge of nostalgia yesterday for our undergraduate years, even though they have only just passed. 

As the first and second years have returned home for the summer, this week, ‘Grad Week,’ has been quite strange and eerily silent. I’ve been applying to jobs (…I actually have an interview in London for a job I really want to get tomorrow, so wish me luck (!)), watching too many episodes of Game of Thrones and cooking or going for drinks with the other students. Yesterday was the Finalists Formal, our last formal dinner as undergraduate students… the next time we wear our gowns it will be at graduation. And today, our yearbooks were delivered (in the ‘Awards’ I won ‘Most Stylish’ and ‘Best Instagram’ 😂). I just can’t believe we graduate on Friday - it’s coming around way too fast. I’m also starting to get ill - losing my voice and feeling generally run down after the past few weeks of an emotional and physical rollercoaster, but definitely needing to keep going until graduation is done!

- Sarah xxx

10 Tips for University/ School

Wow! I’ve just hit 400 followers, so thank you all so very, very much as I never expected to get so many! As I haven’t really contributed to the studyblr community as such – I shall do now!

1-      Say ‘thanks’ / ‘thank you’ to your teachers/ lecturers. 

I know that this is simple, and if you’re already doing it then great! Teaching can often be a thankless job in the majority of cases. This may be because I’m English so I can confidently state that I ritually say ‘thank you’ and ‘sorry’, but at the end of the lesson I try and say ‘thanks’ to the lecturer. (And from experience it is always nice when a student says thanks at the end of lesson)

2-      If you’re in an interactive lesson (seminar) – participate. 

I know you don’t want to speak, but that question you want to ask, ask it. Even if it’s at the end of the lesson. There will probably be someone else who wants to say the same thing as you. If you really don’t want to speak, just put your hand up when questions are asked.If you get chosen to speak and you really don’t want answer it, just say that you ‘forgot’. Slowly, over the course of the term/ year (however you’re comfortable), set yourself a challenge to answer a question in a lesson. I know that this is really hard, and if you get a question wrong no one will laugh at you, and nothing bad will happen. You can do it, I promise.

3-      Module Options.

When choosing a module look who is teaching it; what is being taught, and the assessments. (If you can, speak to students who are doing it, or have done it). This may sound like a no-brainer but you may love the sound of a module but hate the assessments. If you’re up for the challenge of the module and assessments take it, but if the thought of taking an exam makes you want to run a mile, don’t do it unless you really have it. After Christmas I have chosen to take a module that has a presentation in it. From my experiences last year, my tutors were shocked to find out that I was doing it (My legs gave way, and I couldn’t stop shaking for an hour, it was great.)

4-      Proof Read!

Set your deadlines for assessments a day or two before the actual assessment deadline. This will give your brain a couple of days rest, so when you come back to it you’re not passively reading it. If you’re sincerely running out of time to proof-read, put your essay into google translate and get that to read it to you so you can hear someone else speak it.

5-      Office Hours 

Speak to your lecturers/ teachers - I promise that they aren’t a mix between Shrek and Lord Farquaad. At my secondary school we could speak to our teacher during lunch/ break and ask for help. At university your lecturers should have ‘Office Hours’ – this is not a time when your lecturer is doing their own research (they have research days for that, and the summer holidays). It is code for ‘Feedback Hours’ when they spare 1-2+ hours a week where you can speak to your lecturer/ tutor about how to improve your grade and talk about any woes. It’s also handy in case you need them for a reference later on.

6-      Get Feedback!

If you’re (un)happy with your grades do go and get feedback on where you went wrong and how to achieve higher. Your tutor should have explained the good and bad points when they returned your assessment to you, but if you still want to know and improve go speak to them (during feedback/ office hours). You can also go if you want to know where you went right so you can keep doing it! It’s great to change where you’re going wrong, but be careful you don’t change what went right!

7-      Formal Emails (unless told otherwise)

At my university there are some lecturers who are adamant that you have to email in a formal way. I know it’s a pain, but it’s a really good habit to get into (even if they reply with ‘ok, thanks’, or email you with the title as ‘Stuff’). Other lecturers will start their emails to you with ‘hi’ – if they do that, then I take that as an ‘okay’ for emailing them in the same manner. Although don’t go into auto-pilot and put kisses at the end.

8-      Stationary

Stationary from pound shops and similar places are just as good as the expensive types. If the ink flows well, then it’s all good. I get most of my day-to-day pens from pound shops (and wilko) because I can’t afford expensive brands unless they’re on offer. And for a visual learner, these places are great (where else can you get 120 sheets of colourful paper for £1?)

9-      Keep A Spare Duvet Set. 

Trust me. Something will happen and you will need one. In the case of my friend, someone rubbed their hands all over his duvet after eating BBQ chicken.

10-   Eat Breakfast.

Okay, I know that I am Queen at skipping breakfast, however if you’re having breakfast try and make it yourself (the same goes for other meals too). If you make something from scratch ie Porridge you will stay fuller for longer, as opposed to eating the ready-made porridge pots, so you won’t get hungry mid-morning.

I hope that they are of use to at least one person out there! And thank you all for welcoming me into the studyblr community!

@linatrinch i’ve met people in other fields who like to hire english majors over business/other majors. but if you’re following that line, i thought the degree was almost meaningless these days. in which case, why even go to college? i’m just disappointed a writer would discourage another writer from majoring in english if they’re already going. i majored in english and my job’s making me more money than i strictly need and i write plenty- my job has nothing to do with my major. i can understand advice not to get an mfa though.

anonymous asked:

*Bows to the Duke* Just wondering, what are you planning to do after grad school? I'm interested in English, and might major in it, but there seem to be very few secure and well-paying jobs out there. I'm not trying to say being an English major is a bad decision (it's awesome!) but I'm just curious.


I can almost guarantee that the people who tell you an English major isn’t practical did not major in English. You know what literally every company and corporation and institution in the world needs? People who can write well. Whether or not you’re a creative writer, an English major will teach you read critically and to write coherently and anyone who needs customer service, marketing, and public relations people will value those skills. It’s no more limited than biology or economics. The application of the English fucking language—one of the most prevalent business languages in the world—is not useless, foolish, or a waste of time. 

The truth is that something like 80% of people end up doing something unrelated to their college major as a career. If what you’re good at and what you love is words and storytelling and the mechanics of language, do a fucking English or comp lit major. Majoring in something ‘practical’ like econ or bio is just going to make you unhappy and in the long run, the idea that it’s more ‘useful’ is not based on anything concrete. The idea that an English major isn’t lucrative or useful is perpetuated by people who know nothing about it. And your college major matters a hell of a lot less than what you’re determined to do with your education. Any college major is what you fucking make it. And your college years are the last years you have to devote exclusively to personal growth and exploration. Do not waste them studying shit you don’t care about. 

Personally, I have no idea what I’ll do after grad school. I haven’t even decided where I’m going to grad school and that’ll make a big difference. But I can tell you with complete honestly that I have never wished that I majored in something more ‘practical.’ The only thing I don’t like about my English major is how much time I have to spend justifying it to people who think they’re smarter than I am because they majored in environmental science. 

Sorry if this is overly aggressive; I’m not exactly sober. Hope this helps, sort of.

@bedwyrssong yeah i mean like…i majored in english and my job has nothing to do with my major- i may make a little more because i have a degree. i’m doing fine, it’s definitely not fast food. you could also work where i work (and much better places) and never have gone to college- i’m not saying everybody has to go either. but if you’re already going to school i say go study what you love because the subject of your degree often doesn’t matter while job hunting anyway.

anonymous asked:

Hey I wanted to know could you tell me jobs for English Majors? Also what can people do in Library and Information Science? It's not only for librarians right?

Here for jobs.

I don’t know much about Library and Information Science and what people do in that field, but I’m sure it’s not exclusive to librarians. You’ll have to do more research on that subject if you’re interested in it.

Mad Max University AU

Furiosa, the brilliant and honestly slightly intimidating engineering major that loves leading groups to success

Max, the forensic science major who doesn’t talk much and always ends up getting pulled into everyone’s nonsense

Nux, the crazy chem major who basically lives in the lab and, unfortunately, has special permission to work on research in the lab whenever he likes. often tries to rope people (Max) in to testing whatever he comes up with

Capble, the pre-med bio major who always ends up on damage control after whatever Nux planned inevitably goes to shit

Splendid, the fiercely determined business major who’s goal in life is to be the CEO of a bug business

Toast, theater and dance and media arts and design double major who dares anyone to question her career choices

Cheedo, the quiet international affairs major who doesnt care what job she has, she just wants to travel the world

Dag, the english major who you’d never expect to be an english major considering how she talks outside of class