what can you do with a ba in english

iamdansin  asked:

PLEAAASE write that post about what you can do with an English degree! I'm getting mine rn and everyone's either assuming I'm going to teach, or trying to push me into the med field instead :\

look, english degrees are awesome okay. i’m going to try and make this as brief as possible but am here to elaborate on anything anyone has questions on. 

what everyone thinks you can do with an english degree:

  • teach
  • write a novel i guess
  • teach when the novel writing doesn’t work out

what you can actually do with an english degree:

  • whatever the fuck you want (no really)

first, there’s different types of english degrees*
*based on the US education system, which i’m most familiar with

  • literature! guess what you get to do with a literature degree? a lot. 
    • skills: close-reading, critical thinking, problem-solving, potentially translating, communication (written for sure, maybe verbal as well), self-direction, detail-orientated, editing, style guides

    • stuff: archival work, curation, history if you specialize in an era, making digital humanities projects if you want to work with computers or apps, working abroad (especially if you want to do comparative lit), social justice work, public events including readings and vigils, copy-editing, writing (and we’ll talk more about what “writing” really means on the job market in a second), non-profit work, academia/professor, library work if you’re interested in information science, consultant, book history and printing, publishing
  • creative writing!
    • skills: close reading, critical thinking, translating, communication, editing, creativity, design, art, self-direction, analytical thinking, problem solving, giving and receiving constructive feedback, art 

    • stuff: write that novel! or short story! or chap book! or poem!,
      marketing/advertising, storyboarding for tv or movies or video games, creative development, script writing, social justice work, non-profit work, academia/professorship, campaigning, travel writing, content development for corporations or charities or whatever you want, social media coordinator (guess what, that starts hiring at around 50k now), administration, public relations/press releases, creative director, creative consultant, medical humanities, publishing

  • technical writing/communication!
    • skills: collaboration, communication, technical skills, design, problem-solving, analytical and critical thinking, qualitative and quantitative research methods, documentation, development, project management

    • stuff: user experience, front-end design (web/software/interfaces/etc.), document design, technical writing, medical writing or design, app design, report writing, grant writing, editing, academia/professorship, political campaigning, social media coordinator, software engineering, programming, risk management, project manager, program development/administration, game designer, accessibility and assistive technology developer, consultant for the government/industry/non-profits, proposal developer, business plan developer, publishing

  • linguistics!
    • skills: sociology and anthropology, syntax, editing, writing, typically competencies in many languages, cognitive science and psychology, speech therapy

    • stuff: computational linguistics (PROGRAM COMPUTERS AND AI TO SPEAK?!), assistive technology developer, develop grammar and editing programs for technology (squiggly lines), academia/professorship, translator,  forensic linguist, teach foreign languages or english as an additional language, lexicographer meaning you get to basically archive human language for everyone and that’s fucking cool, tech writing, programming and coding!, speech therapy, user researcher/field researcher, speech therapist and setting you up for speech pathology, consultant for the government/industry/non-profits, voice/dialect coach for actors or voice actors

  • and many more! (rhetoric, writing studies, teaching english as a second language, others i’ve forgotten)

  • guess what all these skills and jobs are likely mix-and-match! take classes across the board, figure out what you’re interested in, and chances are your english degree can be used toward those careers!

  • also guess what there’s different types of teaching you can do too! elementary, middle school, high school, vocational or technical colleges, community colleges, universities, corporate training, government training, specialist training, writing centers, teaching abroad, tutoring, instructional design, curriculum development/educational program development. teaching is also awesome and you can do a lot with the teaching focus beyond being just in the classroom if that’s where you want to go!

but i only want to write!

don’t worry dude there’s tons of writing out there for you to find comfortable employment in. here’s a few i can think of off the top of my head:

creative writing: scripts/screenplays, video games, novels, short stories, poetry, journalism, blogs, freelance digital writing, travel writing, think pieces, editorials, marketing campaigns

technical writing: grants, documentation for engineers/programmers/factories/products, SEO content, web content, medical writing, contract writing, business plans, proposals, job descriptions, freelance or contracted writing, user experience test plans and reports, codes and software scripts

civic writing: press releases, speeches, journalism, non-profit grants, charter documents, legislation or other legal documentation (usually hired by contract work)


  • make your minor count. you want to write video game scripts? minor in something related to the industry (game studies is even a thing now in several universities). you want to write science books? minor in astronomy. want to write speech programs for AI robots? minor in computer science or human factors. go go go!

  • learn how to translate your soft skills to hard skills. english majors, generally, have a lot of critical thinking, analytical, and detail-orientated skills. think of specific projects where you’ve used those and talk about *those* on job materials (we can make our qual life quantifiable, #trust)

  • be adaptable. english degrees (and by extension, humanities degrees) are some of the most flexible skill sets out there. don’t pigeonhole yourself into roles that don’t fit what you want to do (i can’t tell you how many colleagues i’ve had that did editing jobs even though they hated editing and wanted to do design work instead. #DegreesCanDoTwoThings)

  • know that “publishing” and “editing” and “writing” have much, much more potential than what you might think initially. publishing jobs exist everywhere if you’re willing to work outside of creative fiction (university presses, magazines/newsletters/blogs, documentation for corporations, data-driven or science publications, etc.). these jobs are competitive, but they exist and you can get them

  • get experience working with cross-functional or cross-disciplinary teams. find opportunities to join clubs or orgs outside of your major that are doing projects you want to do. want to write movie screenplays? join film club, meet people who want to make films! showing that you can work with a bunch of different people from different knowledge bases/disciplines/skillsets will take you a lot farther on the job market

*dabs at forehead* obviously this isn’t exhaustive, there’s more out there! anyone who wants to chime in or add please do!

A few years ago, I went back to school. I started at a community college, and after three semesters, I earned my associate’s degree. I was twenty-seven. After that, I applied to universities & was accepted to a state school close to me, and I’m on my way to having a BA in English with a creative writing concentration. I’ll be thirty-one when I finish it.

I’m not saying that this is the path for everyone, or that every person who’s been abused is currently capable of doing these things. But what I will say is this: If it feels like the right path for you, it’s not unprecedented. It’s not hopeless. There are people out here who’ve been abused, who live with trauma & mental illness, and who are doing our best to retake control of our lives.

It’s not easy, and it’s not something that everyone can do right away, but it is possible.

Writers, need a copyeditor?

I had a lazy June (and read so many books), but July is the month to put my butt into gear and start my freelance editing in earnest.

What does that mean for you? I’m looking for a full manuscript to work on pro bono to build up my portfolio. This is an amazing opportunity and one I don’t offer up lightly. Editing is a profession, and I have put a lot of time and money into developing my skills. And you can have me edit your novel for free!

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dyscworlds  asked:

Hi! I was wondering if I could ask you a question about swedish, since you're a native speaker? Because recently I was wondering if vernacular swedish uses anything similar to quotative 'like' (Kinda like english does? Because I noticed that in my native language and was wondering if my target language also uses it :D!) If so, could you give some examples of that? Thanks!

(Sorry it took like 5 years to answer this I’m sorry)

Yes we do! It’s ba (or ba’, there are no clear rules because it’s slang). It’s a short form of “bara” (only, just).

“Och han ba “jag är oskyldig””

“And he was like “I’m innocent””

You can also use it even if you’re not quoting what anyone said. Then it emphasizes that it was a little random, impulsive, unplanned or unexpected.

“Och sen ba gjorde jag det”

“And then I just did it”

I hope this was clear! If not, ask me and I’ll try to explain it more in depth! :)

anonymous asked:

Ooh rare Slughorn positivity! Do you mind if I ask why you like him?

Slughorn? He’s the best.

He grew up in the same environment as the worst of the series’ characters but that had no effect on his beliefs at all. While it is not an achievement not to be prejudiced, we have seen many characters lured into those kinds of beliefs by their environment. He may have gone to Hogwarts way earlier for Slytherin to be explicitly prejudiced but this is still a house that has Salazar as the founder and Pureblood as its password so… This doesn’t mean he was a mellow guy, this isn’t coming from passivity in him so he’s a sound dude.

He allows you to advance. The shelf. The shelf is a good thing. Here’s why. I can only give my own personal experience but I hope it’s demonstrative. I was a kid who was always entered into competitions and won them all without fail, without being asked whether I like it or not. It was a lot of extra work, for nothing. We have no prefects here, no head boy/girl, we get accepted to university based on our grades and only the most prestigious stuff counts as extra points when applying, (which I did but basically only that one national competition should have been enough, the rest were absolutely useless). Now, I’d like to get something for my work, if that’s not too much to ask, besides the joy of learning and parents thinking I poop gold on command. Credit, recognition, appreciation, extra points, better grades, an extra scrap of paper at graduation ceremonies, that’s all nice, but without the danger of sounding ungrateful, they’re also pretty useless. What matters is opportunities. You work hard, you want doors to open, right? Slughorn opens those doors for you. That is AMAZING. That is REAL help, that is the real fruit of your hard work. Opportunities are the hardest things to come by, Slughorn gave the best thing to students he could. Ginny may have appreciated the satisfaction she derived from her Bat-Bogey Hexes and the laughs she gave her friends but I’m sure the most valuable thing was meeting Gwenog Jones, her future captain, through Slughorn.

Meritocracy is a good thing. I believe in state schools, equal funding, I believe in the full comprehensive system, if you’re English/Welsh/Scottish (I’m Hungarian for the record just trying to help pinpoint what terms per geographical location I mean because it’s a mess ughhh). You should all have an equal shot. However, there is absolutely no point or use in treating all kids equally if you erase opportunities to stand out. That’s why even in comprehensives there are advanced classes and prefects, and a headboy/girl. I’ve seen some posts enraged about the everyone-gets-a-trophy culture that is prevalent in the USA (not in Europe really? idk, I’ve rarely seen this cookies for participation stuff). Yes, that is bloody useless and Slughorn is the opposite of it. He’s not vindictive about it, though. He doesn’t want to pit students against one another to vye for positions. The table seats enough, there’s always space on his shelves. But you have to earn it otherwise what’s the point?

He seems elitist because the first students he invites to lunch are people he assumes would be talented based on successful relatives but he also later invites Ginny for the hex and Hermione because she’s brilliant. In fact, he doesn’t take to Draco at all, because he’s right to stay well away from the Malfoys, and he sees Malfoy’s a right shit. If Malfoy was a good person and a talented student and Slughorn didn’t appreciate him just because of his family name, that’d be a problem. That’s not the case, though. He really wanted to teach Sirius as his Head of House, too, so he ultimately doesn’t care about what your relationship with your parents are or how much you’re like or unlike them.

He phrases his thoughts a bit bluntly to us, that’s also the writing, probably, I mean, whoever talks like that in real life? But he’s a character, he has to be a bit caricaturistic as opposed to the everyman(ish) main character. But the actual thoughts behind all that are something I like. He would have been Percy’s dream teacher, can you imagine? And yes, what Percy’s doing, the “networking” is a smart thing. It’s almost impossible to break out of a disadvantaged situation just on your own. (And he was being hindered by Arthur’s lousy reputation too.)

A lot of this sounds mean but if you work hard, yes, you absolutely should get real rewards, not just a plastic trophy or a well done comment. Otherwise what’s the point? You know, I just finished my BA in English and I had a yearmate who did the same degree over the course of double the time, on purpose.ON PURPOSE. (You get the first 12 semesters free here unless you go abroad after graduation in the next 25 years.) So this guy purposefully arrived at the uni, declared that he would fail every course twice to drag his uni years out, and he was the laziest, most annoyingly obstructing-everyone-else’s-work kinda guy. But he got the degree too. On paper, he and I are equal. I worked my ass off for my grades and bursary that meant life and death in some months, and did extra research for the most prestigious research competition/conference in the country. None of that matters to employers. He’s still going to be hired more likely, he’ll still make 14% more than me in any job. That effin caveman. So yeah, I’d love a Slughorn type person who has real help to offer. Real connections. Not just even more extra work, like other projects that nobody has motivation or ambition for, just more stuff I have to split my time on, like in this past year, like… no, no, no. If you see a student who wants to stand out, don’t give them yet more work. Listen, you have to give something real for something real. I love learning, I love working, but it does nothing to chit-chat and congratulate and tell a student they’d be amazing at xyz top university in whatever country that’s got more resources and prestige. You have to actually direct them to programs that they can afford, actually give them money, actually give them connections that get them jobs so they can save up on their own, or extra credits that will actually internationally matter.

Also, he collects people together, he creates events where talented people can meet, which is good. Brilliant minds are awesome on their own but when they join forces, they can make great things. (Well, terrible, yeess but great - if we look at the group that happened to contain Lucius and Riddle. Oops.) Slughorn makes his famous friends meet one another, not just himself. For the life of me I don’t understand why Harry’s averse to this. Sorry not everyone can afford to be a special chosen one??? People actually have worked hard to be invited to such parties as Slughorn’s one. Appreciate it, you utter idiot. I cannot believe that scene was wasted on teenage boy/girlfriend problems and the idiotic Draco plot.

I mean, I love that there’s that bit about Flitwick in the Ravenclaw greeting message on Pottermore that he cheers you up when you’re down. I love the Hufflepuff inclusivity, yes we should all want to be Hufflepuffs. However, The actual point of all that homework is to get somewhere, right? Slughorn.

Also, he’s a débonaire kinda guy, his bouncing moustache and big belly and extensive academic knowledge, he’s just awesome. I had a professor at uni, took an optional course on Italian Renaissance Literature and another on just Dante with him and he reminded me of Slughorn, especially when he started to go on about his love of Dante’s genius, like, man, that was real love. Anyway, Slughorn creates events at Hogwarts that bring people together. Quidditch is fun but it’s rivalry and it’s a giant event to go to a game. The drama club has been banned as far as we know. There are clubs that are study groups so not just spaces to only hang out. You have the common rooms but that’s just for your own friends and people study there. They have no movie nights, concerts, the Yule Ball is only because of the incredibly rare Triwizard Tournament. There’s no Christmas party regularly, since kids tend to go home. They need more events at Hogwarts where you don’t have to work but can mingle with people other than your immediate group of friends.

And one last thing to love:



Slughorn’s a good one.

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Also, there was only so many ways I could translate happy birthday, so I’m sorry if it gets a little repetitive ;;;

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anonymous asked:

What are some jobs you could do after studying linguistics? I find the subject really interesting but I have no idea what kind of work liguists do.

Okay so in my country (it might be different in yours), you do a BA in English language (literature+linguistics), and then you can choose to do an MA in only Linguistics. 

As you know, I want to become a teacher, so I don’t really need to worry about jobs right now because I study two highly sought for subjects (English and Maths). I’d also love some other jobs I’ll mention below though, so being a teacher is basically my fallback plan. 

Most linguists go into research, that means you’ll work at a university, teach students, and conduct research together with other linguists. That way, you can also work on your doctorate, if you want one. I’d really love to do that!

There are also many branches of linguistics that reach into other fields, which allows you to easily combine two passions if you want. I wanted to study law for a long time, but I felt like I’d be a shitty lawyer - how about forensic linguistics, though? You can analyse legal texts and contracts, courtroom interaction, and police interviews. If you like maths or IT stuff, maybe mathematical or computational linguistics is something for you. 

Another thing I’d love to do is write textbooks for school students. Didactics is a huge research and working field (you can also do your doctorate here!). Examples: If you have text questions in maths, how likely is it that students will make mistakes because the language used is ambiguous? What do you need to change in textbooks so ESL speakers can work with them?

Also, keep in mind that a degree in linguistics is also a degree in a language, meaning that you can basically do all jobs other people with language degrees also do: Editor, author, publisher, journalist, translator, interpreter… 

You’ll realise soon after you started your studies what branch or work you especially like, and then you’ll be able to focus on that in your degree. :) 

I hope this helped! x


              Ba Dum Tss!

i can’t believe i did this, So this is a brand of margarine that you can found in my country, i read the name again and again,and l couldn’t stop to laughing XD, I know, i’m a jerk.

the-axiom-of-choice  asked:

Hi, David! One of my best friends at UC Berkeley is considering getting a degree in Linguistics. He's taken some classes and he lights up when he talks to me about it. He's a big fan of your work, so I gave him your latest book for Christmas. I was just wondering; for an aspiring linguist like him, do you have any advice/resources/words of encouragement? Thanks!

Duuuuuuuude! If you’re interested in linguistics you shouldn’t need any convincing, so there must be something else at work here. Is he already majoring in something else? If so, he shouldn’t worry. I was majoring in English when I found Linguistics, and I finished both just fine. Is he already double majoring in two something elses? If so, tell him to keep taking ling. classes, but focus on ones that would count towards the major, and see what happens! People can triple major! If not, there’s always a minor.

Now, if there’s a concern about jobs you might get afterwards, here’s the thing. The BA ain’t what it used to be. A BA in Economics is honestly no more impressive to some company than a BA in Linguistics. They’re both the very minimum requirement they’ll expect, and they’ll probably want other stuff, too (e.g. industry experience, specific workplace skills that aren’t taught in any college major, etc.). For a bachelor’s degree, I say do not worry about what it is. You can even go to linguistics graduate school without a BA in Linguistics. Same applies for other degrees. Oh, and not one, but TWO of my best friends at Cal who were also double-majoring in English and Linguistics went to law school right out of college! There were three of us in the entire school, and two-thirds went to law school! That’s nuts!

Anyway, one specific bit of advice I would give since he is at Berkeley is to take advantage of the plethora of language offerings there. Especially if ling. is going to be his only major, there are soooooooooooo many freaking language courses there! Take them all! It will be a huge help! Berkeley’s Japanese program is renown; Berkeley’s Chinese program is renown; I can speak highly of both the Russian and Arabic programs. But there are tons of others: Finnish, Turkish, Bulgarian, Bengali, Tagalog, Hugarian, Khmer… If you can convince Sam Mchombo, he can do a kind of focused self-study on any Sub-Saharan African language (he’s a fluent speaker of Chichewa, among other languages). If you can get in good with Andrew Garrett, he may let you help him out with his extended study of and work with Yawelmani Yokuts. Always lots of cool stuff happening in the department. It pays to get to know a professor or two and see what they’re up to. And despite the fact that it is a fairly large department, it has a small department feel. It’s really a great place to be, whether as an undergrad. or graduate student.

Even if one decides not to continue on within the field of linguistics or go into a language-related field after college, wherever you land, you’ll be the language-expert. You’ll be the one your coworkers and employers go to any time there’s a language-related issue. Seeing as every job relies on language, this means you’ll have a unique skillset others won’t. It’s inherently valuable.

The world needs more linguists, of course, but more than anything else, the world needs more people with a basic understanding of the foundational principles of linguistics. I think the equivalent of ling. 5 at Cal should be required for all majors. Every human institution is founded on language. It’s vital! Those with a natural inclination towards the study of language should follow it wherever it leads them. So to him, go, I say! Fiat lux, and fiat lingua! And GO BEARS! ~:D

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