I'm an English Major - Now What?: How English Majors Can Find Happiness, Success, and a Real Job

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Writer's Digest Books, Apr 3, 2006 - Business & Economics - 252 pages
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Find a Job You Love With Your English Degree

What do Steven Spielberg, Alan Alda, Barbara Walters, Clarence Thomas, Diane Sawyer, and Stephen King have in common? That's right–they were English majors who now have successful careers.

I'm an English Major - Now What? helps English majors and graduates understand their skills and talents so they can find satisfying jobs across a diversity of fields and dispels common fears and misconceptions that English majors will never make good money.

In this book, you'll learn:How an English major background can be very marketableHow an English major's skills can be applied to an array of jobs and careers (beyond teaching and writing)How an English major can develop valuable skills and experience through school and extracurricular activitiesYou'll also find answers to common questions such as:Should I go to graduate school? Should I wait?How do I begin a freelancing career?Would I do well in a corporate setting?

Authored by a former English major with professional experience across many areas, including corporate communications, journalism, publishing, teaching, and writing, this guide also features more than a dozen interviews with English majors who were able to translate their skills into satisfying careers.

 

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Contents

Im an English Major
3
Perchance to Teach
12
Higher Ed Nobody Goes Back to School
43
Breaking Into the News
66
Magazines
96
Books As Opposed to Literature
115
Freelancing for a Living
138
Going Corporate
155
Avoiding a Major Mistake
207
APPENDIX
227
Writing Your Resume
230
What to Do If Youre Still an Undergraduate
232
Recommended Reading and Other Resources
235
A Word to Aspiring Creative Writers
238
INDEX
248
Copyright

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About the author (2006)

Timothy Lemire has used his BA in English from Boston College to land many jobs, including editor for the Boston Review. He is currently a communications specialist for Fidelity Investments.

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