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I'm entering my final year of uni as an English lit major. I've loved my three years here so much, but I've been incredibly depressed about post-grad opportunities. Thank you for these success stories. I need these nuggets of hope so badly.

Asked by: Anonymous

I know it’s scary—I’m in the same boat, and I’m scared too.

That’s why I’m so glad the English Major Success Stories series has been so…successful! Along with so many of you out there, I’ve learned a lot about what job opportunities are out there and what types of things and terms I need to be searching for in the coming year.

It’s such a pleasure for me to be able to have this forum for people to come and say, “Hey! There’s so many things people can do with their English degrees!” It’s great for the career seekers, and for those of us who are trying to change society’s perception of English majors for the better!

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English Major/Librarian-in-Training Success

I majored in English as an undergrad, and worked in a few departments of my university’s library system. When I graduated, I got a job in a bookstore, but when that dried up, I started applying to library internships and assistant positions. 

I just interviewed for an unpaid internship, but they offered me a paid position they had open instead! 

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After graduating I taught English in Korea for two years (my English degree bumped up my salary yeahhhh) and I've been traveling around Europe for the past 4 months. The only question is where in the world I'm going next =)

Asked by: travelingteabee

Thank you for sharing!

Folks—TESOL can be a great option for those of you who want to travel after college. There’s also opportunities to teach English as a second language stateside, and there’s grad programs out there to give you the qualifications you need to make this your career!

(Don’t ask me what some good TESOL grad programs are; I have no idea.)

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Majored in Poli Sci, minored in English (wish I had doubled!). I'm in grad school for Public Policy, and several of my professors (former fed. workers, consultants, etc.) majored in English during undergrad with no regrets. My writing undoubtedly benefitted from the lit and writing courses I took. Clear and concise writing is an asset, and English degrees can help hone that. Also relevant: Steven Isenberg's commencement speech to the UCBerkeley English dept (sorry I can't include a link!)

Asked by: anikakay

I’m sorry you regret not doubling; luckily, English is for life!

Thank you for sharing your success story!