The decision to major in English turned out to be one of the best I made, because I majored in something I enjoyed, and really learned the skills I needed to be successful in my future, no matter what that might be.
~Rhiannon Trajlinek, alum
What kind of a position could I get with a major in English?
Where should I look for a job if I have an undergraduate degree in English?
The English major required me to think deeply and to think for myself. The professors demanded that of us and that training has served me well in my graduate academic pursuits.
~Nathan Bieniek, alum
What are some examples of things that recent PSU English grads are doing out there in the world?
Recent grads from the last seven years are continuing their studies and working in related fields. Here is a random sampling of what specific English alums are up to:
- JD law degree (Rutgers);
- MA in literature (Fitchburg State);
- Copyeditor/proofreader at a NH press;
- MA in theology (Boston University);
- Founder/President of tutoring company;
- Founder/President of marketing and business solutions company;
- Multimedia Specialist;
- MFA in Popular Fiction (USM);
- Director of Sales at art/design company;
- MLS in Library Science/Media (multiple students);
- Sportswriter for NH Fisher Cats;
- Client Services and Social Media Specialist;
- High School English Teacher (multiple students);
- ESL teacher in Korea;
- English Teacher in Abu Dhabi;
- Graphic Designer;
- Production Assistant at local TV station;
- PR Editor at private school.
My first job right out of PSU was doing light assembly for telecommunications products. Word got out that I had a degree in English and they bumped me up from the back room to the Marketing department.
~Derek Heidemann, alum
Is it true that if I pursue my love of English that I won’t get a job? or make a decent living?
Nope! One English professor debunks these myths: “Reports of the deadliness of English to a successful career are greatly exaggerated. According to one major study produced by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, the median income for English majors with a bachelor’s but no additional degree is $48,000. This figure is just slightly lower than that for bachelor’s degree holders in biology ($50,000), and slightly higher than for those in molecular biology or physiology (both $45,000). It’s the same for students who received their bachelor’s in public policy or criminology (both $48,000), slightly lower than for those who received their bachelor’s in criminal justice and fire protection ($50,000) and slightly higher than for those who received it in psychology ($45,000).” And the unemployment rate for English majors is just the same as it is for grads with other BA degrees. Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2013/02/05/essay-critiques-garrison-keillor-his-jokes-about-english-majors#ixzz2KFNRAfux
If I do an English major at PSU, will you help me find a job?
You bet! Come talk to any faculty member for help in the job search, and work with Jim Kuras from Career Services for even more support. Attend English Department workshops that will help you apply for your first job. Here are some of the handy materials from those sessions that you might like to look over right now:
Still have questions about what YOU can do with a degree in English from Plymouth State University? Come talk to our English faculty anytime!
You walk away from PSU with a set of tools that enable you to think critically and work diligently, two skills which are useful in any field.
~Kimberly Connell, alum