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“Don’t count on getting a job in publishing or writing the next great American novel. Don’t be afraid to take a job that doesn’t seem like the ‘right fit,’ because you might be surprised how often training in the humanities, and particularly in English, will make you stand out. An English degree provides you with a considerable amount of freedom.”

“English is a passion that can be turned into any profession.”

“Don’t think that there is only one job for you. See what is out there before you decide.”

“Don’t listen to what others say. Having a degree in English is great! Companies love it because they know you know how to communicate well.”

“You don’t have to choose what you want to do right out of college. . . . Being an English major is a great starting point for a number of areas including editing and the legal field.”

“The type of job with which you start out of college may end up not being your career. And that is really okay.”

“The best part about majoring in English is after you graduate you can branch out into many professions.”

2. Do an internship. (6)

“I started an internship at the Rare Book Room of the Library of Congress . . . less than a week after graduation. When my internship ended, I took my current position as the departmental assistant in the Law Library at Hogan and Hartson LLP in Washington, DC.”

“Do an internship. It is perhaps the best thing you can do to test career goals, develop your professional network, and find job leads.”

“Intern while you are in college and don’t need a paying job to support you.”

“Jump into an internship the summer after graduation.”

3. Do what you love or enjoy. (6)

“Don’t become an English teacher as a ‘backup plan.’ If you love literature and you love writing, but you don’t see yourself in a classroom, then don’t become an educator.”

“Go out and pursue your dreams.”

“Follow what you truly want to do, because if you don’t believe in what you are doing, the long hours are not worth it.”

“It’s important to do something that you think you’ll enjoy, and if you don’t, you’ll at least have gained experience.”

“My advice is do what you love even if it means taking a pay cut.’


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