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“I would also warn the very young and the very eager about the state of the job market for college professors.”

“If you plan to teach, be prepared for a lot of hours of grading.”

8. Miscellaneous recommendations:

“Be bold. If you don’t want to teach, think of non-traditional ways to enjoy your writing/literature. Put yourself out there, and don’t be afraid to take risks.”

“It is important to just take a plunge somewhere along the way. Take a big step or do something you’re not too sure about.”

“Work hard, search far and wide, stay active, be patient.”

“Take advantage of January Term abroad.”

“Narrow down exactly what you want to do when you’re out and exactly how you are going to go about it.”

“Take advantage of any connections you have.”

“Don’t be too proud. I started as a nighttime ambulance chaser at the city desk of my hometown newspaper, just because I wanted to get a job that would allow me to write (What else did I know how to do?), and it has become a satisfying and even lucrative career.”

Question 9: Would you be willing to participate in a career panel for English majors?

A total of 34 graduates (79%) say “yes.” Their names are available to College and Department planners on request to the Department Chair.

Question 10: What question should we have asked but didn’t?

Of the 12 questions suggested, 3 focus on the choice of an English major:

Would you choose English as your major again? Why did you become an English major?

Is there life outside English? If you didn’t retain the major, do you regret having taken it in the past?

There are 2 people who suggest that we ask for opinions about professors:

What professors inspired you most? Who was a favorite professor? Is there something you wish you could tell him or her?


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