“Surveys by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) show that most hiring managers care more about a job candidate’s skills than they do about a college major. And the skills employers say they want most in a candidate, such as communication and critical thinking, are precisely those for which liberal arts students are known.”    

Diana Gelhaus, Economist, in Occupational Outlook Quarterly Winter 07-08

It isn’t easy to know how to present yourself and your accomplishments to prospective employers.  And finding those prospective employers can even be harder.  The Department of English Career Adviser and L&S Career Services, has a wealth of resources to help you figure out what career is right for you. It's never too early to take advantage of their services and discover what you can do while still in school to help you reach your future career goals.


Marketable Skills of English Majors

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to influence, persuade, summarize and clarify
  • Facility in presenting alternative view points
  • Problem solving
  • Ability to develop hypotheses
  • Editing skills
  • Creativity in writing, thinking, and expression of ideas



2013-14 English Graduates' Jobs/Careers/Graduate Education

  • Account Manager -- Command Transportation LLC
  • Aspiring film maker, Los Angeles
  • Boston University Graduate School – Screenwriting
  • Brewery owner
  • City Year in New Orleans
  • Columbia University – MFA in Poetry
  • Energy consultant
  • English teacher, Poland
  • Epic, Madison
  • ESPN, Madison
  • Grad school, Sports Admin
  • Graduate studies at Stanford – Journalism Master’s program
  • Investment management firm
  • Law school
  • Management Rotation Program – Marketing & Sales – Unilever
  • Marketing and Business Development Coordinator – Clutch Studios,
  • Medical school
  • Political aid/speech writer
  • Pursuing master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies and currently working as a CNA
  • Student Personnel program, grad school
  • Teach for America
  • Teach for America Corps -- Teaching Secondary English – 7th Grade English
  • Teaching English in Italy on a Fulbright Fellowship
  • Teaching English in Norway through Fulbright ETA grant
  • Teaching in France
  • Twitter, CA