General Career Information
A recent survey of corporate personnel officers shows that attitude and good communication skills are the top two qualities they are looking for in successful job applicants. The study of English provides students with skills in communication and comprehension that may serve as a solid foundation for graduate study and for careers in law, business, education, government, management, sales, technical/professional communication, and other areas. Teaching English in high school or college is also a favorite career option. Department faculty are happy to assist students in making career choices. Students may also use the University Placement Office in Career Services.
Students taking ENGL 699 Senior Seminar, the capstone course for English majors, devote a semester to assembling a portfolio that may be useful to them in applying for jobs. They also explore career options available to English majors.
Another recent survey revealed the following occupations held by graduates: Pulitzer Prize winning reporter on the staff of a major newspaper, state representative, high school English teacher, city editor for a small daily newspaper, junior high English math-science-teacher, college English professor, community college English instructor, attorney, college English professor and assistant to the vice president for academic affairs, high school English-journalism-psychology teacher, sports news editor for a daily newspaper, law student, television broadcaster, high school English-Spanish-geometry teacher, capital investments counselor, insurance sales manager, career education counselor, free lance writer, family living editor of a mid-sized newspaper, technical writer, property assessment counselor, high school principal, editor of a daily newspaper, and graduate students in English, history, speech.