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English Alumni Stories

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"I took for granted the ability to write coherently and in an organized way. It's not a skill that most people have, and I feel like I was really able to hone that skill in my English classes."
"[My English degree has] helped me a lot when it comes to my HR career; I can be very diplomatic due to a lot of the skills I learned as an English major."
"You will be surprised to discover how bad most people are at writing. It’s a skill you probably take for granted, but is actually very valuable and will be attractive to future employers."
"I think the strongest assets I cultivated as an English major were communication, critical thinking, and emotional intelligence."
"Throughout my studies in English, my professors continually prepared me for an unconventional career path, making it clear that the skills of analysis and communication that we were learning and practicing would come in handy, and they were right."
"Being able to communicate efficiently and clearly with people who are busy with their own tasks helps me a lot. Another huge part is being able to tell a story or at least recognize what is important in a story."
"Written and verbal communication are key skills to a successful career. Many people in the corporate world lack these two skills. Someone who can master these skills has a significant advantage over others."
"There is a need for qualified professionals who write well. You can find a company with benefits, opportunities for growth and management, interesting subject matter, and great colleagues."
"I have learned that writing is probably one of the most marketable skills there is. Businesses are always looking for good writers because, believe it or not, they are few and far between!"
"With an English degree, you really can do anything. Don’t apologize for having an English degree—play up the benefits!"
"I took for granted the ability to write coherently and in an organized way. It's not a skill that most people have, and I feel like I was really able to hone that skill in my English classes."
"I realized one of the things that drew me to an English degree is that I loved hearing people's stories, understanding diversity considerations in people's lives, and have face-to-face meaningful conversations with other people."
"Strong writing is in serious demand in most companies. It goes far beyond writing-specific roles like those of copywriters or PR specialists."
"Good writers and editors are needed in almost every industry, so find yours and make a place for yourself."
"Communication—specifically written communication—is super important, especially in reading and understanding law documents."
"I think my education prepared me most of all for navigating and appreciating so much about life. How to think critically, ask key questions, and write and read in a versatile way."
"So many people I work with are very logical thinkers, but they struggle to communicate the nuances of writing, rewriting, and editing."
"I use data to tell stories. This often requires looking outside the box, thinking critically about the subject matter at hand, and exercising a lot of creativity to shape points of data into a compelling narrative."
"This isn’t often mentioned, but writing is a HUGE part of social media. And you learn how to do it well as an English major."
"As an English major, I loved being able to see the different perspectives that you can find and how a story can be told in so many ways. I’m very grateful that I learned that as it has helped me keep an open mind and be able to work well with people of various backgrounds."
"My experience as an English major taught me to be curious and teachable, always ready to learn more and change my mind if given new data."
"Being able to read, think critically, write, and edit are the keystones to any successful position."
"I can see multiple ways a piece of text could be read and cultivate it to be as clear as possible to the reader."
"As an English major, I learned how to analyze something and ask questions. This has proved to be key for my success in my career."
"I never thought the way I was trained to write an essay would impact work. I can clearly articulate arguments and am open to different philosophies."
"I feel that being steeped in great literature and learning to identify and understand narrative arcs and complex characters can transfer into emotional intelligence, empathy, and persuasion."
"Critical thinking is highly underrated but highly valuable; it enables you to work smarter, not harder, and understand problems in a unique way. It makes you valuable."
"My English degree helped me in every aspect of my life. I am paid to write creatively in a world that doesn’t typically value writers. I am incredibly fortunate."
"My English degree opened my eyes to new ways of engaging with the world, helped me find value in a wide variety of texts including books, movies, songs, and more."
"My English degree shapes the way I interact with the world around me. It is present in the way I interact with others. I treasure my English degree education."