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 Post subject: Language/Literature Major and Career Opportunities
PostPosted: Fri Jun 24, 2011 5:22 am 
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I know someone who is interested in pursuing a degree in English language and literature. However, most of her family and friends have been discouraging her from taking such major. Their reason is that there aren't a lot of career opportunities for English majors...What's the demand for English majors? What jobs are waiting for those who have a degree in English?


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 Post subject: Re: Language/Literature Major and Career Opportunities
PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 11:26 am 
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I think that a significant number of English majors go into teaching. Educational institutions need individuals to teach language and literature. They can also build a career in the corporate world as trainers, corporate communications or public relations personnel. Writing for creative or editorial pages is also a possibility.


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 Post subject: Re: Language/Literature Major and Career Opportunities
PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 6:08 pm 
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There's a lot you can do with an English major, BUT it does help to have skills in specific things. Like, if you're an English major with a concentration in professional writing, it'll probably be easier for you to find a job than someone with a general "English lit" concentration.


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 Post subject: Re: Language/Literature Major and Career Opportunities
PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 7:47 pm 
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I think there are a lot of careers out there for an English degree. After all, it's just another way to say communication. There are also different disciplines you can specialize in. Many do become teachers. Some become writers for books, television, movies, newspapers, magazines, and websites.

Besides, a lot of the time the employer doesn't care what your degree is in, as long as you have one.


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