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    Taking an English Major...

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Fox Favinger, Nov 7, 2009.

    Well I figured this would be the appropriate section for this :)

    Anyways I'm majoring in journalism right now at my 2-year school. That doesn't look like a career I want anymore and everybody is talking me out of it. An English degree just sounds appetizing. I enjoy English and History more than anything else (mostly history). I've contemplated a History degree, but haven't researched what I can do with it.

    After some research it seems like an English degree leaves me with a lot of career options. Writing and working with my hands are the things I'm best at, everything else I really suck at. Even my rushed and half-assed essays get praise from my professors. I ultimately want some kind of career in creativity. I do plan on taking a math statistics course as I hear that's great for getting into marketing.

    So what do you guys think of an English degree and how it can help those with creative minds and their future? I see a number of you have one on here, how did it help you?
     
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    There was a thread like this not so long ago in the lounge, try looking there for an extensive discussion about this.
     
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    personally, all I can see with an English degree is becoming a teacher, but then again, I've never done research into the matter.
     
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    foxzero: Wait, are you talking about just getting a 2-year degree like an associate's degree?
     
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    two-year 'associate' degrees are pretty much useless, when it comes to getting a job... even a 4-year 'bachelor' degree won't one do much good, so masters degrees are what people go for, if they want to have the best shot at the better jobs in a certain field...

    in re english degrees, as noted above, they're only good for teaching jobs... as well as for some entry positions in the publishing industry... and only then, if at the master's level... or, for low-level, entry positions, at the very least, a bachelor's...

    and having an english degree doesn't really 'help those with creative minds' all that much, if at all... if one has the inborn talent to be a writer/artist, the requisite skills can be developed and honed without going to college... in fact, the vast majority of successful writers have no degrees at all, and many never even went to college...

    in re that 'history degree,' if you got it at a 2-year school, it can only be an associate degree and is virtually useless as a hiring plus, sorry to say...
     
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    There are not tons of jobs out there for English majors, although it may help finding positions in communciations and such within companies.

    A 2 year degree can be useful, depending on what it is. More technical degrees focused on electronics, HVAC and things like that would be more likely to lead to steady employment with decent wages than an English or History two year degree, and probably a Bachelor's degree (4 years).

    Be wary of what the college or university placement office indicates about job and career prospects for various majors. It's their job to convince people that enrolling and taking classes (bring income to the school), in addition to providing career advancement advice.

    I majored in Life Science and minored in English, but I was working toward a teaching degree. It was my science expertise that enabled me to earn a teaching position, as there were many more English teachers out there looking for jobs.

    Just my experience.

    Terry

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    Good communication skills will help you in just about any career. If you have a degree in history, English, or whatever, and you go to Big Money Co. with a well written resume and go to the interview with an articulate tongue, you’re ahead of many others who have a business degree.

    You should look into transferring your credits to a university. Having a 4-year degree puts you up over 70% of the population under thirty years of age – in the United States, anyway.
     
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    I'm doing a specialist in English (4 years at UofT)

    I wouldn't go as far to say that without Masters its useless. I know many people who got jobs with mere bachelors. If you really want to be successful, you'll most likely get a job at the bottom end of which every company hires you, then you'll have to work your way up. Masters looks better on resume, obviously, and can get you farther in the long run.
     
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    I'm double majoring in English and Philosophy. I'm planning on going to law school in a few years. I can't say for sure that it'll help me, but it can't hurt, that's for sure. One of my friends works as a speech writer, and she did her undergraduate and master's degree in English.

    Also, I don't know about other states and countries, but where I live, the majority of graduates have a career in something completely unrelated to their major.
     
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    If you're thinking of going with an English degree you might want to consider doubling in education so that you have the option to teach if you want to. Personally, I'd love to teach a lit class or something like that (not that I'm in any way qualified). My degree is in Psych.

    You might consider checking out the communications department too (if they have one).
     
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    Sorry about that, it was kind of late when I posted and I forgot to search. Also I forget this sites policy on necroposting. I'll run a search now.

    I do plan on transferring to a four year school yes.
     
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    I'm majoring in English. Hate it.
     
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    Details, man, details!
     
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    Thirdwind is right. My dad's friend double majored in ply sci and eng and became a banker. No masters by the way
     
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    Personally I'd rather take classes in something I enjoy learning about rather than something that bores the hell out of me (like math). I'll have a higher GPA that way and have a better chance at transferring into a four year school.
    I'm one of those learning disability students, it's hard enough as it is.
     

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