WHAT MIGHT I DO WITH A MAJOR IN
ENGLISH AND WORLD LITERATURES?
- Go to law school: Humanities majors do the best on LSATs.
- Go to grad school in library science, journalism, or publishing.
- Go for a Ph.D. but only if you love teaching and research.
- Go into publishing, any division, but particularly publicity.
- Write PR or grant proposals.
- Teach, all levels: English, ESL, Tutoring.
- Get specialty assignments: tech writing for business, medical journals.
- Become a consultant.
- Become a translator.
- Try speechwriting for political candidates.
- Enter any business, any field, since excellent communication skills,
both written and oral, are the first requirement of any position.
WHERE MIGHT I LOOK FOR AN INTERNSHIP OR JOB IN THIS AREA?
- Schools, public, private, all levels.
- Publications: book and magazine publishers, including trade and specialized
periodicals associated with various organizations in various disciplines, such as medicine, law, technology, allied health, etc.
- Agencies, private, government nonprofit organizations, particularly those connected
with growing populations in urban areas, such as non-native speakers, older adults, etc.
- Mass media stations, networks, various departments, especially those in PR and marketing.
- Any organization with a need to have employees write and speak better.
- Any organization with newsletter needs.
WHAT MIGHT I DO TO ENHANCE MY COMPETITIVENESS?
- Take courses in business and computer programs, especially those
associated with databases and management.
- Study a language other than English, preferably one that reflects growing
population in a desired work area. In NYC, for example, the
languages would be Spanish, Japanese, and Mandarin.