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Writers: the many different salaries…

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As I discussed in this post, there are so many different ways to be a “writer.” Here are a few with the salaries that go along with them!

Author: Average: $53,000. This depends on the type of novel, publishing company, and success of the novel you write! Get writing!

Playwright: Average: $38,000. This depends heavily on success of your work and the city you live in. If you have a passion for this industry and you are talented, your chances of a higher salary are great!

Magazine writers: Average: $32,000-60,000. This varies with the type of writing you are doing, whether it is permanent, or freelance.

As I always say, nothing replaces the gratification of doing something you love! Don’t let money hold you back!

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The importance of experience…

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In your post-grad job search, it will be nearly impossible to find a job when you have no experience. I have learned that through your classes in school you can have great experience with writing, computer programs, media tools, and more. However, it is important to look into those additional “resume boosters.”

Internships are key in building your career. Not only does it look good on the resume, but it gives you confidence, skills, and the edge on the other applicant. They are a great way to learn whether the career you are pursuing is the right one. I have known countless people who have completed internships and found that, the career they wanted isn’t exactly what they thought it was. Even if this is the case, you learn valuable professional skills along the way.

It is especially important for English majors since the job world is competitive.

Heads up: internships are often unpaid, but the experience you receive is priceless. You build connections, your resume, and your potential. So start searching for some summer internships and start getting your foot in the career world!

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Technical Writing

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It may seem horrific for an English major to be unable to use metaphors, descriptive language, or character development, but some people enjoy just writing the facts. Technical writing is just that: being able to describe something in a clear and concise manner.

Technical writers are employed by almost every company that needs brochures, company descriptions, and basic company materials. They essentially work to make sure that the company they are writing for maintains professional in its publications. Technical writers also gather photographs, arrange and edit materials for publishing, confer with co-workers and customers in order to successfully publish the material.

It may be surprising, but the majority of their day is spent learning and educating themselves in the topic they are writing about. If they are incorrect in any way the company is in trouble. Writing is a small portion of their duties, because they first have to find what to write about and then actually publish it, while working with many departments and people to get it done.

This is a career that can be found anywhere and any place. If writing is your thing and enjoy learning and getting information across concisely, this may be the job for you!

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The skills we acquire as English majors…

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Thanks, Whitworth English!

When thinking about an English major, people usually think all we can really do is read and write. That isn’t the case, however, because in order to do these tasks successfully, it takes so many other skills.

English majors have:

“…the ability to comprehend, digest, summarize, analyze, and interpret complex discourses; secondly, it requires skills in research, bibliographic control, database management, and effective presentation and publication of reports and documents of all kinds. ” Thanks, GMU.

From my own experience, especially, I have learned how to analyze things thoroughly, whether that is a book, a concept, or an argument. It is easy to read an article or a statistic or what-have-you and believe it because you read it, or believe it is reality without looking into why someone wrote it or presented it. As an English major, you learn to look beyond what is in front of you. This is important in so many different careers. Some careers that we have discussed, like marketing and public relations, are a few examples that use these skills. If you are a marketing manager and see a statistic about how your company is making less money than your competitor, you could either think, “Well, this sucks. They must just be better than us,” or you could think as an English major would and say, “There is a reason behind this. I can fix this if I find the root of the problem.”

There is more to analyzing a text than most people think. We learn about reading between the lines not so we can see the overlaying metaphor of a Shakespearean play, but to use this skill later in life when we are working at a company, teaching, or writing.

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An unexpected choice: Public Relations

My other major, other than English, is in Public Relations Communications, so I thought I would start out my first career post with Public Relations. I think an important tip for an English major is to have another major to go along with it. Communications is an excellent choice because it opens up countless opportunities and career paths. One of these is Public Relations.

It may surprise people that a lot of writing and knowledge of the written word goes into PR. A Public Relations specialist is, essentially, the face of the company. The company’s reputation depends on the PR person’s decisions and ability to write positively for the company. According to princetonreview.com, a PR specialist must be a great communicator in print, person and over the phone. They work alongside journalists, consumers, management, sales and much more in order to get the best information and perspective on the company.

It is important to note that any company needs a Public Relations specialist. Whether it is in the media, food industry, retail and so much more. So, if you’re looking into English, this is definitely an option for you! You will constantly be writing and producing professional content like press releases, speeches, tweets, and more.

Internships for PR are constantly available and a great way to break into the business. March is the perfect time to start looking for summer internships, so if you think this career could be an option for you, get started today!

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