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!
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!