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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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Journalism!

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Journalism is a very complex career… You have to be able to write, communicate, and research. Journalists have to conduct interviews, write on a deadline, fact-check information given to you by your sources, build contacts, and much more!

There are many different types of journalism paths you can pursue. Print, broadcast, and sports journalism, along with photojournalism. Many journalists need to be educated in photography, film, and writing, because the internet has evolved this industry into a multimedia trade.

Journalists need to be well-versed in social media practices because news is more prevalent and most viewed online with twitter and news sites. They also need to be unbiased (although there are some who break this rule) because their stories are going out to the world, which is made up of countless viewpoints and cultures.

If you love to write, this may be the career for you. It is a fast-paced environment and no two days are the same. Stories and headlines change every day!

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