What Can You Do with a Major in English?

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Your guide to glide from campus to career

You've probably never seen a help wanted ad seeking an "English major." But if you're considering majoring in English or have an English degree, don't let that discourage you. Many interesting and exciting positions are available for people with your skills—including some that will surprise you. This book gives you what you need to seize those opportunities. It goes ...

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Overview

Your guide to glide from campus to career

You've probably never seen a help wanted ad seeking an "English major." But if you're considering majoring in English or have an English degree, don't let that discourage you. Many interesting and exciting positions are available for people with your skills—including some that will surprise you. This book gives you what you need to seize those opportunities. It goes beyond basic, generic job primers to include:
* Advice on college and curriculum choices—courses, internships, and more
* Tips to energize your job search
* Profiles of real graduates, their jobs, and how they got them
* Up-close and professional input from a publisher, journalist, speech writer, librarian, and literary agent
* Overviews of typical salary levels, hours, and work environments
* Extensive additional resources including Web sites, professional organizations, periodicals, and more

With practical information plus enlightening perspectives from professionals who have already put their English degrees to work, What Can You Do with a Major in English? helps you determine the type of job you really want. Then, whether you're just starting college, close to graduation, or already in the workforce and looking for a more rewarding position, you can make decisions that will speed you toward your career goals.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764576058
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 2/18/2005
  • Series: What Can You Do with a Major in... Series, #3
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 120
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.29 (d)

Meet the Author

JENNIFER A. HOROWITZ is a graduate of Columbia University with a degree in education of the gifted from Teachers College and in writing from Barnard College. She has worked in New York City schools, with educational publishers and authors, and as an advisor to parents of gifted children.

SHELLEY O'HARA is a professional writer and the author of more than 100 books. She holds a Master's in English from the University of Maryland.

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Table of Contents

About This Book.

What Do You Want to Be When You Grow Up?

How This Book Helps You Make Smart Decisions.

Who This Book Can Help.

A Guide to the Book.

1. Majoring in English.

Choosing a Major.

A Closer Look at an English Major.

The Job Outlook.

2. Choosing a College.

Researching Colleges.

Looking into the English Program.

Applying to College.

Special College Situations.

3. Making the Most of Your Time at College.

Planning Your Classes.

Writing and Editing.

Joining Clubs and Organizations.

Internships, Volunteering, and Part-Time Work.

Networking While in School.1

4. Attending Graduate School in English.

Planning for a Postgraduate Degree.

Selecting Your Undergraduate Coursework.

Selecting a School and Degree Program.

Getting in to Graduate School.

Returning to School.

Pursuing Other Graduate Degrees.

5. Breaking into the Job Market with an English Degree.

Planning Ahead.

Preparing Your Résumé.

Finding a Job.

Interviewing for a Job.

6. Career Possibilities for an English Major.

Writers and Editors.

Journalism Careers.

Advertising and Public Relations.

Teaching.

Librarians.

Still More Career Possibilities.

7. Case Studies.

Michele, a College Librarian.

Christine, a Lawyer.

Fran, a Journalist.0

Dan, a Political Speechwriter.

Appendix: Resources.

Honor Societies.

Organizations, Associations, and Societies.

School and Career Web Sites.

Journals, Magazines, Books, and More.

Self-Administered Aptitude Tests.

Career Counseling.

Index.

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