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What can you do with a BA in English?

Get started on a cool career in today’s global workplaces with your English degree.

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    What can I do with an English degree?A degree in English is an asset, and can get you started on a cool career in today’s global workplaces. Have you thought about what you’ll be doing yet? Here are a few suggestions so you can plan ahead:

    English/ESL teacher
    Simply being good at speaking and writing English doesn’t make one a great English teacher. If you want to respond to the demand for English educators in this country and abroad, take education units. But don’t take them just to qualify for licenses, use those courses to learn what makes an effective teacher, and how to properly manage a classroom.

    While you’re in school: Practice your teaching technique by tutoring a younger sibling or relative, and stay with it for at least a semester so you can see if your work helped your student improve.

    Technical/Corporate Writer
    Financial reports, software manuals, project documentation — these are all writing projects too. Technical writers create these important documents. If you have the ability to write a complex concept as an easy-to-understand paragraph, then this could be a career path for you. If not, there’s time for you to learn.

    While you’re in school: Prepare by reading more specialized publications. Start with informative magazines or websites that can still be enjoyable (The Economist, or Popular Mechanics, depending on what you want your focus to be). Being a good technical writer starts with understanding the technical stuff.

    Editor
    If a company is working on a publication, it will inevitably need an editor. If you decide to try this out, you can find work editing a variety of works (books, magazines, reports, studies, websites, etc) on a variety of topics. You’ll need to have the skill of not just correcting grammar, but also of giving written work more substance and making it a better read for its audience.

    While you’re in school: Join a student publication’s editorial staff. Or take an internship or part-time job with a web or print publisher specifically to learn, ideally with a working editor who could give you feedback and be a mentor.



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