The title of this article says a lot: “Why Focusing Too Narrowly in College Could Backfire.”
What’s more, the venue in which it appears: the Wall Street Journal, the paper of record for business types.
What’s even more, the section in which it appears: “Wealth Management.”
This clear-headed article may help you respond to parents, friends, and peers who give you grief about a liberal arts major. Not only is it an exciting intellectual experience that helps you lead the examined life, it very well may be a smart long-term career decision!
Conde Nast terminates internship program
Conde Nast (publisher of Vogue and other popular magazines) has shut down its internship program due to lawsuits about the fact that they are unpaid. Here’s a response from Greyhound editor Emily Shaw that’s definitely worth reading. What do you all think of this issue? Is the fight for compensation a fight for justice? Or is it hurting your job prospects?
Take a look at this thought-provoking article from the Atlantic Monthly that suggests that college students who get unpaid internships don’t necessarily have a leg up in the post-graduate job market. (Note that for English majors in the studies they cite, there appears to be little difference between students with no internship, those with unpaid internships, and those who have paid internships.)
The question they leave unanswered is, why is this?
The comments section debates this question. My $.02: many internships for college students, especially those in EN-friendly fields (marketing, communications, PR, advertising, journalism, publishing), are frankly not worth very much. Yet I would argue that internships per se are not the problem: rather, it’s the kind of internship you get, and what you do once you get it. I think it’s important in these fields more than others that interns need to make sure that they are obtaining skills, developing networks, and the like– these are tangible and important benefits from having internships, and are usually not guaranteed by the employer. It’s up to you– the intern– to make sure you get out of the internship what you need in order to ensure future success.
What do you all think?
Inaugural Fall Career Fair
Loyola University Maryland
Wednesday, October 30th
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm in Reitz Arena
Dress professionally and bring lots of copies of your resume!
The Career Center has over 50 employers registered, both local and out-of-state. It is open to all undergraduate and graduate students and alumni. The list of attending employers is available here.
It was great to see so many of you on Monday night (10/21/13) for our alumni jobs panel. The panelists, all English majors graduating from Loyola between 2001-2012, described their own fortuitous, circuitous, and at times, momentous paths to employment. Working in fields from public relations to teaching to urban planning to politics, the panelists all agreed that majoring in English gave them what they needed to find success– even, as one panelist put it, “happiness.”
For those of you who missed it, one of the panelists, Anna Idler (’12), who works in public relations for Bravo Group in Philly, posted about it to her company blog. Here’s a link:
As she says,
“The goal of the event was to highlight not merely what college graduates in the humanities do with our English majors, but really, what having an English major did for us as we navigated the working world.”
Her post includes some great tips about how to take your EN skills into the world of jobs and careers, so be sure to check it out!
English Alumni Career Panel
Monday, October 21, 7pm
Recent and mid-career graduates will talk about the job market—how they landed that first job and how that fits into their career plans. Remember: the question is not “What do you do with an English major?” But rather “What do English majors do?” There are as many answers as there are English majors. Come hear from some. And did we mention free pizza?
- Elizabeth Berry (2012), sales and marketing, Baltimore Convention Center
- Olivia Ceccarelli (2010), project manager, Division of Neighborhood Revitalization, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
- Nadia Firozvi (2004), policy advisor, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
- Kevin Hattrup (2004), English teacher, Calvert Hall High School
- Anna Idler (2011), account coordinator, Bravo Group
Also check out these helpful web resources:
Questions about the panel? Contact Dr. Norman, email@example.com
Questions about internships? Contact Dr. Cole, firstname.lastname@example.org