Encouraging words from a new graduate– and English major:
I will be working for a new medical firm (Systems4Health) based in Boca Raton, FL doing a mixture of product development, promotional strategy, content marketing, social media and copy writing.
I initially landed the job because of my writing/editing skills. On my third round of the interviewing process, although rather bold, I decided to re-write some of the pre-existing copy that they had up on their website, which they luckily ended up accepting and eventually used to replace their previous copy. Additionally, in my last round of the interview process, they gave me an assignment that asked me to conduct a pseudo-SWAT analysis, which is just a form of marketing analysis used to assess the position of your own brand within the market as well as where your brand stands in comparison to its competitors (brands/products). Completing this assignment was a breeze because, although it required me to do a lot of research, I approached it the same way I would a research or term paper for an English class. I was able to read through tons of medical journals and studies to compile and analyze data and did so under strict time constraints and presented my findings in a “highly organized and articulate” fashion–all skills I learned as an English major!!!
Being an English major in the business/medical world is seriously the most amazing thing ever. I get to “sit in” on ALL upper-level management meetings and weigh in on all business decisions regarding the company– especially when there are “words” involved! I even have ex-CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, accomplished marketing professionals, and world-class surgeons sending me documents to proof-read/edit and texting me with questions like “is it ‘who’ or ‘whom'”, and “what’s an appropriate synonym for the word ‘natural'”?–just to name a few!
I could go on forever, but I could not be happier with my decision and with my degree!!
–If you were a Loyola English major and would like to tell us about your job or your career, please send to Dr. Cole at firstname.lastname@example.org to be posted in a future installment of Alums at Work.
Starting this summer, the English Department is offering EN 090, a 1-credit internship that will allow students to do summer internships that require college credit.
You may do the internship wherever you like– not just in the Baltimore area. The paperwork can be complicated, however, so be sure to start getting the forms and signatures you need 1-2 weeks before the drop/add deadline for summer session. You will not be allowed to add the course after the drop/add deadline.
From the Huffington Post education blog, Tom Vander Ark explains how he chose to major in something “marketable”–engineering & finance– and reports that “it’s taken decades of remedial humanities to augment my job training.”
He clearly describes the pros and cons of majoring in something like English or choosing something more “marketable.” Worth reading.
Even though the Walters is an art museum, they offer a variety of summer internships in areas that seek out English majors. See especially– Development Intern, Director’s Office, Institutional Giving/Grants. These would be great internships for anyone interested in doing work for non-profits, in event planning and fundraising, and in grantwriting (which can be applied to many fields, not just art museums).
THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS APRIL 10.
You may take this internship for 1 credit during the summer by registering for EN 090. This is a course that requires special registration that must be completed by the drop/add deadline, so take care of the paperwork early!