Ellen Petry Leanse, entrepreneur and former employee of Apple and Google, noticed a startlingly high frequency of the word “just” among her female coworkers in conversation and email. Sentences starting in “I was just wondering” or “I just wanted to” left the speaker submissive and apologetic before making a request. This gave more authority and control to the recipient.
One of the misconceptions that kept me (and other English majors) from exploring various career options was that an English degree and technical jobs were incompatible. Why should someone who studied writing lead programmers or engineers?
Over on Medium, Lolita M. Taub writes about Jennifer Pugh, English major and technology product team manager for TakeLessons. Pugh’s story is proof even English majors can get one of the most sought-after jobs in tech.… Continue Reading
Do you wish you had more cash for books, travel, or even tuition? You could take out a student loan, sure, but you could also do what this NYU undergrad did – earning more than $48,000 per year.… Continue Reading
By studying English now, you’re setting yourself up for a lifetime of benefits.… Continue Reading
Want to give your career a powerful headstart, overcome procrastination, and impress employers? Then join our challenge.… Continue Reading
One of the requests I got while writing The English Major’s Guide to Getting a Job was to make it available on Kindle. Rather than sell the guide through Amazon’s storefront, I decided to build my own site (at my own expense) and sell it directly.
I’d like to briefly explain why I’m doing this the hard way – and why I think it’s worth it.… Continue Reading
This week, a friend in an Master of Library Information Science (MLIS) program forwarded a very interesting email to me.
In case you aren’t familiar, MLIS degrees are a perfect option for English Majors who want a master’s degree but want to pivot into non-literature studies.… Continue Reading
In The English Major’s Guide to Getting a Job, I explain how you can get years of experience before you graduate. This takes discipline, planning, and strategy – but it also takes honest self-examination. Willpower simply isn’t enough.
This may sound scary: “You mean I can’t achieve whatever I want if I simply try hard enough?” But the truth is this attitude is very liberating.… Continue Reading
In The English Major’s Guide to Getting a Job, I explain how you can freelance as a student and earn 2x, 4x, or even many more times what your classmates earn working minimum wage jobs.
However, finding the kind of high-paying freelance gigs that make this possible is a challenge. How can you get the experience needed to deserve high fees without spending years gaining experience?
Breaking into your dream career (the one where you’re paid to live your passion) can seem like waiting to win the lottery. But it’s not necessarily about the luck of the draw. In a recent 99U article featuring an interview with Catie Lazarus, host of Employee of the Month, Lazarus points out that the world is in fact “not a meritocracy”, as well as the differences between what we can control and what we can’t when working toward career goals.
The Wrong Mindset
Part of the problem we get ourselves into is having ridiculous expectations. Many of us have career idols that seem to have reached success completely on their own, without having to rely on support from loved ones. We think that if we are good enough, it shouldn’t matter who we’re connected to, and we shouldn’t have to look to others for help getting interviews or valuable work experience.… Continue Reading