After spending over a year getting feedback from English majors, professors, and professionals, I’m pleased to announce something. English Major Jobs 101: Everything You Need To Know About Finding A Job You Love is now live. Now you can quickly access the best job prep resources for English majors on any device. It’s also an important step forward for what’s coming next.… Continue Reading
Studying English isn’t like other majors (except maybe Art). You don’t spend your time thinking, “How am I going to get hired by Google doing what I’m doing?” Nor do you think, “How rich will this make me?”
Instead, English majors tend to be more focused on understanding the human experience. That makes us more accountable.… Continue Reading
Like writing, professional editing is a broad term that actually encompasses many different types of work. However, editing is different in that it’s essentially invisible. A well-edited blog post, book, or other document allows the writer’s strengths to shine – not draw attention to the editing itself. Since great editing is so hard to identify, how can English majors learn how to become a good editor?… Continue Reading
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
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 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?
We all have to start somewhere, and sometimes somewhere is the land where you work for free. But you don’t always have to work for free to get experience or to build your portfolio. So how can you know whether you should work for free or find a gig that pays?
This helpful infographic walks you through various situations where you might be tempted to work for free, and tells you whether or not it’s a good idea.
One main thing to walk away from the Flowchart knowing is to avoid employers that seem sketchy. This might mean employers who promise outlandish future rewards in place of immediate cash, employers that push the “build your portfolio” card to get you to agree to the work, or employers who fall back on being a “start-up” company as an excuse to pay you less.… Continue Reading