After the English Major
Your time as an English major (unfortunately) cannot last forever. What are your next steps, diploma in hand?
Should I go to Grad School?
The answer will vary for everyone, and has a lot to do with what your ultimate career or enrichment goals might be. If you want to be a professor, yes! If you want to work in publishing, not necessarily! If you just want to learn more about literature, maybe! Feel free to set up a meeting with the Director of Undergraduate Studies, the Director of Advisement, or one of your professors to discuss graduate school after the major. You can also click here to read more about it.
Do English majors get hired?
As a matter of fact, they do! The Wasserman Center for Career Development at NYU recently polled the class of 2017, and 94% of reporting English Alumni sought out and and found work in a relevant career.
What kind of careers do English majors have?
Our Alums have found careers in so many things: education; business (for example, marketing or human resources); government; law; publishing; journalism; education; non-profit. Do you have a specific career goal in mind? Feel free to meet with us--we can discuss if English seems like a major that could get you to that goal.
Where could I read more about these careers and hireability?
Here are a few quotes and articles that discuss English majors and their career paths and outlooks:
“The top occupations for English-degree holders ages 27 to 66 are elementary and middle school teachers, postsecondary teachers, and lawyers, judges, magistrates and other judicial workers.” Link to article: “The Myth of the English Major Barista”
“The skills humanities majors develop — specifically writing, adaptability, problem solving, and collaborating — top the list of things employers say they are looking for in job candidates, over and above the technical skills directly associated with the position, according to many employer surveys, including one The Chronicle conducted in 2012.” Link to article: “Jobs Will Save the Humanities”
“Those [top characteristics of success at Google] sound more like what one gains as an English or theater major than as a programmer. Could it be that top Google employees were succeeding despite their technical training, not because of it?...No student should be prevented from majoring in an area they love based on a false idea of what they need to succeed. Broad learning skills are the key to long-term, satisfying, productive careers. What helps you thrive in a changing world isn’t rocket science. It may just well be social science, and, yes, even the humanities and the arts that contribute to making you not just workforce ready but world ready.” Link to Article: “The surprising thing Google learned about its employees — and what it means for today’s students”