By: Maggie Sutton
You can do almost anything with a degree in English. Our alumni agree. The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) agrees. Even Google agrees. Employers want the skills and experiences English majors have in spades.
So, what do you need to do to prepare for the “real world”?
Employers want to hire skillful writers. NACE’s second most valued skill was written communication.
English classes help to polish written communication skills, so remember that when you’re buried in essay deadlines!
2. Demonstrate Team Work
Teamwork was the most valued attribute in the NACE survey.
The thing about teamwork, of course, is you can’t do it by yourself.
Check out the English department’s immersive learning courses for all the teamwork experience!
3. Get Some Work Experience
Internship experiences with the organization or in the industry were the most influential of the desired experiences found by NACE.
Internships and work experience are pretty important.
General work experience counts too, be it on or off campus. So that job delivering pizzas or working a desk on campus isn’t just bringing in some cash.
For all things internship, job, and career related, go to your own personal one-stop shop career coach Eilis Wasserman!
4. Show Initiative
67.5% of employers in the NACE survey valued initiative in new hires.
Show initiative by going to the star party and getting involved!
Everything the Humanities departments have to offer will be on display at star party:
- Immersive learning courses
- Honor societies
5. Cultivate Empathy
Empathy is pretty essential if you don’t want to be a jerk. Google and NACE found it’s just as valuable to be empathetic if you want to get hired. It’s funny how that works.
To show and develop empathy, look into Creative Writing in the Community or take a fiction class (reading fiction has been shown to increase empathy), perhaps with our new faculty member Professor Sarah Domet?
When you succeed and get that dream job, let us know so we can let everyone at BSU English in on the good news!