Ellie Fawcett. From her website: www.elliefawcett.com
Ellie Fawcett graduated from Ball State with a BA in English Literature in 2017. In college, she served as a member of the marketing team for the 2015 Digital Literature Review and as a strategic communications intern for Jacket Copy Creative. Fawcett now works for Englin’s Fine Footwear as a content creator for their blog and as a manager of their social media.
What is the most interesting part of your job?
I love getting to spend everyday creating. Figuring out what problems customers have, researching how to solve those problems, and creating new information resources is really, really fun!
If things develop as you would like, what does the future hold for your career?
If all goes according to plan, I would eventually like to transition to a position as a content creator for an agency where I’ll have the opportunity to work on more content topics.
What skills are required in your position on a day-to-day basis?
My position requires research skills, the ability to write in specific tones for specific audiences and to determine who the audiences are, the creativity to find new and interesting content topics to cover everyday, and the ability to work with a team. A good foundation of what sometimes get called soft skills is pretty essential to my job. Continue reading →
On Wednesday, September 17, the Ball State Career Center hosted the Cardinal Job Fair at Worthen Arena. 143 employers were on campus.
Did you go? And if not, why is that?
What do employers want?
We spoke with a few English majors who said that, after taking a look at this Employee Guidebook, they decided that the Job Fair was for business and other pre-professional majors.
Notice how many employers list that they are looking for “All Majors.”
Ask an English major if they interpret that to mean, “We want English majors!” they’d say, “No.”
But ask employers if they mean, “We want English majors!,” they’d say, “Yes.”
Confusing, isn’t it?
Hard Skills vs. Soft Skills
One recruiter at the job fair said that his company can teach “hard skills” (the kind of thing you learn in a pre-professional major), but what they REALLY need are people with soft skills, such as teamwork, communication, and flexibility–the kind of skills English majors have in abundance.