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The semester is nearing its end. English majors in colleges and universities everywhere are tottering under a stack of research papers and projects. Is it worth it? Will there be a job at the end of the four-year tunnel, other than teaching, graduate school, or french-fries? Yes, Virginia, and here are the encouraging links to prove it:

1. A recent university career panel on “English majors’ job prospects” included teachers, but also grant writers and translators. Interesting!

“It’s a lucrative field,” said panelist Paul McNamara, a foundation giving officer and member of the SJSU Division of Advancement. “There is a lot of demand for it. Most grant writing is for research or a program that is going to benefit a particular community.”

McNamara explained to the 25 or so attendees that a grant is a narrative and a budget.

“A grant is basically a persuasive argument,” McNamara said.

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The panel members all emphasized organization, budgeting proficiency and desire to succeed as good qualities to have in an expanding field. The ability to turn a phase couldn’t hurt either.

Payscale.com lists popular careers for English majors, and the medial U.S. salaries. The 10 most popular:

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Jobs ranked by popularity among graduates. Annual pay for Bachelors graduates without higher degrees from all colleges. See full methodology for more.

And For English Majors offers tips and advice for English and humanities majors who are looking for careers in business, such as some of those mentioned in the chart above. The blogger of “For English Majors” points out that business employers

want leaders who are willing to slog through difficulty and navigate ethical complexity. Yet they’ve realized these abilities, while highly prized, are rarely found.

That’s because hiring managers are looking in all the wrong places.  They’re looking in the College of Business when what they’re looking for is in the Humanities Department.

This is a blog for English majors who would like to consider careers in business.  I’ll help you convince hiring managers that they’re really looking for educated employees, and that you have considerably more to offer than a narrow specialization (accounting, programming, etc.).  While the ultra-specialized technical skills you often read in job ads will create an army of qualified niche-filling followers, you have genuine leadership potential.

The ability to write well, read between the lines, anticipate human behavior and think critically are what define leaders. . . .

I hope this information encourages some of you. And of course, there’s nothing wrong with being a teacher. I should know!