As we embark on another school year, English majors who are juniors and seniors (or their parents) are asking this question with greater urgency, while incoming students may be questioning their choices.
Just a moment to point out (again) the encouraging guidance of For English Majors, whose most recent post notes one of the human elements in business productivity and leadership that a literary education may provide:
Fortunately for all of us who claim to be human beings, motivation is more complicated than that and can’t be cranked into high gear for groups of people using formulas provided by “experts.” The secrets to fathoming motivation live many places. One of them is within the pages of great books. So if you’re reading some, consider that you may, indeed, be preparing yourself to be in business leadership.
Add the additional detailed advice of Jobs for English Majors. A recent post focuses on new directions in editorial careers:
Gone are the former staples of story meetings at which editors debated only amongst themselves which stories to include in the magazine. These days, research using services like Google Trends — which provides insights into what users are searching for and thus, which stories are likely to capture the attention of Web surfers — fill up an increasing amount of every editor’s day.
An English major thinking about a future in professional writing/editing will have to add technical skills beyond word-processing to his or her resume.