English majors receive tremendous flack for their ambiguous, hard skills-lacking, thought-provoking academic choices.
We are told we will never be prepared for the workforce, we might as well become teachers, and our peers will probably see us in drive-thru windows while we hand their coffee and frappes to them through their swank car windows.
While they button their shirts to their jugulars, recite scrawled messages from clients to their uninterested bosses, and slave away for hours for companies who only care about whether or not they make enough money for their overflowing pockets, English majors find careers they not only enjoy, but in which they also receive praise and adoration for their precise work.
People ask, “What can you do with an English degree?”
I ask, “What can't I do with an English degree?”
The options are limitless.
Not only are they limitless, but English majors do not possess any attachments to one specific occupational field. We spend four years honing our skills in writing, analytical thinking, communications, and perfecting core attributes crucial to any given work environment rather than honing our skills for distinct vocational trades.
Once I have an English and Creative Writing degree, I can pursue great ambitions to attend law school, dabble in the world of editing and publishing, or even aid authors as a literary agent in getting their work published. While I cannot attend medical school or other related specialities, I do not fret because I do not have any interest in pursuing those fields anyway.
With my degree, I can create a colorful resume and life. When I become frail and less agile, I can reminisce on times when I worked in a field because I not only loved it, but because I was also successful.
If you ever raise a child who chooses to pursue a major in English or in a related field, please do not fret. It is not a crisis, nor will this person reach a time when options diminish for future careers.
A major in English is for those who choose not to limit themselves. Instead, a major in English is for those who choose to believe they can not only explore the world and all of its possibilities, but they can also change the world with the help of the written word.
Lauren is a Ball State University alumna with a Bachelor's degree in English and a concentration in Creative Writing. She enjoys breakfast for dinner with a side of literary enjoyment.