Not an easy question to answer. Looking back, I’m not sure I would take this path again. At the same time, though, there is something to be said about the soft skills taught in the humanities. Below, I’ve reproduced a comment I found online. It is from an English major that found value in his degree.
The comment reinforces my personal belief that English majors can definitely find work in the real world. But it requires adapting and evolving your skill-set into the world of business and profit. While the context is different (the English major below started his career many years ago in a different economy), I think that most of what he says is true today.
Here is a story about a successful English major with some really excellent and timeless career advice . . .
Last month, Selloutyoursoul.com launched a simple contest. Readers were asked to share the “best advice or lesson they’ve learned trying to find a career with a humanities degree.”
I really encourage you to check out the full response. There were really some insightful, knowledgable, and unique answers that will help you if you are searching for a job with your humanities degree.
Here is the winner of the $20. Without wanting to sound cliche, it was hard to pick the best answer. A lot of experience was shared. But I picked this answer because I think it is the first and most important breakthrough you need to experience if you are to find a job outside of academia with your BA, MA, or PhD. Everything remains in limbo until you realize this basic truth.
Below is a long, exhaustive list of the best jobs for English majors and other humanities degrees (BA, MA, and PhD). Last updated in 2014.
After you finish this post, I also wrote an article about 5 emerging careers most humanities majors don’t know about and published a very helpful interview and article called, the Ultimate Guide to English Major Careers here.
Finally, after struggling for two years, I share my advanced advice and practical steps in my eBook, which lays out a 18-week practical roadmap and shows you how to market your degree to employers.
Let’s go through this long list of jobs.
It was April. My last month at graduate school. I was walking through the bright library searching for books to help me find a career with my English degrees (BA and MA in English). It seemed grim. Where do English majors end up after graduation? Teach? A proofreader? Teach?
This week, I’m very proud to release my book: How to Find a Career With Your Humanities Degree in 126 Days. And until Friday, December 09th 2011, you can save 50% off the cover price by using the code 126DAYS at the check-out.
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If you have read my blog and are searching for the next step, this book is for you. My blog is about the emotional costs of leaving academia.
This book is the complete guide to finding a career with your humanities degree–even if you have no money, a crappy resume, and no idea of where to start.
About the 126 Day Challenge
How to Find a Career With Your Humanities Degree in 126 Days is a 18 week challenge (126 days) where you are shown the exact steps and actions needed to get out of ‘liberal arts career limbo.’ The 126 Challenge is to show you how to get out of this mess, using step-by-step weekly and monthly tasks.
This book is a “life-hack” and is written from someone in the trenches. This is practical, real-life knowledge, and is designed to take you step-by-step from where you are now and towards a rewarding, profitable humanities career.
This book contains every lesson I have learned and the mistakes you can avoid.
This is the book I wish I could have read when starting out.
To find out more to claim your 50% off 126DAY coupon click here.
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Learn how to translate your English degree into a profitable skill-set. An interview with Michael Edmondson.
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Since writing the article below, I’ve created a long, detailed list of just about every job an English major can get. You can read this long list of over 35 jobs for English majors here.
This article shows that professors often give English majors terrible advice about how to find a career with their English degree. The article offers a much more productive solution, helping English majors to invest their energy and ambition into their own skills and future.
To find a job with your English degree takes time, especially if you are career searching with a MA or PhD. This is my story about quitting my job and it shows you how aggressive action can help accelerate your ability to find Master’s and PhD jobs. (more…)