Over the last few months, I’ve been unhappy with my skill development. I have lots of interests and passions. And while I work around 50 hours a week and have a satisfying career, I always have that nagging feeling of things I’m not accomplishing.
For example, there is a course I really want to take. This course is advanced and I know will help my career. But it requires me to invest a few nights per week, so I put it off. Yet, every month I delay I still think about that course, wonder what I would have learned, and feel like I need to sign-up.
Here is what I believe essential to happiness at work and the things I think I can do to feel more satisfied and fulfilled. (more…)
It was May. University was out forever and I was looking for an apartment. A mole-like woman in her fifties showed me the room. “And what was your major,” she asked. “I have an English degree,” I said.
“Oh!, so I guess that means you will HAVE to teach!” She said.
She was so happy when she said it. She was so happy to determine my fate. You studied English. Now, you HAVE to teach at high school.
Wizard school is over. Time to find a job in the real world, Harry.
As she told me later, she also took an English degree and taught at high school. Teaching at high school is an honourable profession. But just because you take an English degree doesn’t mean your only option is teaching.
I managed to escape that woman’s narrow thinking. You can too.
Here are 5 lucrative and growing jobs for people with English degrees that you probably haven’t heard of before.
This article offers seven rock-solid ways to help you get out of your dead-end job. It is based on personal experience and contains advice I’ve learned from successful people who worked their way up into careers from dead-end jobs.
1. This book to help you to not be intimidated by business majors.
2. This career book.
3. This article to help you understand how to sell your liberal arts degree to employers.
4. This basic tutorial to help you learn a bit of Excel. Not knowing Excel in the non-academic world is like not knowing how to use a word processer in academia. A little preparation goes a long way.
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.
Last month, I began to write a novel. I’ve always wanted to write fiction. It’s one of my life goals. And year after year, I kept on delaying. Even my Master’s degree was a delay. I thought learning about fiction was a good way to become a writer. Except I never wrote much.
It’s hard to write. You write embarrassing prose. Your story sucks. Your dialogue is friggen terrible. You feel immature.
This is why most people don’t start things: because the beginning is the hardest part of the climb.
Below is a long, exhaustive list of the best jobs for English majors and other humanities degrees (BA, MA, and PhD).
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.
To read more and claim your 50% off 126DAY coupon click here.
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.
This free course is about the practical techniques for writing “search-engine friendly” content. It will help you get more traffic for your website or blog and really is basic SEO (search engine optimization) knowledge that every contemporary writer should know.
Finding a career with an English degree takes time. This article shows how to speed up the process. It also shows you how reading book after book is delaying you from finding success and a job with your english degree.