CAREERS IN ENGLISH FOR INTERNATIONAL GRADUATES IN THE US

Graduates who study English go on many different fields of work. The public and private sectors have many employers looking for employees in a range of roles.

ENGLISH – IS IT FOR ME?

English is a common degree choice for many students in the US, as it is a subject that allows them the freedom of expressing their thoughts and conveying them effectively. The skill of communicating ideas and concepts – by mouth or on paper, is quite a desired one for many employers. English is a subject that gifts you with many qualities that can be widely applied to several job sectors.

For example, studying English at a degree level develops your ability to understand abstract concepts, analyse text, plan, research effectively and recognise nuances in language. These all can be used in various careers because as you can imagine language and words are very important for employers. After all, almost every job has paperwork or some sort of formal writing concerned with it. Graduates with English degrees go on to jobs where these skills are relevant in.

WHY A CAREER IN ENGLISH?

International graduates who pursue career paths in English are notably interested in language, different types of literature and most often, writing. Many of the jobs they decide to do are related to their subject at least on a small level. English gives you more than just writing skills however, it allows you the chance to think critically with logic and open-mindedness, which is great for those looking to progress to careers such as law or politics as many English graduates do.

An important fact to remember about employers when looking for a job in the US is that one of the characteristics they value the most is being able to communicate effectively. This was briefly mentioned earlier, but there really are significant amounts of data showing that employees that do have this skill – mostly derived from a career in English – are hired and given promotions more often.

WHAT KINDS OF JOBS CAN I DO WITH AN ENGLISH DEGREE IN THE US?

There are almost limitless possibilities on what career you can do with an English degree in the US, as so many of them involve learning on the job and receiving training, but the jobs most directly related to this career path that people may pursue are:

  • Journalist
  • Digital Copywriter
  • Marketing Executive
  • Archivist
  • Academics
  • Librarian
  • Social Media Manager  

However, remember that your options are not limited to these, there are hundreds of careers to choose from out there. These are only the most common and popular, ones that are worth looking into first. Regardless of the career path that suits you, a degree in English will equip you with the essential skills that every employer really wants in its employees, and you’ll know that you’re in a good position for your future.

TOP EMPLOYERS AND WHAT THEY WANT

When it comes to creative subjects like English, many people struggle with visualising a clear, straight career path for themselves, and are uncertain due to this lack of confidence and understanding. In fact, this should be something to celebrate as with no clear line, it means that you get to choose what path to follow – or even make your own! As an English graduate, many doors will be open for you, even if you can’t see all of them. Many top employers in the US are looking for enthusiastic people who are willing to give their all to a role and are able to put in the hard work and effort. More importantly, previous experience will make you stand out amongst the other candidates.

Places you can get work experience from can be any local place looking for help, or even your school! Perseverance and resilience are also crucial qualities that many people forget to have in job searching; your career path may not always be easy but it’s important to remember that you’ll reach your goal soon. Lastly, don’t worry if you’re not certain whether your degree will limit your career options; many employers will consider graduates and applications from any degree subject, so you’ll never be restricted in terms of your future.

In conclusion, there are many different career pathways you can take as an English graduate, and there are many more that you might not have heard of, let alone considered. These career profiles give you a sense of what careers are on offer, but it’s up to you to investigate further and decide which one is for you. While how to progress in each career path has been stated, it’s always important to remember that there is more than one route to acquiring a job. Make sure you don’t feel restricted to only one method, as employers and the employment sector in the US are open-minded to other means. This is especially true for university degrees; when picking your subject, it can be hard to see how you can do jobs outside the obvious ones directly related to your degree. So even if you find yourself thinking you’re not sure what to do with your English degree, don’t forget that the answer is almost anything!


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