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What Can You Do With an English Degree?

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I had a lovely email from a reader asking if I could pass along a link to Creative Jobs for English Majors.

Since I had been an English major many decades ago, I was eager to check out the webpage created by Maryville University.

After checking out the website, I knew I’d be happy to recommend it to readers who wondered if they could actually get a well-paying job, doing something they loved, i.e., working with words.

I’m happy to report that there are many opportunities in today’s world for those with a Bachelor’s in English. (Back in my day, just about everyone with an English degree went on to teach.)

Pleasure, Privilege, Power

If you work with words, you wield power. Think about it. Words can call forth volunteers, woo lovers, nurture the spirit, comfort those in need. Words can start or end wars.

In writing fiction, one selects words to transfer something born of the imagination into words on paper so others can “see” something that didn’t exist before you put it into words.

I believe Leo Rosten, a mid-twentieth American writer, did not exaggerate when he said: “Words. They sing. They hurt. They teach. They sanctify. They were man’s first immeasurable feat of magic.”

Takeaway Truth

If you love language and long for the chance to make a living articulating ideas in writing, be sure and check out Creative Jobs for English Majors.

Joan Reeves aka SlingWords: The Word Slinging Adventures of Joan Reeves

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