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I'm an English Major Now What? Paperback – April 3, 2006
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About the Author
Timothy Lemire has used his BA in English from Boston College to land many jobs, including editor for the Boston Review. He is currently a communications specialist for Fidelity Investments.
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After all, physics majors become physicists, psychology majors become psychologists and history majors become historians. What do English majors become? Englishists? Englishologists?
People usually choose to major in English because they love literature, reading and writing. When they enter the workforce they find that they also love a place to live, transportation and eating.
Not to worry. Where there is linguistic communication -- speeches, presentations, commercials, ads, podcasts and broadcasts -- there is work for the English major.
I'm an English Major -- Now What? offers guidance to English majors who wish to translate their skills into employment. It dispels fears about career options, answers questions about education and job opportunities and refutes misconceptions about making a living from writing.
Each of Chapters Two through Eight offers a discussion of an opportunity for English majors, covering teaching, continued education (grad school, journalism school, Masters in Fine Arts), journalism, magazine publishing, book publishing, freelancing and business writing. Sidebars, glossaries, exercises and interviews add value to the information presented.
Chapter Nine lumps together radio, television, marketing, advertising, technical writing, public relations, public affairs, alumni affairs, military writing and nonprofits. The sketches of these careers are disappointing compared with the information available in previous chapters.
Author Tim Lemire goes on to lament the current state of English major programs (and higher education in general) and offers suggestions for improvement.Read more ›
This book is a worthwhile read not only for those graduating with an English degree but also for those just declaring an English major, who still have time to get a head start at school. An excellent, well-written, readable resource.
This book should be mandatory reading for all college graduates.
Review by Andrea Buginsky
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I had to buy this for my University class. An excellent buy, especially for the Kindle!Published on July 5, 2014 by Tabbitha Gordon
I had to buy this book for class. He's a little heavy handed and way too biased in certain areas, but all in all, an excellent resource for the English major who isn't sure into... Read morePublished on December 14, 2013 by Anna Edmonds
I purchased this book at a very important time in my life - during the final year of my undergraduate degree in English. Read morePublished on December 4, 2013 by -Corey
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If one is an English major and is super freaked out trying to find a job, don't worry -- this book will coddle you! I don't know how useful it will prove to be . . .Published on November 26, 2012 by Ryan H.
I was expecting so much more of from this book, seeing as I majored in English and graduated this spring, but it didn't tell me things I didn't know about, as far as career options... Read morePublished on September 20, 2011 by Tiffany Fulton
The book took a humorous look at the serious issue of looking for a job with a less than great major. Certainly worth reading.Published on January 13, 2011 by R. J. Bensinger
The book came in a timely manner and was is good condition. Well packaged and with a reciept. Very satisfactory.Published on October 14, 2010 by Sarah Ann Morriss