The Case for Career Education for English Majors
The problem is, although there are very real positions for English majors in the “real world,” they aren’t always aware of them. Geneseo should make an effort to consider English majors when they host career expos. The same accounting firms and local businesses should be contacted and asked if they are in need of people in their public relations offices. These positions are just as available to English majors as they are to communication majors. This is where the College can really help their English majors. Awareness, or lack thereof, is the main thing keeping an English major from a job at a pharmaceutical company where they could start at $60,000 to $80,000 as a copywriter of medical literature.
* I think the 60k to 80k number is a bit of hyperbole. The number is probably closer to 40k to 50k in higher markets by my guess. However, the lifetime value of that career education is pretty impressive given the value of getting a job 3 to 6 months earlier–as well as the long term consequences of starting out in the “wrong” career.