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Dwell in Possibility

Success after graduation

In a *2013 survey, 93% of employers agreed that a job candidate's demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly and solve complex problems is more important than their undergraduate major.

The most straightforward career paths including publishing and education. Many students will also go on to PhD programs in order to teach at the college-level, and others will seek graduate school for other disciplines, which highly value undergraduate degrees in English and Writing: MSW, law school, MSLP, MOL, MBA, etc.

"I found my degree really helped prove what a great communicator I am. That degree, combined with my experience as the editor of the student newspaper, helped me secure a fabulous job as a website manager with UnitedHealthcare. This job suits me perfectly as it requires web writing, communication and project management skills, all of which I learned at SAU."
-Stacy Bloom '99, Website manager at United Healthcare

Other career paths include:

Acquisitions Editor
Non-profit Coordinator
Fundraising & Special Events
PR Assistant
Research Analyst
Marketing Consultant/Coordinator
Web Content Writer
HR Manager
Project Manager

Real Estate Agent
Museum Collections Assistant
Literary Manager Assistant
Castings Assistant
Advertising Writer
Bookstore Manager
Advertising Representative
English Professor
Executive Producer/Writer
Freelance Writer
Grant Writer
Legal Assistant
Reference Librarian  
Columnist Researcher Teacher
TV Reporter
Web Editor
Peace Corps
College Counselor/Advisor Adoption Agent
Literary Agent
Fashion Merchandiser
Media Planner
Greeting Card Writer    

*2013 Association of American Colleges and Universities Survey

So how does one become English?

We get asked this question all the time. Because after all, an accounting major becomes an accountant, a nursing major becomes a nurse, right?

While students may at first fear the often indirect path of the English or Writing major, at St. Ambrose they quickly realize the vast and diverse opportunities and take comfort in the ability to dwell in possibility.

Rather than committing to one distinct career path, English students develop the most in-demand persisting skills, making themselves employable for numerous careers that value human interaction abilities such as writing, sociability, analysis, empathy, and "people focus."

The Double Major

Double majors are a hot commodity in today's workplace where writing skills are highly valued. To maximize your worth and expand your skillset, pairing another major with English or writing is a homerun.

Typical double majors include English & History, English & Political Science, English & Philosophy, Writing & PR/Marketing, Writing & Business.

Adding a writing or English minor to any degree also creates a very "marketable" graduate. In fact, technical writers have a higher than average 15% growth rate in the job market.