There aren’t many easy prospects for an English major leaving undergrad to face a difficult job market. Accounting majors become professional accountants. Journalism majors become professional journalists. Engineering majors become professional engineers. So what do English majors become?
Anything. My background didn’t prepare me a single field to put all my hopes in, but showed me that enthusiasm and dedication can yield positive results. I love the authors I’ve read over the past four years and I wouldn’t trade this time for anything. I’ve learned valuable things from some of the greatest thinkers from throughout the span of human existence.
One of my favorites has been Niccolo Machiavelli. In “The Prince” he said: “Consequently, those opportunities favored these men, and with their skill they seized the opportunity…Those who becomes princes through such skill acquire their principality with difficulty, but retain it with ease.”
Right now, I’m trying to find work in Public Relations and I couldn’t be more excited. Or hopeful.
A background an English in a difficult job market is a good thing. If it’s going to be more difficult for me to find a job, then I’ll work harder to find one I like, and make sure it’s something I really want to do. I’ll “retain it with ease” because it wasn’t an easy fit, but rather a hard won opportunity.