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What Can I Do With This Discipline/Major?

For helpful resources on your career opportunities, explore the “What Can I Do with
This Major” guides for English.

Some common career titles for this major include:

  • Editors
  • High School Teachers
  • Postsecondary Teachers
  • Writers and Authors

For additional career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook
for hundreds of occupations, visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook.


Internships and Research Opportunities

Getting applied experience in your field is critical. The following resources will
allow you to learn more about your department’s opportunities and process, as well
introduce you to other major-specific internship posting resources. For more information,
email Dr.Michael Downs, English department internship coordinator.

Careers and Jobs

The resources below are a starting point for your job search. In addition to making
use of the Internet to do research, we encourage you to talk to people in the fields
you are interested in (don’t forget to use TU’s Tiger Mentor Network) to learn more about specific opportunities and organizations.

Sample Resumes and Interview Questions

For major specific resume samples, we encourage you to look at the Sample English Resume (PDF), the Sample English Resume- Internship Application 1 (PDF), or the Sample English Resume- Internship Application 2 (PDF) in addition to our Sample Resume Database.

Below are sample interview questions for your field. In preparing for the interview,
you’ll also want to review common interview questions (PDF) asked of all majors, thoroughly research the organization, dress professionally,
and visit the interview skills section of the Career Center’s website. You can practice your interview skills online
via Big Interview or schedule a mock interview with a Career Center staff member.

Interview Questions

  • Describe a time when you effectively utilized your editing skills.
  • Can you describe a situation in which your written work was criticized?
  • What are the three most important qualities of a writer of prose?
  • Aside from classroom texts, what literature are you currently reading for professional
    development purposes?
  • What are some of the most difficult writing assignments that you have been given or
    have taken on yourself? Please explain.

Professional Associations

Professional associations offer many benefits to students, often including reduced-price
membership, mentorship programs, “careers in…” information, job and internship listings,
field-related conferences and publications, and much more. Be sure to check out sections
on the associations’ websites related to students, education, careers, etc.

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