It’s a sad fact that many people (including Arts students themselves sometimes) think that English graduates will not get good jobs. Besides all of the other things that an English degree teaches you–how to be a better citizen, what it means to be human in all of our diversity and complexity, how literature and language shape our knowledge and our sense of what is real and true (including self knowledge), how literature and language express emotion and can foster empathy, why the human imagination is important . . . . Oh, and yes, how to read carefully and with a critical eye, how to assess what we are reading, how to synthesize enormous amounts of information, how to interpret language and other sign systems, how to communicate effectively in oral, written, and digital fora , how to use our own imaginations for the greater good–English is also excellent training for a variety of jobs.
Um, perhaps that long sentence is not the best way to make my point!
Here’s the thing: our English students are much in demand, even by (perhaps) unlikely employers. For example, RIM (Research in Motion, of BlackBerry fame, but you know that) can’t get enough of our students for co-op and other jobs. They even come to us recruiting, as happened yesterday in the English department. With pizza! Pictured here are co-op students in English (both undergraduate and graduate) meeting with hiring managers from RIM and learning about available positions.
RIM hires dozens of English co-op students every year for positions in technical writing, editing, website design, and other areas.
Did you know that English co-op has one of the best placement rates for students on the whole uW campus? Also, uW is one of the few universities that offers a co-op option for English Masters students.
We rock! And we get jobs 🙂