Can an English major work in business-related jobs?
As my question says, I'm wondering how successful an English major would be at working in business-related jobs. For example, I'm really interested in the publishing industry. Can you find success working in the publishing industry with only an English degree, or would you recommend double-majoring in business & English (or at least majoring in English with a business minor)? Would you also say that it depends on the specific department that you're interested in working in (e.g. editorial, production, sales, publicity, marketing, etc), or is it better to have an English and business degree either way? I'm interested in hearing from employers and employees with personal experience regarding this type of scenario. Thank you in advance! business english job career publishing work career-counseling career-advice advice education major college-major choosing-a-major help career-planning career-path student student-advice business-field english-major english-degree business-degree business-major career-help job-experience work-experience
Yes! Effective communication and writing skills are essential in business. They are not the only skills you will need though. You should expand your thought process and seek out areas of business that are interesting to you and gain some experience you can leverage to find a business job after you graduate.
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Hi Catherine! I have an English undergraduate degree and an MBA. I have found that the combination of these two concentrations work very well in the business environment and would imagine that studying these fields would be beneficial in most industries. You're on the right track when you ask about the specific department of interest (e.g. editorial, production, sales, publicity, marketing, etc). There are several great answers here - I hope that you were able to gain a clearer perspective about your future endeavors. Best of luck!!
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Absolutely! I have a secondary education degree with a History major. To my parent's dismay I never worked as a teacher - because I didn't get a job in that field out of college and I needed something to pay the bills. First think I think of when I think of English major is communication - writing skills. Do you have good writing skills? Good communication is critical in the business world and people with those skills are absolutely needed in a business-related job.
An English degree is very useful in business. Strong communication and writing skills are useful in the Sales, Marketing, Human Resources, and other business departments. Even IT, Finance and Accounting department have a need for English majors.