Finding your way after graduation can be challenging. This webpage is designed to help alumni find a career, stay connected with the UCF community and update their peers on their progress.
Articles on English Graduate Success
Students majoring in English are exposed to a wide variety of experiences through their studies. The following publication links relate to success English majors find in their careers.
- “Why I Hire English Majors”
An article showing some essential traits that employers are looking for and how English majors are well-equipped to meet those needs.
- “Why Major in English?”
An article reacting and responding to a Wall Street Journal survey that had shown starting salary disparities between English, computer science, and engineering majors.
- “The Ideal English Major”
A discussion of the values, attention, and lifelong importance in majoring in English, and what students gain from selecting this discipline.
- “English Majors Thrive in Diverse Careers”
An article giving some examples of how graduates became successful by applying the skills they learned as an English major.
- “The Survey of Doctoral Education and Career Preparation: The Importance of Disciplinary Contexts”
A comparison on preparedness and impact of earning a Ph.D. in Chemistry versus English in Higher education careers. (in Paths to the Professorate book).
- “In Search of Hard Data on Nonacademic Careers”
A discussion on the relatively limited collection of data relating humanities degrees with careers, and introducing “alt-ac” survey database. This tool is intended to better show the state of humanities graduates outside of academic positions and to tie this information back into the considerations of academic training and experiences.
A recent survey compiled by the Scholarly Communication Institute with the University of Virginia library, providing sample alumni career information, showing the level of schooling, organization/employer, and additional information/comments/questions. This may be useful to alumni and current students to see additional valuable steps from others to pursue career success.
- “Need Innovation? Hire Humanities Grads”
From CBSnews.com, an article that summarizes and shares insights from previous articles that relate to the value English majors bring to the workplace -specifically in innovative thinking.
- “The Case for Humanities Hiring”
An article looking at the graduate career success trends and the value that Humanities degrees bring to a variety of careers.
- “Want Innovative Thinking? Hire from the Humanities”This article looks at the distinct intellectual and practical skills that English majors bring to workplace settings, and how this sets them up for success.
Alumni Networking Resources
- English Alumni Facebook
A Facebook group where alumni are also invited to share news, network, find (and post) employment opportunities and keep in contact with each other.
- Texts & Technology Facebook
A Facebook page where current/alumni English students in the T&T program are invited to share news, network, find (and post) employment opportunities and keep in contact with each other.
Career Resources: Writing
- Book Jobs
Terms, descriptions, industry information, and a centralized Publishing job search tool (created by the Association of American Publishers).
- Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
A nonprofit professional organization specifically for writers and illustrators of children and young adult literature, magazines, film, television, and multimedia.
Screenwriting topic essays and advice, industry tips and perspectives, Q&A message boards, and editorials.
- Write Jobs
A career resource website for creative professionals, (part of the Writers Write, Inc. network).
- The Writer
A monthly online magazine focused on practical writing improvement, author tips, and literary markets.
- Writer’s Digest
Information, resources, community building, e-newsletters, and weekly blog dedicated to writing and getting published.
- Writers and Authors
Job descriptions, statistics, and resources about Writers and Authors (From The Occupational Outlook Handbook, created by the Bureau of Labor Statistics).
- Writers Guild of America, East
A labor union for writers in film, radio, and television (US East Coast).
- Writing Career
A career help and opportunities website for freelance writers (from FreelanceWriting.com).
Career Resources: Publishing / Journalism
- Association of American Publishers
The trade association for the U.S. book publishing industry, comprised of more than 200,000 members, 300+ companies, and areas of higher education.
- The Association of Magazine Media
A website with industry news, training, resources, jobs, networking, and advocacy issues associated with Magazine Media on all platforms.
- Journalism Now
A website of journalism news, industry-specific blogs, job resources, and opinion pieces, accepting submissions of potential articles and writing samples.
- Media Bistro
Job listings across the country related to publishing, advertising, design, and other media fields.
- National Newspaper Publishers Association
Also known as the Black Press of America, it is a 73-year old federation of more than 200 community newspapers from across the US.
- News Jobs
A search engine for newspaper, publishing, online, editorial, freelance, and multimedia writing jobs.
- Publishing Central
A website with blog posting guides on publishing, including books, magazines, audio, newsletters, E-Books, and self-publishing tips.
- Reporters, Correspondents and Broadcast News Analysts
Job descriptions, statistics, and resources about Reporters, Correspondents, and Broadcast News Analysts (From The Occupational Outlook Handbook, created by the Bureau of Labor Statistics).
Career Resources: Technical Writing
- American Copy Editors Society
A nonprofit education and membership organization for copy editors, with resources related to common issues, news, funding, advocacy, and related seminars.
- American Medical Writers Association
An association striving to promote excellence in medical communication, with content on networking, education, career, tools, and other resources.
Job descriptions, statistics, and resources about Editors (From The Occupational Outlook Handbook, created by the Bureau of Labor Statistics).
- Society for Technical Communication
The largest and oldest professional association for advancing the field of technical communication, with resources topics including publications, jobs, education, membership, and networking.
- Technical Writers
Job descriptions, statistics, and resources about Technical Writers (From The Occupational Outlook Handbook, created by the Bureau of Labor Statistics).
- Write A Writing: Technical Writing
A website related to a variety of writing topics; this link directs to the area of the website highlighting technical writing, including: distinctions within the English discipline, tips for getting started, salary range, job skills, and other topics.
Career Resources: Academia
- High School Teachers
Job descriptions, statistics, and resources about High School Teachers (From The Occupational Outlook Handbook, created by the Bureau of Labor Statistics).
- Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers
Job descriptions, statistics, and resources about Kindergarten and Elementary School Teachers (From The Occupational Outlook Handbook, created by the Bureau of Labor Statistics).
Job descriptions, statistics, and resources about Librarians (From The Occupational Outlook Handbook, created by the Bureau of Labor Statistics).
- Middle School Teachers
Job descriptions, statistics, and resources about Middle School Teachers (From The Occupational Outlook Handbook, created by the Bureau of Labor Statistics).
- National Council of Teachers of English
A professional association of educators in English studies, literacy, and language arts, providing learning, networking, and other resources to members.
- Postsecondary Teachers
Job descriptions, statistics, and resources about Postsecondary Teachers (From The Occupational Outlook Handbook, created by the Bureau of Labor Statistics).
A free job posting service website, sorting teaching and related service opportunities by location and position area.
- Teaching English Abroad
A website with many ESL resources, internships, short/long term job postings, and sorted by region and by country.
- Teaching English as a Second Language
A web search engine providing ESL-related articles, learning, and employment opportunity resources.
- Teaching For America
An organization whose mission is growing leaders who work to ensure that kids growing up in poverty will get an excellent education.