Design

Design is an important part of writing in college and in the professional world because it is the first impression a reader gets of a document. Design not only refers to the visual appeal of a document but also includes the way the information is organized. Design skills involve the ability to transform complex information into an easily understandable document.

In the Classroom

Design as a writing skill is introduced when students learn to write papers. Students are required to use a specific format, such as MLA or APA and must organize essays in a certain way. For example, essays must include an introduction with a clear thesis to present the main idea, body paragraphs to convey information, and a conclusion to review and summarize the ideas of the essay. These organization guidelines make it easier for a reader to understand the paper.

Potential Jobs

Technical Writer

Technical Writers do mostly contract work creating instruction manuals, user manuals, and other documents for products. They can also produce and maintain the help sections and frequently asked questions sections of websites.

Web Developer

Web Developers create and design websites for businesses, including the layout, writing, and function of a website. Web Developers must ensure a website is easy to navigate and is visually appealing.

Advertising Director

The main objective of Advertising Directors is to get a product seen. They manage and create documents, like brochures and catalogs, to promote businesses.

How Are These Jobs Relevant?

Design is a vital skill for each of the jobs described above. In the case of a technical writer, the information in an instruction or user manual must be clearly organized and easy to understand. For example, if the document is poorly designed it may cause a person to disregard or misunderstand the information about a product which could lead to injury, and possibly even a lawsuit for the company. A web developer’s job is to create a website that people will want to look at and that is easy to navigate. Poorly designed websites confuse and frustrate readers, or even prevent people from continuing to use the website which could be bad for business. Design is important for advertisers because the main goal of their documents is for the product or service to be seen. If the advertisement for a product is not well-designed it could deter someone from using the product.

Usefulness in Other Settings

Besides being important in the classroom or workplace, design skills can also benefit people in their daily lives. Design skills can improve communication through personal documents and social media. For example, a well-designed Facebook post can clearly express thoughts or information while a poorly designed post is confusing and could be misinterpreted.

Grace Heil

Time Management

Time management is one of the most overlooked, but important skills for English majors. Time is a commodity. Time management is something that every employer and academic institution values in their employees and students. Learning to manage time wisely is not only a skill that is important to succeed in college, but it is also essential in every career.

In the Classroom

English majors understand the need for time management and its importance in succeeding in college. Time management for English majors in the classroom involves daily and weekly planning; establishing study habits; using software and the internet to plan and schedule, and creating set times to complete assignments and projects. English majors understand that a key component to successful time management is to avoid loaded procrastination by dividing large projects into small, manageable projects.

Potential Jobs

Education Administrators

Education administrators, College Deans, and Department Chairs require a high degree of time management. They are called upon to take the lead in planning, delegating responsibilities, and coordinate faculty, instructional, student, and administration services at universities, colleges, and community colleges.

Advertising and Promotions Managers

Advertising and Promotions Managers rely on strong time management skills to plan and coordinate advertising programs and produce advertising materials to small businesses, departments, and entire organizations.

Attorneys

Attorneys bill their clients based on time. Good time management allows attorneys to juggle a variety of activities including research, interviews, represent clients in legal proceedings, review legal documents, and advise clients on legal matters.

How Are These Jobs Relevant?

All these careers require time management skills. Successful time management allows more productivity and less rework and problems. The American Bar Association includes Time Organization in a list of seven Core Skills and Values that students should acquire in preparation for the law. All attorneys implement time management into their law practices to maximize efficiency and provide better service to their clients. Advertising and Promotions Managers rely on time management strategies to complete promotion and advertising campaigns and to meet deadlines. Education Administrators must rely on effective time management to meet the organizational and administrative demands of their institution, and also to provide ample time to meet the needs of their faculty and employees.

Usefulness in Other Settings

Time management skills are valuable in all careers, but also in many other aspects of life. Developing effective strategies for managing time helps juggle and prioritize the conflicting demands in life. A good time manager will be able to make time to study, plan a vacation, and manage time to search for a career. Time management experts agree that chronic lack of time leads to stress and health issues, while successful time management promotes better moods and sounder, healthy living.

Kenneth Anderson

Post-Graduate Profile Sample

This will be your introduction for the person you interviewed. Include info such as: Where are they from? When did they attend the university? Was English their first choice? and why? Between 3-4 sentences.

Degree

What post-graduate degree are they pursuing and why did they choose to continue their education? Was it an easy or difficult choice? Did they have to move? Better/different questions may come to mind depending on the degree being discussed. For instance, was it always their plan to pursue this post-graduate degree or was it a completely opposite direction? Between 4-5 sentences.

Preparation

What was the application process like? What tests needed to be taken? (i.e. GRE, GMAT? etc..) How did English prepare them? Do they feel at an advantage over others because of their English degree? Between 4-5 sentences.

Careers

What are the potential careers for them with this post-graduate degree? What career are they shooting for? Do many people in this career often have a bachelors in English? What other ways are they different/not different from others in the field? Between 4-5 sentences.

Off the Clock

Pursuing a post-graduate education can be time-consuming and stressful for most. What ways do they blow off steam and walk away from their work for a moment? Does their program encourage them to do this? For instance, the creative writing graduate students at UL hold a reading every Thursday night at a bar as a way to share their work and get to know their colleagues better. Between 4-5 sentences.

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Alumni Profile Sample

This will be your introduction for the person you interviewed. Include info such as: Where are they from? When did they attend the university? Was English their first choice? and why? Between 3-4 sentences.

Current Position

What is their current position? What is their day-to-day work flow? Is it different from what they expected? Between 3-4 sentences.

Preparation

How did English prepare them for this position? Did they feel they had an advantage over others? Between 3-4 sentences.

Skills

What skills learned from their English degree do they use in their position? How do they use these skills? Between 3-4 sentences.

Accomplishments

Have they made any major accomplishments within their position that they may owe to being an English major? How or why? Between 3-4 sentences.

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Research

Research is a skill that all English majors learn. Research is not only required to complete an English degree, but it is a major asset when looking for a job. Employers value an employee who can compile information while gathering facts and reaching new conclusions. Research is the foundation for writing in the workplace.

In the Classroom

While research is taught to all first-year university students, English majors are expected to perfect this skill. English courses teach students to use multiple databases and online libraries, such as JSTOR or EBSCOhost. These databases consist of millions of potential sources, which English majors navigate to find suitable citations. English majors learn the best ways to compile information, whether it is checking out books in the library or searching through articles on an online database.

Potential Jobs

Analyst

An analyst is expected to gather large amounts of information and then identify patterns likely to affect their company. After analyzing their research an analyst must put together easy-to-read reports for shareholders and departmental managers.

Journalist

Journalists are tasked with researching, writing, and editing their own work for publication in a various number of different outlets. A journalist could be tasked with reporting on anything from politics to sports to fashion, so research skills are required.

Attorney

Attorneys, aside from their duties in the courtroom, are required to research and compile as much information as possible about their clients’ specific cases. The majority of their time is spent looking into case briefs and finding information on past court decisions.

How Are These Jobs Relevant?

An analyst’s job requires research skills; the better an analyst is at research, the more valuable he or she is to their company. In order to be a skilled analyst, one must be completely comfortable sifting through huge amounts of data, and then be able to put all of the information into a simple report. A journalist must have many of the same skills as an analyst, but instead they compile their information into an article for the public. Attorneys are usually only thought of in a courtroom setting, defending their clients in grand jury trials. However lawyers spend the majority of their time conducting research, so that they can defend their clients in the best possible way. For instance, imagine a lawyer going into a courtroom with no prior knowledge of his or her client’s case; it wouldn’t go well. Research skills are important in all job settings, with an attorney, journalist, and analyst being only three examples.

Usefulness in Other Settings

Not only is research useful in the academic world and the work force, but it is an everyday tool. For example, no one buys a car without first researching which car would best suit his or her needs. Reading reviews when shopping online is research, because it allows one to make informed buying decisions. Research is a skill that has an unlimited number of uses, whether it is in academia, the workforce, or even when shopping for that perfect pair of shoes online.

Dylan Moore

“Concentration” in English

Introduction to your chosen Concentration. Here you explain what it is, how it works and why it’s relevant to learn today. Try to be concise, but also give a general overview with 5-6 sentences.

Unique Offerings

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Skills You Will Learn

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Did You Know?

Here you will give an interesting fact about the concentration. This could be an interesting potential career path, further explaining an interesting type of course, or anything that you might think would be interesting for people looking for information about the concentration. Thinking outside of the box is encouraged. 3-4 sentences.

 

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“Skill Name” in English

Introduction to the skill. Try to explain why you chose this skill and what it means to English majors and employers alike. Should be about 3-4 sentences.

In the Classroom

How is the skill used and taught in the classroom? Should be about 3-4 sentences.

Potential Jobs

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How Are These Jobs Relevant?

Explain why the skill is a good fit for the jobs you listed. Try to be specific and give examples. Should be about 6-7 sentences.

Usefulness in Other Settings

Does this skill have any uses outside of academia and the workforce? Explain. Should be about 3-4 sentences.

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