What English Majors Do After Graduation

English majors will be prepared for careers in a number of fields. English majors from St. John Fisher College are currently employed in advertising, public relations, fundraising and grant writing, publishing, law, technical writing, public administration, and teaching. The work an English major does in his or her courses builds many valuable skills that the student can offer prospective employers, including the following:

  • Clear, correct, and forceful writing
  • Careful, analytical thinking and a creative approach to problem-solving
  • Research and organizational skills, such as knowing how to find information, separate relevant from irrelevant facts and issues, synthesize material from varied sources, and organize and present material to particular audiences with different expertise and interests
  • The ability to learn new information quickly and to adapt to it, a flexibility that is critical in a working world where technical training is apt to become obsolete, and most people change careers several times