Careers

Access2Alumni Career Event, Fall 2012

Should anyone ever ask you what you plan to do with a degree in English, you can honestly tell them that the sky is the limit!  Students with degrees in English have a broad set of options, and with careful planning, your transition into the world of work can be determined and fruitful.

In an April 2013 survey conducted by the Association of American Colleges and Universities, employers emphasized they prioritize critical thinking, communication, and complex problem-solving skills over a job candidate's major field of study when making hiring decisions.  Additionally, they verified how highly they value ethics, intercultural skills, community involvement, global knowledge, and the desire for ongoing learning, which are ideals the College of Arts and Humanities at UM strives to instill in all of its students.  Furthermore, 94% of employers surveyed stressed the importance of a liberal arts education in gaining the skills they value, with 74% saying they would recommend a liberal arts education to their own children.

Click here to read an article on why companies love to hire English majors.

Click on the links below for more information on using your English degree to find a career that is right for you.

Get an overview of common career fields chosen by UMD English alums in our English Professional Pathways page. To see the innovative and diverse paths of alumni from our English department, be sure to visit the Featured Profiles page of our Alumni section, available here

News

November 8, 2018
Clara Morris, class of 2018, had her podcast Mean Book Club featured in Vulture. The podcast is made for English majors. Clara graduated from University of Maryland with a BA in English.
November 8, 2018
Jonathan Rick delivered a writing workshop to PR News at the Yale Club in New York. He also delivered six webinars to the Gerson Lehrman Group on email writing, virtual communications, and PowerPoint. 
November 8, 2018
Sununu Bah, an English major, helped start UMD's first Black Student Newspaper. The paper is called The Black Explosion and it is funded by the Nyumburu Cultural Center. Sununu is one of the co-editor-in-chiefs. There are two other English majors who are staff writers: Briana Briscoe & Mecca Mustafa. 
October 11, 2018
Elizabeth Acevedo's novel, The Poet X, has been announced as a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award for Young People's Literature.
September 7, 2018
Jonathan Rick had an article published in PR Daily about resume writing — specifically, the excuses that students tell themselves as to why they need a "skills" section. 
May 11, 2017
Denise Frye Childers, who was an English major at UMD in the early 1990s was recently named named the Charles County Teacher of the Year.
June 20, 2016
According to Zippia, the University of Maryland, College Park is the number one college for English majors in the state of Maryland.
May 13, 2016
Read more in her article, "Coders Need Not Apply: Why Technology Needs English Majors"
May 15, 2015
Jamie Lee '13, was recently interviewed about Access2Alumni, which she helped market in 2013. In the interview, Lee gives a shoutout to the Department and her degree in English which she believes has given her many valuable skills.
May 8, 2015
Karen Sloan, an ’81 alumna from the department, shares the many twists and turns her English degree has given her.