Panel discussion focusing on career paths for English majors
What can graduates do with an English degree? A panel of recent alumni from the Department of English, Communications and Media will address that question at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 in the DiStefano Lecture Hall as part of the department’s first career-focused one-credit workshop.
The panel discussion is free and open to the public. Current students interested in careers using a degree in English are encouraged to attend.
Members of the panel represent diverse careers path including social media, search engine optimization, teaching and public relations. “We’ve always maintained a strong connection to our alumni,” said department chairman Dr. D. Matthew Ramsey. “They’re just key to helping students figure out what they want to do and how they can get there. With more and more emphasis on how college can, and arguably should, pave the way for careers, we’ve decided to be more intentional about helping students along that path.”
In conjunction with the Office of Career Development, the weekend workshop will offer students advice on resumes, cover letters, interviewing, LinkedIn and other skills. Students will also be introduced to the importance of networking.
“Preparing for a successful job search requires much more than just building a resume and looking on Indeed.com for an open position,” said Michael Wisnewski, director of career Development. “Perhaps the most important skill students can develop while in college is learning how to network.”
More than a dozen alumni representing companies like Warby-Parker, Lego and Technolutions, along with educational institutions such as Brown University and the University of Rhode Island, will take part in the workshop.