The trials and tribulations of MA English
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I wish I wanted to be a dentist or a teacher. When you study a specific subject, you are on a clear cut route to your trade. You know what you’re going to do when you leave university. Study dentistry, become a dentist. Study teaching, become a teacher. Study English, become a...uh...what do you become? That is the question that I am faced now in my last year of my undergraduate degree. I have put it off long enough and now it is time to decide. What do I want to be when I grow up? I am told continuously that English is a broad enough subject to be relevant to many career paths, but what one of these jobs do I want? And is English too broad to be taken into consideration when applicants for Marketing or Media jobs have better, more specific degrees? As far as I can gather, all my English degree has granted me is ‘outstanding communication and research skills’ or so my CV tells prospective employers. In my first two years, I was convinced that I was going to work in media and be a producer in film or television. This is a clear cut path that, although difficult to get on, is possible to attain. Then, after realising that many people in media work freelance, I began thinking that this job would more than likely not provide the stability and security that I need in a career.
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