Writer's Name

Matt Bruflodt

Working title

English, eh? What do plan to do with that? Or, Coming out: How to tell your parents you're an English Major. I don't know. something witty.

What will the article cover? What will it be about?

I planned to research careers that are suited for people graduating with a BA or MA in English (Not concerned with all the PhD.s because they get all the good teaching jobs), but the truth is there are plenty of jobs.... they just aren't that flashy and they aren't blatantly obvious--as in, a degree in English doesn't intrinsically lead to any job other that teaching. So really, aside from outlining options, I would like to write something that is supportive. Critical thinking, rhetoric, research skills, and just the general ability to form sentences are incredibly marketable.

What stance will you take? p 32, and again on p 82:

Helpful. Informative.

Consider audience fit

The audience for this piece would be primarily English majors, those considering a degree in English, and really anyone in the humanities.

Consider how the article will make contact with readers - chap 3, and chap 4, p 80 - 81

I intend to keep the prose tight, to the point and hierarchical in structure.

Where might the article fit on TIO: section and category, either existing or one that will collect others

Perhaps in Real Life in a sub category Jobs or Careers.

Research and practices you'll need to do to write the article.

I really want to see if I can find some direct statements from different companies, even if it is just basic job description.

Job lists

Arizona State University


The Salary Reporter


5 Ways to Turn that 'English' Degree Into a Real Job
Professors Confront Belief That English Majors Will Live in Garages
Some examples of actual people who have found employment with an English degree (via monster.com).

Cautionary articles

The Chronicle of Higher Education
Part 2

Article length

I'm not sure right now. I would say around 1,000. It depends on how exhaustive I decide to be. I have seen some articles on the topic that include literally all jobs, no matter how depressing. I'm most likely going to link to anything like that.

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