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====Writer's Name====
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Matt Bruflodt

====Working title====
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//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?====
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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: ====
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Helpful. Informative.

====Consider audience fit====
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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====
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I intend to keep the prose tight, to the point and hierarchical in structure.
- //What are people looking for?// To be brief: Anything. The English Major is someone who has followed a path--a true believer of sorts--that began with learning the alphabet in kindergarten. And over the years as that path has narrowed, the English major has trudged on until now--I am primarily concerned with the English scholar of today--when through the brush they find the edge of a cliff, rather than the base of a mountain. It is a point of crisis. In one of the worst economic environments in history, we find ourselves, for all of our hard work and money spent, with nothing. This is serious and grim. The English major of today, has immersed themselves in what they love, never once thinking that their passion could be stifled by a lack of jobs or the apathy of the "real world." Why would they? Every successful person, from Bill Gates to J. K. Rowling, has told them to //just follow your dreams.// In short: Today's English degree holder is not looking to follow dreams; they're looking for damage control. //What do I do now?// is the question. That's where I want to help.
- //Something new.// There are a lot of places on the web that are devoted to this very topic. I want to at least link to all of the good ones. But what I'm going to do that's new--aside from consolidating information and resources, which on the internet, in my opinion, is always welcome--is to offer something that English majors undoubtedly value, but won't ask for: catharsis. The system tends to blame the consumer: //You don't like being unemployed? Should have thought of that before declaring such a superfluous major.// Never mind that that particular area of scholarship had been so emphasized, that it was a required class, every year, for everyone in K-12. Never mind that that particular area of scholarship became superfluous the moment it started critiquing the very institutions that now deem it irrelevant and archaic. You can see where I'm going here.
- //Talk about people/Reveal yourself// I will do my best to to make this as human as possible. I would like to show some real life examples of people making it work. As far as my own personal experience, I may have to forgo it. I have not really had much experience with this //yet.// That, for me, is kind of the point here. I want to see what's out there, and by helping other people, hopefully, I'll be helping myself.

====Where might the article fit on TIO: section and category, either existing or one that will collect others====
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Perhaps in Real Life in a sub category Jobs or Careers.

====Research and practices you'll need to do to write the article.====
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I really want to see if I can find some direct statements from different companies, even if it is just basic job description.

====What it might link to - literally and figuratively====
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===Job lists===
[[http://www.careerrookie.com/Article/CB-238-Job-Hunting-10-Careers-to-Consider-with-an-English-Degree/ careerrookie.com]]
[[http://www.selloutyoursoul.com/2011/12/19/jobs-for-english-majors/ selloutyoursoul.com]]
[[http://career-advice.monster.com/salary-benefits/salary-information/best-paying-jobs-english-majors/article.aspx monster.com]]
[[http://english.clas.asu.edu/internships-jobs Arizona State University]]

===Salaries===
[[http://www.payscale.com/college-salary-report-2013/humanities-jobs payscale.com]]
[[http://blogs.payscale.com/salary_report_kris_cowan/2009/09/jobs-for-english-majors.html The Salary Reporter]]

===Guides===
[[http://jobsforenglishmajors.com/ jobsforenglishmajors.com]]
[[http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Articles/2012/09/15/5-Ways-to-Turn-that-English-Major-Into-a-Real-Job.aspx 5 Ways to Turn that 'English' Degree Into a Real Job]]
[[http://cornellsun.com/section/news/content/2011/10/20/professors-confront-belief-english-majors-will-live-garages Professors Confront Belief That English Majors Will Live in Garages]]
Some examples of actual [[http://career-advice.monster.com/job-search/getting-started/are-there-jobs-for-english-majors/article.aspx people]] who have found employment with an English degree (via monster.com).

===Cautionary articles===
[[http://chronicle.com/article/Graduate-School-in-the/44846 The Chronicle of Higher Education]]
[[http://chronicle.com/article/Just-Dont-Go-Part-2/44786/ Part 2]]

====Article length====
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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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