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Versatility Guaranteed:
Stacy J. Guffey, Consultant

By Garrett Richardson

Importance of versatility

When looking at majoring in English at Western Carolina University, it's important to keep in mind the versatility of the degree. Mr. Stacy J. Guffey knows that better than most.

The private life

Mr. Guffey has held positions in several different fields since his graduation from Western Carolina University in 1999, with a B.A. in English and a concentration in literature. He worked as the e-Commerce Program coordinator for nearby Southwestern Community College. In that position, Mr. Guffey was in charge of hiring instructors, maintaining the program's web site, and dealing with students on a regular basis.

Mr. Guffey has also served as the planning director for Macon County. In this role, he supervised all building and expansion in Macon County. He also sat on the Macon County planning board and was directly involved with all matters that the board considered. He served in this position for four years until his resignation last September. Since then, he has started his own consulting business.

Despite all the work involved with consulting, Guffey always finds time for the things he cares most about. Between raising his 13-year-old son James, learning foreign languages, and traveling the world, Mr. Guffey manages to balance work with fun in a special way.

Clear advice for students

When asked how his background in English helped to develop his career, Mr. Guffey said, "My English degree helped expand my understanding of the importance of writing and taught me how to convey ideas effectively. I would say that 90 percent of what I do is written. Clear, concise writing is critical."

His advice for students? Mr. Guffey stresses the important of networking when it comes to careers. The more friends you have, the better your shot at your goal.

So even if you are not sure of what you'd like to do for your career in English, rest assured that the world is large, and your degree is versatile.

These profiles were created by the Karen Greenstone's English 303 class (spring 2009)
and edited for the web by Mary Adams's English 303 class (summer 2009).

Students in Mary Adams's English 303 class (fall 2009) wrote additional profiles.