Never Sets on
by Michael McCollum
So you don’t really want to be a writer, and teaching isn’t for you either. What good would it do you to major in English?
Ask Stacey Guffey, an alumnus of Western Carolina University and an English Literature major. Since graduating, Guffey works as the e-Commerce Program Coordinator for nearby Southwestern Community College. Far from simply sitting in front of a computer writing all day, Guffey hires instructors, creates and maintains the program’s web site, and recruits and counsels students.
Guffey credits his education at WCU with preparing him for his job duties. Whether you plan on it or not, writing will be a major part of your career, and you’ll need good verbal skills in a computer-oriented environment. As Guffey explains, “If you are going to enter a technical field, you will compete with thousands of people. One thing that can set you apart is your ability to write effectively.”
Even if you don’t plan to work in the traditional “English” fields, this major can help prepare you for a variety of careers by ensuring that, no matter what you say, you will always say it well.