So, is a B.A just a load of B.S?
Looking back on my choice to study a Bachelor of Arts at Sydney University majoring in English, I am not sure if I would take this path again. I chose the course purely because English was my passion, and fittingly, I loved the degree in its entirety.
Post graduation, there is work there for English majors, but it requires you to adapt and evolve your skill set into the world of business and profit. I have found that English students are in high demand in corporate communications, publishing and advertising. In terms of a job search though, I would advise looking beyond the traditional newspapers and magazines!
As an English major you’re able to assimilate large amounts of information and coalesce it into a core idea- this is an extremely valuable skill. I am currently working in a financial firm (go figure) working on strategic planning for clients. Chiefly because I can synthesise ideas and articulate them in compelling ways.
In retrospect I would recommend students appreciate the critical difference between a passion and hobby, and a course of study that will translate into a career. While my degree imparted me with a critical eye, a neat skill of writing and the ability to negotiate ambiguity, these are skills I would have arguably pursued in my own time. Perhaps better explored in an internship or short course, while a wider degree like Business would have given me the ‘foot in the door’ edge into a business place, where my English skills would have been an additional edge.