I've been reading I'm an English Major - Now What? off and on for the last week or two. I started when I decided it was time to start looking for a job. I've been out of school for the last year, which has been great. I've got a good part time job and work with great people, but I think it's time to start looking for what I'd like to do for the next little while. And the place to start is by looking at the kinds of things I can do with my degree.
I'm an English Major - Now What? is exactly what it sounds like. It goes through the obvious career choices for people with (undergraduate) English degrees (such as teaching, journalism, pursuing postgraduate education, etc). It lists the pros and cons of each option, and tells you what kind of person is best suited for that type of work. What I really liked was the latter half of each chapter where Tim Lemire interviewed English majors who have those jobs. It was great reading about their experiences.
At the end of the book were a couple of appendices as well. These had information on the job search itself, such as what to consider including on your resume, and a list of other resources for further reading. All in all, I'm an English Major - Now What? was an excellent read for someone like me who is trying to figure out my next step now that school is over.
As an aside, I bought I'm an English Major - Now What, along with Great Jobs for English Majors by Julie DeGalan and Stephen Lambert, a few years ago when I first went into English. I don't know why, but I put them away and only recently pulled them back out. I'm not really sure if I'm going to read Great Jobs for English Majors; I flipped through it and it didn't really appeal to me as much.
*As of September 24/15, I am not taking any more requests from authors to read their books. I currently have too many books to read. I'll update this if/when that changes.*
I currently have 164 fiction books just sitting in my room to read (although that doesn't stop me from randomly picking books up at work or buying them on Kindle!). I've been keeping track of them on a paper list for years. This blog shares what I read as I attempt to get "the List" down to a more manageable number.
If you'd like to know what books are on the List, check out my Goodreads shelf devoted to them - it's my physical list digitized! I've also got a shelf for every book I've reviewed here on this blog.
Not everything I review here is actually on the List. Some books come from the library, some books are nonfiction (which are not included on the List), some books are on my Kindle (which have never been included on the List), and some books are given to me by friends and family.
Note: as of April 12/14, I am not going to add the *spoiler* warning I used to when I'm giving away details of books. I want to talk about the books I've read in whatever detail I'd like. So if you haven't read a book I'm reviewing, you might not want to read the review.