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Career Opportunities 
Skills and Abilities of English Majors
The skills and abilities one learns as an English major can be more generally applied to any career requiring expertise in the use of language as a means of communication. For example, despite their differing responsibilities, journalists, teachers, sales representatives, and politicians all use their skill with language to perform their jobs. Representative skills and abilities of holders of degrees in English are listed below.
  • Assessing needs of an audience
  • Influencing and persuading
  • Entertaining and inspiring
  • Presenting alternative viewpoints
  • Clarifying ideas
  • Making oral presentations
  • Shaping general ideas into specific points and programs
  • Designing/directing projects
  • Organizing ideas/information
  • Developing hypotheses
  • Solving problems
  • Using information resources
  • Comparing arguments
Critical Thinking and Analysis
  • Summarizing ideas
  • Comparing information
  • Using theoretical approaches
  • Developing critical evaluations
  • Thinking independently
  • Thinking creatively
  • Synthesizing issues
  • Applying close reading and interpretation
  • Abstracting information
  • Interpreting data
  • Editing
  • Writing concisely
  • Writing creatively
  • Drafting documents
  • Writing reports
Occupational Possibilities
The study of English is superb preparation for work in a wide variety of fields where skill in the production and interpretation of language is central – in business, communications, or government and public service, for example. The following list of occupations pursued by English majors offers a glimpse of the wide-ranging career paths for which English provided preparation. For some of the occupations listed below, such as association executive and curriculum planner, additional skills and/or related training are desirable. Additional graduate study is generally expected for those occupations marked with a * on the following list.
  • Technical writer
  • Convention planner
  • Drama critic
  • Book store manager
  • Journalist
  • Patient education director of HMO
  • Editorial assistant
  • Copywriter
  • Editor
  • Publicist
  • Radio/television broadcaster
  • Publisher
  • Public relations officer
  • Associate buyer, retail store
  • Industrial trust analyst
  • Executive assistant
  • Corporate attorney*
  • Psychometrist*
  • Advertising sales manager
  • Training consultant
  • Librarian*
  • Consumer-goods salesperson
  • Human resources officer
  • Marketing manager
  • Paralegal
  • Business manager
  • Teacher
  • Professor*
  • Clergy
  • Writer in residence
  • Curriculum planner
  • Reading specialist
  • Counseling psychologist*
  • Audiologist*
  • University chancellor*
  • School administrator*
  • Public interest advocate
Government/Public Sector
  • Foreign Service officer
  • Big Brother/Big Sister program coordinator
  • Social worker*
  • City manager*
  • Professional association publications coordinator
  • Association executive
  • Police officer
Creative Arts
  • Actor
  • Entertainer
  • Musician
  • Poet
  • Novelist
  • Columnist
  • Visual artist
  • Playwright
Memorial English at Work

Kelly Buehler - Librarian
Karina Byrne - Writer, Editor, Director of Public Relations, Thompson Financial Services
Ann Chislett - Playwright
Ronald Clarke - Columnist in The Newfoundland Churchman
Dave Cochrane - Journalist
Michael Crummey - Poet and Novelist
Sheila Devine - Legal Counsel to Presidents of Memorial University, University of British Columbia and University of Calgary 
Dr. James Downey - President, University of Waterloo
Marjorie Doyle - Radio host, writer
Janet Edmonds - Actor
Deanne Foley - ESL Teacher, Korea
Dr. Adrian Fowler - English Professor, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College
Kimberly Frail - Lectrice, l’Université Michel de Montaigne-Bordeaux
Pam Frampton - Editor, Evening Telegram
John Fraser - Journalist, author, Master of Massey College, University of Toronto
Bill Gillespie - CBC Moscow reporter
Bill Gough - Author, CBC broadcaster
Dr. Richard Greene - Professor
Janet Goosney - Master’s Degree in Library and Information Services
John Gushue - Editor, Evening Telegram
Michael Harrington - Editor, author
Anthony Harvey - R.C.M.P. officer
Donald Harvey - Rt. Rev. Bishop of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador
Keli Healy - High school teacher
Chuck Herriott - Actor, writer
Joseph Hewitt - ESL teacher, Korea
Elizabeth Hillman - Executive Assistant to President of Memorial University
Karen Hollett - Lawyer
Denise Hooper - Student Recruitment Officer
Greg House - Actor
Rachel Huntsman - Lawyer, Crown Attorney’s Office
Danielle Irvine - Director
Wayne Johnston - Author
Bob Joy - Actor
Ed Kavanagh - Musician, writer
Augustus Lilly - Lawyer
Sean McCann - Musician, singer, Great Big Sea
Tonda McCharles - CBC reporter
Mary McKim - Singer, broadcaster
Hugh McGuire - Physician
Jeff Monk - Consultant, Nortel 
Dr. Gordon Moyles - Professor
Rex Murphy - CBC journalist
Martha Muzychka - Columnist
Keith O’Brien - Teacher in Romania, France, Quebec and Vietnam
Maire O’Dea - Associate Registrar, Memorial University
Greg O’Leary - High school teacher
Bonnie O’Rourke - Lawyer
Larry O’Toole - Film critic, author
Steve Palmer - Playwright, CBC scriptwriter
Dr. Roger William Peattie - Professor
Brian Peckford - Teacher, politician, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador
Rebecca Phillips - Lawyer
Dr. Holly Pike - Vice Principal, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College
Robert Pitt - Editor, Businessman
Al Pittman - English Professor, Poet and Playwright, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College
Sara Pothen - Artist
Ann Pratt Lamar - Consultant, reviewer
Derek Puddester - Child Psychiatrist
Elizabeth Reynolds - Art dealer, former member of Board of Regents
Bill Rompkey - Senator
Clyde Rose - Publisher, Breakwater Books
Teya Rosenberg - English Professor
Ted Russell - Author, broadcaster
Sonya Smith - Director of Marketing and Development, Provincial Lung Association
Pete Soucy - Actor/Comedian “Snook”
Kim Stockwood - Singer, songwriter
Krista Vokey - Head of English Department, Booth Memorial
Peter Walsh - CBC TV Journalist
Michael Winter - Writer
Beverly Young - Literacy Instructional Assistant, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College

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