Friday, August 1, 2008

What To Do With a Writing Degree

My daughter is entering her junior year in high school, so the “what do you want to be when you grow up?” discussion came up the other day. She asked me why I chose technical writing as my college major. In her summation, there was nothing interesting to do with such a major. Of course, I informed her she was so very wrong, and then I proceeded to identify the many things that one could do with a major in writing.

Here is a short list of possible careers. Feel free to suggest more.


Yana said...

Remember also that a writing degree is the best preparation you could have for law school, as well as many other graduate programs. The skills you learn as a writer are useful in a great many areas. The trick is to be able to "sell" those skills to a potential employer.

The Margin Wight said...

I think you should include academic careers on your list. Often people become writers within the context of their scholarly work. For example, I teach history at a state university. I have written and published as part of that career. I also write everything from lectures to short stories to poetry to blogposts to letters to journal entries to.... Well, you get the picture. Writing is part of my life. I love your blog, by the way. Can I link it to mine, when I get around to doing that?