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I love English majors. I love how smart they are. I love their intellectual curiosity. And I love their bold choice for a major. Most of all, I love to hire them.
A recent article by the great David Brooks in the New York Times about the changing nature of the Humanities in higher education just reinforced why, when given my druthers, English majors are my employee of choice.
And the reason is not that I am a writer; I more consider myself an entrepreneur than anything else. I run a small business and the people I hire do a variety of tasks — SEO, project management, social media, and so forth.
For my money (literally and figuratively), for my needs, and I suggest the needs of most small businesses, English majors are easily the top choice when it comes to getting the type of teammate who can make us all better, as they say in basketball.
Read the rest of the article by Steve Strauss at the Huffington Post
Interesting. We were just discussing this morning the fact that one of our major Universities is intending to change their entrance criteria to ensure a high level of English from their students.
j matthew waters said:
Thank you for posting this. Twenty-nine years ago I graduated from the University of Iowa with a major in English and minor in Spanish. Today, I am a successful executive in the financial services industry. Cheers to the English major!