The English/Creative Writing Department and Career Development bring these resources to you! Below you will find a variety of resources all for you, the English or Creative Writing major or minor, which will help you connect your academic passions to a meaningful career. Please reach out to Career Development in Melrose 010 and to your faculty for additional resources to help you understand your interests and skills, gain experience, and make connections to professionals, companies and careers.
What Can I Do With This Major.com: use this website to peruse different majors and learn what types of careers, employers and industries are connected to your areas of interest.
As a Liberal Arts major at Linfield, you are learning and practicing vital skills and knowledge that will help you stand out and excel at your career. In fact, here is a Top 10 list of skills that English and Creative Writing Majors acquire and that employers seek out:
Why should I do an internship?
Internships look great on your resume, and they have several benefits: an internship is the perfect opportunity for you to apply what you've learned in classes in a work environment. It's also a great way to make professional connections with people in your industry -- people who are working and making a living -- and, if it's the right fit for you, it could also lead to a future job.
Preparing for an internship
Once you've found the internship to which you want to apply, make sure to have all of your materials ready. Often, this will include an application, a resume, and a cover letter. You can get your cover letter and resume checked over by the staff at the Linfield Career Hub (in Melrose Hall Suite 010) so that it's competitive and ready for your opportunity! See below to learn how you can earn credit for your internship.
How to research an organization
Talk to someone in the Career Development Hub to obtain guidance on researching an organization. Be wary anytime you are asked to pay an application fee, or pay money to them. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Earning credit for an internship
Many academic departments offer internship credit - talk to your advisor about this prior to your internship. Consider elective credit through Career Development if you don’t qualify for your major internship credit, if you are doing an internship outside your area of study, or if you are completing an exploratory internship.
MORE → Download the Internship Brochure!
Click on this sample of what your resume may look like; remember that each resume is different, as it reflects both the experience and goals of the candidate as well as the job and company for which it is written. Come to the Career Hub in Melrose 010 to get resume advice!
Virtually every type of career and industry has Professional Associations that host events and conferences, produce statistics and reports, write best practices and newsletters, announce job openings, and serve as a connector for their many professional members. As a student, you may be able to get a reduced (or free) membership rate, and qualify for scholarships. Here are some Professional Associations that English and Creative Writing Majors may want to check out:
Where are they now? – Linfield English and Creative Writing graduates work in a variety of job functions in many industries. Click on the link to this interactive LinkedIn search for English and Creative Writing alumni information. Use this resource to get career, company and industry ideas and to reach out to Linfield alumni. You will need to sign into LinkedIn to access this link; this is a great time to set up your account, or come to the Career Hub for assistance!
Thinking about a graduate degree? Read through our Grad School Guide to get started, and check out this list of graduate programs & resources related to your studies.
Creating and growing connections is crucial when it comes to finding internships and jobs. While you need to bring your experience and knowledge to the table, it is true that most employees secure their job through the people they know. Ask Career Development and your faculty to help you find professionals in your fields of interest, and start seeking out ways to expand your network. Below you’ll find some links that will help you start finding and nurturing valuable connections.
Follow this Cats to Careers Action Plan created especially for Linfield students, to take proactive steps through your career development process.
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For upcoming event information, visit Career Development’s Upcoming Events Page