I recall an MTBI-fueled fever sweeping my undergrad campus in early 2010: everywhere, I heard mutterings of thinking or feeling, introverted or extroverted, oh yeah, well, what’s your percentage? There was a genuine excitement attached to this new method of categorizing ourselves, and I was not immune. I boasted the ENTJ assignation, and I was… Read More On Feeling, Thinking, Liberal Arts, & Careers
Career fairs are a place of desperation akin to speed dating. The people there are looking for just the right match. At the end of the night they might settle for someone less qualified to fulfill their needs, but they are all searching for mister or miss or missus right. The vendors stand there at… Read More Speed Dating for Employment
There is a certain sense of desperation that I feel when thinking about getting a job. I have a few great strengths, but only one passion. A passion for writing. A passion I’m foolish enough to think I will be able to make work, regardless of the multitudes of impediments I’ve had pushed in… Read More What am I going to do?
Most of the time when I tell people that I am a English/Creative Writing major with a minor in Philosophy, the first response is usually “like writing for newspapers?” or “like an author?” These responses don’t really worry me because I want a career that is more writing-based than other skills. I will admit that… Read More What if Your Novel Doesn’t Sell: Analyzing the Application of Liberal Arts-Based Skill Sets in Traditional and Nontraditional Career Paths
I had a conversation the other day about the stereotypes of different “majors’” behaviors. We worked our way from Business and Accounting students to the humanities. We got to Creative Writing. I said, “a literature teacher told me that creative writing majors differ from English majors because they ‘actually care about the literature.’” I wasn’t… Read More Not the Next Joyce: Writing Careers for the Rest of Us
Between papers and classes last year, I discovered a new love pretty late in life; Mad Men. I marathoned that sucker hardcore, often staying up late into the night to watch, despite the hell that was coming in the form of a 7:30 Post-Civil War class the next morning. I had only just switched my… Read More How a Creative Writing Degree Would Get You Peggy Olson’s Job