Career Preparation

The average American currently has 4-5 different careers during his or her lifetime. That’s careers, not jobs: today, people frequently move from one career into another over the course of their working lives. Planning your career path is thus a life-long exercise. You are unlikely to spend the next forty or fifty years doing whatever you start off with, so your mission at UMW is simply to find a first career that’s good for you.

To choose a career path, you need to get to know the available options, but also to know yourself. Fortunately, the English major is good preparation for both.  ELC majors end up in an amazing variety of careers.

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A select list of job titles: UMW ELC alumni report a range of current job titles.

This section of the website offers information about career resources at UMW and beyond.


Not sure how to get started?


Details here: elc-career-challenge-rules

May the odds be ever in your favor.


You might also want to look at some of the following:

Click here for an informational page on careers for English majors from Career Services.

Here is a comprehensive list of the job titles of former UMW English majors: Job titles of former UMW English majors 2013.  Not surprisingly, this is a huge and impressive list. Browsing it will give you ideas and introduce you to some career paths that might never have occurred to you.

For more information on careers in Linguistics, click here.


You can also consult with the ELC career advisers:

English: Marie McAllister

Linguistics: Judith Parker

Communication: Anand Rao

Journalism: Sushma Subramanian

Creative Writing: Colin Rafferty