Life after IWU
What can you do with an English major? The short answer is, What can't you do with an English major? A recent article in the Harvard Business Review told business leaders to hire from English and the humanities if they're looking for innovative thinking. An English major is solid preparation for any number of fields. Many of our graduates keep in touch. Here's what some of them have been doing:
Anne Barker (‘96) is a research librarian at a law firm in the San Francisco area and Government Relations Chair for the San Francisco Bay Region chapter of the Special Libraries Association.
Martez Clark (’98) got a law degree from Stanford and is practicing privately in the Chicago suburbs.
Jackie Connelly ('12) is now Senior Editor of Independent Agent magazine, published by the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America.
Emma Davidson (’06) is pursuing a Master’s degree in international development.
Emily Frantzen ('09) is teaching English as a foreign language in Romania for the Peace Corps.
Gretchen Grabowski ('03) is the Research Manager at FUSION, a new TV Network launched by ABC and Univision.
John Hagemann (’98) began as a journalist but is now in the Master’s program at Washington State pursuing a degree in English composition and rhetoric.
Valerie Higgins ('08) received an MLS from Indiana University and is now Lab Archivist at Fermilab.
Richard House (‘94) is an Associate Professor of English at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
Sarah (Zeller) Julian ('07) is a supervising editor at Wolfram
Tariq Khan (’93) is Foreign News Editor/Film News Contributor for Fox News Channel in New York.
Linda Martin ('10) is pursuing a PhD in English literature at Boston College. She also works part-time for a Chicago-area e-learning company.
Rachel Marusarz (’04) is Manager of Grant Writing & Direct Marketing at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago.
Karin McDowell (’00) used her English-Writing major, Argus work and internship experience to rise on the corporate ladder at Country Financial, where she is now ITS Project Manager specializing in Change Management.
David Moll (’90) is the Night Editor at the International Herald Tribune in Hong Kong.
Laura Sahn (’04) found that the skills an English major develops prepared her to work as Merchandise Planning Manager for Textiles at Crate & Barrel.
Megan Thoma ('05) teaches high school Humanities in Providence, RI where she also teaches and mentors for the Brown University MAT program. She is an active poet and organizer in the spoken word community. She was the 2009 New England Individual Slam Champion and a 2011 National Poetry Slam finalist.
Kate Weber (‘02) became managing editor of West Suburban Living upon graduation, then got her teaching certification and now teaches honors English at George C. Marshall High School in Falls Church, Va.
Jessica Wiley ('08) is a Development Editor working on health professional books for McGraw-Hill.