14 Successful English Majors Who Proved That Their Liberal Arts Degrees Did Serve A Purpose, Mom
There are a number of things all English majors get tired of hearing. "Oh, so you're planning on becoming a teacher?" and "I should watch what I say to you — you might put it in your book!" are just a few prime examples. But then there are the stereotypes that are absolutely true, like being heavy readers (I'm always open to suggesting books for friends to check out), creative thinkers, and over-analyzers (which I think can be both positive and negative, but mostly positive).
The worst assumption about English majors is that we're all going to graduate without jobs and live unsuccessfully with our parents for the next five to ten years. This is where people are wrong. As Jordan Weissman highlights in The Atlantic, English majors aren't performing as poorly in the job market as the cultural dialogue leads us to believe. In fact, data from the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce reports 9.8 percent unemployment for fresh graduates with a degree in English, while economics and political science graduates came in at 10.4 and 11.1 percent. And computer science — the major that all of our concerned family members tell us to consider switching to — comes in nearby at 8.7 percent.
I could go on and on listing the results of studies that prove how reading fiction improves imagination and cognition and mental health and so many more things, but instead I'm going to show off a range of successful people (not including famous novelists) across businesses and fields who majored in English to prove that studying literature and writing can take you in an array of directions in life.