Language and Literature Alumni Spotlight
Job Title: Recruitment Content Manager in the Marketing Communications Department
Company: Columbia College Chicago
Undergraduate SXU Major: English
How did your major prepare you for the job you are in?
The English classes I took at SXU turned me into a much better critical thinker and writer. I took an Honors English class with Dr. Rossetti my freshman year, and, right out of the gate, I learned how to self-edit and cut the fluff out of my writing. That class taught me how to tighten my prose while still writing with personality.
If my core English classes helped me become an overall better writer, then a proofreading and copy editing course with Dr. Kolich opened my eyes to a career in editing. That hands-on course gave me the confidence to pursue internships and jobs in the editorial and communications realm, and I'm happy to say I'm still working in the field.
What is the importance of the internship experience?
Most white-collar jobs require internship experience -- so, essentially, you need to get one. Once you're there, don't be afraid to ask questions of fellow employees, even ones working outside of your intended career path. You really can't know what a job is going to be like until you've been in the position for months, and an internship gives you a great opportunity to learn the inner workings of multiple departments or types of jobs. You never know who might be able to help you get a job in the future, so make friends.
Better yet, get a campus job in your field. I worked as an assistant web content manager in University Relations, and every single one of my employers has asked me about that job during the interview process. Since I was working in the editing field before I even graduated, I already had a year of professional experience under my belt. Take advantage of campus jobs while you can.