English alumna learned that her English degree was so versatile that she could do anything, even work in the tech industry.
I chose to go to UMass Dartmouth because they had a bioengineering program. I ended up switching at the end of my sophomore year to an English writing, rhetoric, and communications degree because writing has been my passion since I was probably ten years old.
The English professors pushed that you have to be very aware of your audience, different opinions, and all the different people you’ll be writing to. I think that really helped.
Since I’m a technical writer, I write documentation for both developers who are super, super technical, and I also write for people who are using the application and don’t understand developer speak.
And with an English degree I was able to get into this big IT company. As long as you can communicate with a range of audiences and are willing to learn, you can do anything as an English major.