Career Mentoring

“Employers tell us every day that they need people who can communicate, who can think critically, and who can problem solve. They're looking for blended skills—people who can deal with more complexity.” — Elizabeth Simmons, Assistant Director in Career and Professional Development

“I switched from a pre-med psychology track to an English degree and ultimately found that the soft skills I had been developing throughout my undergraduate degree could apply to a number of different fields—particularly digital media and content strategy, which is where I found my post-college job.” — Brodie Foster, Creative Workflow Coordinator

The Department of English is committed to helping you find a fulfilling career. During your progress through the major, you will be asked to explore career possibilities, draft an academic plan that aligns with your career goals, and consult one-on-one with departmental advisors. As you finish the major, you will develop professional materials and practice representing yourself to outside audiences (such as employers and graduate school admissions officers). As an English major, you’re acquiring proficiencies that will serve you well in any career.

To talk about professional opportunities in English, make an appointment with the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Margaret Jay Jessee, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Other Resources

Career and Professional Development Services has job and internship listings, job fairs, resume builders, and many more resources for UAB students. We recommend that you take advantage of all that they have to offer.

Learn More: Our Alumni

  • Shelby Morris
  • Jeff Hodges
  • Marie Sutton
  • Luke Richey
  • Beth Shelburne
  • Rebekah Kummer
  • Amy Roberts
  • Jay Haywood
  • Ashley Jones
  • Jason Aaron
  • Alumni Spotlight

    Shelby Morris

    Shelby Morris earned her B.A. in Professional Writing with a minor in Spanish in 2016 followed by an M.A. in Rhetoric and Composition in 2018. She is currently attending law school at Samford University, Cumberland School of Law. Read more about Shelby.

  • Alumni Spotlight

    Jeff Hodges

    Words matter. No one knows that better than alumnus Jeff Hodges who has made a career out of helping others, most recently in his role as Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion Talent Program Manager for Regions Bank. Read more about Jeff.

  • Alumni Spotlight

    Marie Sutton

    By day, Marie Sutton is the Director of Marketing and Communication for the Division of Student Affairs at UAB. By night, she is a writer whose passion is telling stories about the African-American experience. Read more about Marie.

  • Alumni Spotlight

    Luke Richey

    Luke Richey is a Copywriter and Content Strategist at McNutt & Partners, LLC, a local ad agency, where he drafts copy for multiple clients on a myriad of social media platforms. Read more about Luke.

  • Alumni Spotlight

    Beth Shelburne

    Journalist and writer Beth Shelburne has been named one of 10 PEN America 2018 Writing for Justice fellows. Read more about Beth.

  • Alumni Spotlight

    Rebekah Kummer

    One month after graduation, Rebekah Kummer landed a job as a Technical Writer/Editor II at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville. Read more about Rebekah.

  • Alumni Spotlight

    Amy Roberts

    Amy is the Communications Coordinator at Growing Kings, a non-profit providing school-based, group mentoring programs for at-risk males in Birmingham City Schools. Read more about Amy.

  • Alumni Spotlight

    Jay Haywood

    Jay is a Product Support Representative at Fidelity National Information Services. Read more about Jay.

  • Alumni Spotlight

    Ashley Jones

    Ashley is a poet who focuses on identity, history, civil rights, and gender. Read more about Ashley.

  • Alumni Spotlight

    Jason Aaron

    Jason writes for Marvel Comics on titles like Thor and The Avengers. Read more about Jason.