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. When you officially enter the English major (by taking EH 301: Reading, Writing, and Research for English Majors), 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 Undergraduate Advisor, Dr. Danny Siegel. You can This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (205) 934-8574.

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

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  • Jay Haywood
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  • Luke Richey

    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.

  • Beth Shelburne

    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.

  • Rebekah Kummer

    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.

  • Amy Roberts

    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.

  • Jay Haywood

    Alumni Spotlight

    Jay Haywood

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

  • Ashley Jones

    Alumni Spotlight

    Ashley Jones

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

  • Jason Aaron

    Alumni Spotlight

    Jason Aaron

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

  • DeJordique Pearson

    Alumni Spotlight

    DeJordique Pearson

    DeJordique Pearson never planned to be an English teacher in Vietnam, but he quickly fell in love with his "backup country." Read more about DeJordique.