9 Career Paths If You’ve Done English Hons (Not Just Teaching!)
Neha GuptaSenior Lifestyle Writer, POPxo
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It’s crazy how everyone thinks that with a BA honours in English, you can either become a teacher or a journalist, when the truth is you can do so much more. Here are 9 different career paths you can take after doing BA Honours in English!
1. Professional Writing
With this degree in hand, you can take up writing, professionally. What’s interesting is that there are many different kinds of writing one can pursue, depending on their interests, from scriptwriting to travel writing, to copywriting or simply writing content for a website or a publication house.
The basic requirement for anyone to pursue MBA is a graduate degree. So, depending on your field of interest, you can pursue MBA in finance, marketing, sales, HR, IB etc. You can use your skills to write and speak crisply to make great pitches and communicate the brand’s vision effectively to their target audience.
This course will make you familiar with the different channels/ mediums through which communication takes place in the society, from films to radio to TV to newspapers and now even social media. A study in Mass Comm. will make you familiar with both the technical and creative aspects of these channels, and you can choose to make a career in either of them. A degree in English honours will give you the edge in communication over others pursuing this course.
4. Social Media Marketing
Since social media has become a big part of our lives, you can pursue it professionally after completing BA honours in English too. Since you are well read and can write just as well, you can combine these skills to market different brands to netizens. Plus, if you are already addicted to the social media, this one will come easy to you.
5. Civil Services
Yes, you can prepare and sit for civil service examinations too. In fact, your study in BA honours English can help you with your civils too, as civils don’t just test your knowledge base, but also test what opinion you hold on a particular topic or issue, and the way you frame your answer makes all the difference. So your writing skills can really make or break it for you!
6. Public Relations
If you find it easy to convince people with your words alone and get them to see your point without even trying very hard, then you will be great at Public Relations. PR can be pursued in different categories from lifestyle to corporate to government and can be a challenging and exciting career option.
Yes, you can even take up law if that is where your interest lies. In fact, because you already have a graduate degree, you do not need to study for five years to become a professional lawyer, but can instead go for a three year course.
8. Event management
There are so many events happening all around us. You can organise such events, find sponsors for them, market them to different people and make a lot of money and have even more fun doing all this. You can either go for a course in event management or you can directly apply with an event management company depending on your interest from Bollywood to Corporate etc. They always give preference to people who can speak and write well.
You can take up the job of a translator as well and get paid really well for it. Since you are already proficient in the English language, all you need is to learn another foreign language (if you don't know one already) and work for the embassy or take up any other translator jobs.