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(SeattlePI)   English majors' communication skills in demand. Oh fries, fries, wherefore art thou fries?   (seattlepi.nwsource.com) divider line 208
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2006-06-06 09:43:54 AM  
What is this, communications is actually starting to require a command of the English language?

Oh... I just looked at the date.
 
2006-06-06 09:45:13 AM  
Whether tis nobler to dip them in batter or suffer the pains and arrows of indigestion
 
2006-06-06 09:50:39 AM  
As sad as it is to say, the ability to form a coherent written sentence is actually a fairly rare ability - or so it seems to be in the company at which I work.

Granted, I work with a lot of folks for whom English isn't their native language, but even the Americans I work with are pretty bad when it comes to writing.
 
2006-06-06 09:53:53 AM  
I wouldn't have my new job without my English degree, but I also wouldn't have it without my economics degree.
 
2006-06-06 09:56:06 AM  
To Be, or another combination dinner. That is the question.
 
2006-06-06 09:58:26 AM  
Advice to all English/humanities majors: if you want job security, don't look at teaching, journalism, or any other traditional career; anyone there can do what you do. Instead, work in IT--the ability to write a grammatical sentence will make you indispensable through any number of cutbacks and layoffs.

/the more you know
 
2006-06-06 09:58:36 AM  
/chuckle

Nice headline.
 
2006-06-06 09:58:45 AM  
Well, in case Jules Winnfield ever shows up at their door, that English degree will sure come in handy.

/Engineering major......suck it.
 
2006-06-06 09:59:35 AM  
So, there's hope for me!
 
2006-06-06 09:59:50 AM  
quijano: Advice to all English/humanities majors: if you want job security, don't look at teaching, journalism, or any other traditional career; anyone there can do what you do. Instead, work in IT--the ability to write a grammatical sentence will make you indispensable through any number of cutbacks and layoffs.

Oddly enough, I also happen to work in IT.
 
2006-06-06 10:00:32 AM  
Legalize It To Be, or another combination dinner. That is the question.

Get the Number Eleven combo. Taco, burrito, and enchilada.

/Wait, why is that always the Number Eleven?
 
2006-06-06 10:01:02 AM  
I'm an English major working in IT as well.
 
2006-06-06 10:01:27 AM  
Is that real `English' or that `Yanklish' that y'all dun spek durn thar in Merikuh.
 
2006-06-06 10:01:36 AM  
Bullshiat!

My sister-in-law graduated with an English degree last year and set off on a serious job hunt. Her experience as an office administrator is more desired and valuable in the marketplace than her English degree and the communication skills that come with it...
 
2006-06-06 10:02:23 AM  
submitter: wherefore art thou fries?


Because they are fried potatoes.

That which we call a fry by any other word would taste of grease.

kazda.3web.cz

/Not amused
 
2006-06-06 10:03:18 AM  
I work for a home health care agency and I'm shocked that these RNs and LPNs can even write a coherent sentence sometimes.
My manager is a brilliant nurse and fantastic manager but I refuse to read her memos anymore - they make me cry.
Between my English degree and my more than basic computer skills I have a nice happy nest here. I can make them sound great and keep their computers running. Oh and fark all day is I want to.
 
2006-06-06 10:03:55 AM  
that come with it...

Ask her about punctuation sometime.
 
2006-06-06 10:04:15 AM  
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

*breathes*

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

I have an English degree and all I got is this shiatty shiatty shiatty sales job. I sell internet advertising space for a company that was orginally a classifieds magazine, and we only have one html-er.

farking Hampton Roads. People looking for English majors... you Submitter needs a steel toed swift boot to the taint.
 
2006-06-06 10:04:39 AM  
I think that I shall never see, a a job as fun as working for Mr. Hardee.

/that's bad, I know
 
2006-06-06 10:04:41 AM  
I'm an English major who concentrated in Journalism, and I just graduated! I had an interview at a non-profit in the education field a few days after, and bam, they just hired me!

So, feh, I found a job, in a surprisingly short amount of time, using only my skills with the English language and communication.
 
2006-06-06 10:05:09 AM  
This has been the perennial argument on the English major ever since the industrial revolution. This is really a bunch of people who got suckered into the major for whatever reason and are trying to make themselves feel better about it. Wake up farkers!! There is nothing marketable about an English major. NOTHING.

/English major
//grrrrr
 
2006-06-06 10:06:42 AM  
The problem with the college side of being an English major is that they can't help you find a job. English is too open-ended if you're not going for your MFA or into teaching. I thought the point of going to college was to get a job, but so far the English department has been very unhelpful and the career center only perks their ears at me when I mention I have a minor. "English major? Nah, you're on your own. Oh, you have minor? Now that we can work with!"

\tired of school
\\one year till official unemployment
 
2006-06-06 10:07:13 AM  
I have an English degree and I am a technical writer. Recognize!
 
2006-06-06 10:07:55 AM  
Shall I ingest fries on a summer's day?
Thou art so tasty and delicious.
My salt doth shake the darling spuds of May,
And fryer's grease makes all too great a date.
Sometimes "too hot" the mouth of eater cries,
And often is their gold complexion singed;
And even tho my debit card sometime declines,
By chance or wife's spending habits untrimm'd;
But my eternal hunger shall not fade
Nor jeans remain on my gut that grow'st;
Nor shall doctor's brag thou cholesterol is lowest,
And tho I pick the line that moves the slowest:
So long as men can breathe and condiments free,
So long lives fries, and fries give life to me.
 
2006-06-06 10:08:24 AM  
Arroz by any other name...
 
2006-06-06 10:09:24 AM  
why are engineering people all d*cks? Have fun with that calculus....

/Engineers think everyone wishes we were them
// Finance Degree making a comparable Engineering wage 1 yea rout of college
/// Rather deal with people and swindle there money away from them than play with test tubes and grease
 
2006-06-06 10:10:03 AM  
Cry Havoc! And rotate the hot dogs some more!
 
2006-06-06 10:10:33 AM  
feralbaby: Wake up farkers!! There is nothing marketable about an English major. NOTHING.

As has been mentioned earlier in the thread, while being able to string words together to form sentences isn't exactly a marketing bullet point it sure does come in handy to be able to do when it's a skill in short supply.

I've been in IT for thirteen years, and I've done more writing now than I ever did when I was working in publishing.
 
2006-06-06 10:10:49 AM  
I have degrees in English, breathing air, being human, living on Earth and existing.

Now what kind of job can I get?
 
2006-06-06 10:10:50 AM  
'Technical Writing' is a field that could use a serious injection of communication ability; I have wasted hours struggling to follow manuals for various measurement equipment (and its/their associated software). It is painfully obvious that the manual is a last consideration for most companies.

If you can understand technical and/or scientific concepts, and communicate the relevant information to the end user, then you are golden. Also a rare commodity, as far as I can tell.
 
2006-06-06 10:10:54 AM  
Well, let's also be honest...

An English Degree from a Top School /= an English Degree from your local community college

/most of the time anyways
 
2006-06-06 10:11:51 AM  
I'm an Engineer who was a really good writer. I should know because proof-reading my classmate's papers require a good stiff drink to keep from laughing/crying/punching people at random.

People who can write coherently are a precious resource. But like all precious resource our culture seems to take them for granted.

One tip for the budding English major: have something to communicate. Simply being able to communicate is nothing without understanding what you are writing about.
 
2006-06-06 10:11:57 AM  
I've found that it's far better to retain excellent communication and writing skills whilst majoring in something else. I used to be a Nursing major because that's where all the money was, but I found out that I really didn't have any passion for the field at all and didn't get very good grades, so I decided that I would get my Master's and eventually PhD in History and become a history professor because I know I would love doing it.

Plus, with a degree in history and a high enough GPA, there's always a chance for law school like my father went for. He had a degree in economics and went to law school.

What I really want to do is learn Neuro-Linguistic Programming and incorporate it into my everyday speech and writing.
 
2006-06-06 10:12:01 AM  
teribeth: I thought the point of going to college was to get a job

The point of going to college is to teach you how to think.
 
2006-06-06 10:12:11 AM  
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2006-06-06 10:12:38 AM  
I thought English majors all just went to law school?!

/engineer
//attorney
 
2006-06-06 10:12:44 AM  
I'm an English Major... working as a paralegal... because its the only job that offered me an interview...

I hate my job. I don't use any of the analytical skills I learned in college, I just use the skills I learned with MS Word. I'm bored.
 
2006-06-06 10:13:24 AM  
mrbean70: Shall I ingest fries on a summer's day?
Thou art so tasty and delicious...


Damn, that was pretty good.
 
2006-06-06 10:13:35 AM  
rib246

why are engineering people all d*cks? Have fun with that calculus....

Engineers are the center of the Universe. We picked the coordinate system.

/Actually an Engineering dropout
//Works in IT for a non-profit
 
2006-06-06 10:14:10 AM  
Evil Twin Skippy: I'm an Engineer who was a really good writer. I should know because proof-reading my classmate's papers require a good stiff drink to keep from laughing/crying/punching people at random.

I've been in the same boat. Back when I was a Nursing major struggling to memorize all the bones in the human body, my English major friend would come to me and have me proof-read all of his papers (which were usually nothing but crap content anyways) and give him good beginning and ending paragraphs to tidy it up and make it presentable.
 
2006-06-06 10:14:33 AM  
Legalize It: To Be, or another combination dinner. That is the question.

Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune
www.cbc.ca

Or to take arms against a sea of troubles
And by opposing end them. To die, to sleep--
No more

www.filmweb.no

First thing I always think of when Hamlet comes up.

/harder than I thought to find Billy Madison screen caps
 
2006-06-06 10:14:50 AM  
Finally. I'd been wondering where the bi-annual "I'm not a moron for getting an English/History/Liberal Arts, etc. degree and expecting to get paid" article was. Should have known it would come not too long after the yearly "Housewives should be paid a lot of money for what they do, m'kay?" BS article.
 
2006-06-06 10:15:18 AM  
rib246: Rather deal with people and swindle there their money away from them than play with test tubes and grease

Your lack of an English degree is showing a bit. You may want to tuck that in.
 
2006-06-06 10:15:52 AM  
Engineers do it with precision!
 
2006-06-06 10:15:53 AM  
I took AP English in high school and Advanced English in college.

My coworkers didn't.

Reading email is like deciphering heiroglyphics written upside-down.
 
2006-06-06 10:15:53 AM  
Once more into the walk-in freezer, dear friends, once more;
Or close the wall up with our English muffins!
In pizza there's nothing so becomes a pan
As modest oilyness and cheesy humility;
But when the blast of the drive-thru blows in our ears,
Then imitate the action of the tiger;
Stiffen the the bendy straws, summon up the mustard, Disguise three-day old meat with hard-flavor'd rage;
Then vend the guy a terrible breakfast.
 
2006-06-06 10:16:18 AM  
Occams_Electric_Razor

People don't spend over $100,000/year to be taught how to think. The do that to get jobs. Thinking is just a nice little side note :-)

/just sayin
 
2006-06-06 10:16:23 AM  
madcharlie: Damn, that was pretty good

Thanks. I kinda got out of the proper form there but I was determined to finish once I had the first 5 lines or so.
 
2006-06-06 10:16:32 AM  
Majoring in English is my biggest regret.
 
2006-06-06 10:17:45 AM  
ENGLISH MAJOR

working in sales & management ever since outta school

use my degree everyday

Occams_Electric_Razor
your first sentence is dripping with irony
 
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