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Account Executive in Publishing and Promotions


Alexa Harrison ('14) interviews alumna Hannah Auerbach ('10) on the challenges of finding creative ways to get the media interested in the authors whose work she's trying to promote. “Publicity has a lot of parallels to being an agent, mainly advocating for the authors and essentially begging people to consider your book.”

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Senior Producer for NPR

Jonathan Gerhardson ('13) interviews Peter Breslow ('77) on his career path to becoming a Senior Producer for NPR Weekend Edition. Upon graduation, Peter taught English in South Africa at a time of political turmoil. He returned to the States and was writing a book on his experiences when he decided that he wanted to work in radio. He cites his experiences in South Africa as instrumental in both broadening his horizons and reporting on news abroad. He has reported from all over the world and won a Peabody for his story on top of Mount Everest.

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Features Editor for the Boston Globe


Kathryn Beskrowni ('13) interviews alumna Katie Macleod ('00) on her career path as a features editor for the Boston Globe online. Katie interned at the United Press and the Washington Post who hired her after the internship before working for the Boston Globe. Katie shares her experiences and insights, encouraging majors to “Experience everything! Keep an open mind in everything you do, but pay attention to yourself; if something sticks with you, it’s probably something you want!”

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Book Editor

Elizabeth Pollette ('12) interviews alumna Stephanie Meyers ('05), a book editor, about her career path and the English major.

When asked what she'd say to students considering an English major, Stephanie says “If you love reading, writing, and talking about literature, do it!”

Stephanie's advice for students: “Do all the reading! Skimming or only reading parts of books is my biggest regret about college.”

Click here to read more about Stephanie Meyers


Classroom Teacher and Freelance Writer


Lauren O'Brien ('13) interviews alumna, Chanel Dubofsky ('01), who works for Jewish World Service and freelance writes. As part of her job, Chanel travels around the world, teaching in a 'portable classroom'. Her focuses are in Feminist and Jewish publications.

Click here to read more about Chanel Dubofsky


ESL Instructor


Ian Stanley ('13) interviews alumna, A.C. Kemp ('86) about her experience teaching English as a second langauge at MIT.

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Non-Profit Employee


Shauna Burke ('12) interviews alumna, Kate Dixon ('02) about her work in the non-profit realm. Kate puts her English skills to work writing grants for the National Women's Law Center in Washington DC.

“It is largely the writing skills that get used in non-profit work, especially the persuasive writing skills – you are either figuring out a way to promote an org's work generally to specific audiences (Comms) or to make a pitch for funding (Development). The analysis of other people's writing/work is less common, though the analysis skills you learn do help you revise your own work sometimes – on a re-read you'll see where you need more support, or where an argument is lacking, etc”.

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Publicity Executive in Publishing


Alexa Harrison ('14) interviews alumna Hannah Auerbach ('10) on the challenges of finding creative ways to get the media interested in the authors whose work she's trying to promote. “Publicity has a lot of parallels to being an agent, mainly advocating for the authors and essentially begging people to consider your book.”

Click here to read more on Hannah Auerbach


Public Relations Consultant


Richie Pace ('13) interviews alumnus, Jim Baptiste ('86) about his career path and the ways being an English major helped to prepare him for his work in Marketing.

"An English degree helps prepare you for almost any professional situation. The curriculum concentrates on comprehension and communications skills, which are crucial to most jobs. The ability to take in large amounts of information, make sense of it and be able to communicate with others clearly about it has been invaluable to me throughout my career."

Click here to read more on Jim Baptiste


Computer Programmer


Amanda Lavelle ('13) interviews alumnus Christopher Collins ('02), a computer programmer and analyst for SUNY Albany, who talks about his career path and shares tips for translating your major and your skills into a career path.

“I was an English major mostly because I wanted to spend my time in school reading & writing. At the same time, I ended up getting a lot of work studies & other jobs that were based on developing websites/interactive design projects.”

"As you approach graduation (or even before) you should develop a career plan. The needs of the prospective company determines what job you have to apply for."

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Bankruptcy Judge


Sarah Gagne ('13) interviews alumnus, The Honorable Erik P. Kimball ('86), a US bankruptcy judge about his career path and the value of an English degree.

"I went in with the expectation of going to law school. When I graduated, I was waffling about [law school]…I did not make the decision to go to law school until the last possible moment, maybe because I just didn't know what I wanted to do. Universities were discouraging people to teach in the arts and sciences, because a glut of people were pursuing PhD's. This is one of the things that pushed me back to law school."

"There are no lawyers in my family. I come from a thoroughly working class background. Even as a relatively young kid I thought it would be interesting. I'm an atypical lawyer, and definitely not a typical judge: [I spent] half of my work life outside of law practice, which is fairly uncommon, but very useful."

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