"My English degree is the foundation of my career. If you can write, you can do anything."
~ Jimmy Daly
"My professors taught me how to think creatively, read analytically and write persuasively. "
~ Michael A. Iannucci
"My studies provided a solid background in literature and honed my critical skills for my own writing."
~ Catherine Carter
"I made lifelong friends and I got my butt kicked intellectually. I’m eternally grateful for both."
~ Alexander Long
"The friendship and support of my mentors helped me to grow tremendously as a writer."
~ Erinn Batykefer
"I became an Assistant Editor in less than two years with my English degree."
~ Rachel A. Gearhart
"I use my English degree to advocate for my clients. The program helped me become a better writer & thinker."
~ Mary Akhimien
"I honed my writing & research on diverse issues of the human condition, focusing on ethics and civic justice."
~ Brian Byrd
"An education in the humanities helps to render the world into a language that is profound, mysterious & complex."
~ Rachel Eliza Griffiths
"My internships & editorial work at UD prepared me for a challenging but ever-rewarding career as a reporter."
~ Wallace McKelvey
"My job demands perfection when it comes to grammar, accuracy and objectivity, and it needs to happen fast."
~ Matt O'Donnell
"I found my passion for counseling students and helping them stay on track to attend college."
~ Sara Linton
"I got a great job teaching 9th grade English and film studies and will soon pursue my master's degree."
~ Kelly Emery
"Taking a variety of English courses allowed me to master and teach the modes of discourse to my own students."
~ Danielle Allen
"I secured my job prior to graduation at a UD teacher job fair. "
~ Melissa Paparozzi
What can you do with an English major? A better question might be, what can't you do? Our alumni have gone on to successful careers in a wide range of fields – education, journalism, law, the media, politics, professional writing, for instance. To see where an English degree could take you, read these stories about just a few of our thousands of alumni and their successful lives beyond UD.
Phil treated his English education as a study of people and how they communicate. He found that reading and writing well increased his ability to communicate successfully, a now-rare skill in the age of texting. Phil is a corporate trainer for GrubHub's customer service team; he writes and delivers courses on new policies and technology and he also designed the new hire program and has trained over 100 new employees. Between his English studies and his background in improv comedy, Phil's students consistently proclaim how strongly he was able to connect with them and how much more prepared for their job they feel than they have at past companies. English has caused Phil's job to pay him, his wife to love him, his friends to admire him, and his dog to stare blankly because dogs don't care about English.
Daniel Becker earned his BA in English Education in 2007 from the University of Delaware. A graduate of Colonial School District's William Penn High School in New Castle, DE, Daniel returned to his alma mater to teach English. Now amidst his 5th year teaching, Daniel is a 10th grade English / Languge Arts teacher for William Penn; however, his passion is motivating today's youth to actively engage in their educations.
Daniel's formal training at the University of Delaware helps him prepare students for their futures through relevant, fresh, and engaging activities. He also mentors many of his students and helps them work through any challenges that stand in their way. His career goal is to improve the quality of life in the surrounding community by helping every student he can.
Skyler Konicki graduated from the UD English Education program in the spring of 2011 and started teaching English at Smyrna High School in the fall. She currently teaches 10th grade English, advises a club, and works with students at the Smyrna Writing Center. The English Education program at UD helped Konicki learn how to manage classrooms and plan effectively, and it introduced her to her interest in working with struggling readers at the secondary level, which she plans to pursue in her graduate studies. Konicki credits the English Education program at UD with making it possible for her to successfully find a job before graduation and with giving her the skills she needed to handle the challenges of her first year of teaching and still love what she does.
David Cavagnino graduated from the English Education program in 2010, taking a permanent position as an Upper School English teacher at Ursuline Academy, where he student taught. His training at UD and resulting state certification made him a stronger applicant and prepared him to write and teach several original curricula, including a seminar on Shakespeare and AP Language and Composition, and it prepared him to advise the yearbook program--all in his first two years. Dave graduated eager to learn more; he has accrued hundreds of professional development hours and has been certified to teach English as a foreign language. He aspires to put his training and experience to work around the world, whether as a classroom teacher, teacher trainer, or development consultant. Wherever his career takes him, it all started at the University of Delaware!
Upon graduation, Danielle took a job teaching Honors Survey American Literature at Century High School in Sykesville, MD. Majoring in English at the University of Delaware helped her prepare for the difficult content she is currently teaching her students. Taking a variety of English courses in literature, creative writing, and journalism allowed her to master the modes of discourse she encourages her students to use in her classroom. She was also a leader in her Arts, Humanities, and Communications academy and the Class of 2014 Sponsor. Danielle is now pursuing a Masters in School Counseling.
Kelly Emery is a 2011 graduate of the English Education program and proudly completed her student teaching practicum under the direction of Kathryn Szegda at Elkton Middle School. After graduation, Kelly worked as an activity specialist at Camp Sequoia, an overnight program in Pennsylvania, dedicated to teaching social skills to campers in a safe and fun environment. Currently, Kelly is a ninth grade English and film study teacher at Linganore High School in Frederick, Maryland. She was recently accepted into the University of Maryland to pursue a non-certified master’s in Special Education. Her research will focus on learning disabilities, classroom technology, and the ever-changing standards students must face.
I was a transfer students from South Korea and had studied business before my transfer; therefore, I was always wondering about what I could do with an English degree until I graduated. Now, I am sure that there are a number of jobs you can find and do well with your English degree. Since I came back to my country, I have been working for an international bicycle company, Giant. Here at Giant, all of our staff, including me, have to use English to communicate with many co-workers from all over the world. I am in charge of such things as translating complicated manuals, handling a purchase order, and editing professional documents. Of course, they are still tough jobs for me, but I have wisely overcome difficulties with useful knowledge that I had learned from my lovely concentration, Professional Writing!!
Matthew Groth is a marketing assistant at the law firm Ballard Spahr LLP in Philadelphia. As a marketing assistant, his job duties include conducting research and compiling reports on clients and industries, assisting with the firm’s social media efforts, and providing support for various functions of the firm’s Marketing Department. Matthew’s English degree provided him with a multitude of valuable skills that he has been able to utilize in his position, including business writing, editing, researching, and website designing. In addition, Matthew’s senior thesis under the direction of Dr. Stephen Bernhardt and Dr. Christopher Penna gave him the experience of working on a major project from conception to completion, an important asset in a legal environment where large projects are commonplace.
Jimmy Daly has put his English degree to work in an unconventional way.
As the marketing director at Vero, an international tech startup, he uses the skills he learned as an undergrad to write copy, tell stories and build relationships.
Since graduating in 2008, Daly has worked for companies both large and small, helping with social media, brand journalism, communications and PR. The writing skills he learned at Delaware are the foundation on which he's building a successful career in the tech marketing world.
Specifically, Daly credits two journalism courses taught by McKay Jenkins for inspiring him to pursue a career in writing. "If you can write, you can do anything. The ability to put thoughts into words is more valuable that I ever imagined," says Daly.
Kristen graduated from the University of Delaware's English Education department in the Spring of 2006. After being inspired by Professors Alvarez and Bieler, Kristen was driven by the change she hoped to create through the teaching of reading and writing. She felt empowered by her English Education professors, and she found her time in the XEE department courses to be the most fulfulling of her educational career.
Kristen began teaching 6th grade reading after college, hoping to put her passion to use. As she taught and saw how critical a time middle school was for students' reading habits, Kristen realized she found the deepest happiness from helping students discover the gift of a lifelong love of reading. She then received her Masters Degree from Rutgers University in Library and Information Science and now works as a Middle School Librarian, serving grades 5-8. Kristen only hopes to inspire her students with books the way that her XEE professors inspired her with their passion and expertise. Kristen feels that her time in UD's XEE program truly helped her discover her perfect position in the field of education.
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