12 Reasons Why English Degrees Are Seriously Underrated
Let’s face it: nobody really gets why someone would go for an English degree these days unless they want to teach it. However, here’s a reminder of why English can be the hottest thing since Mount Vesuvius in AD 79.
1. English is a global language.
Yeah, it might sound obvious, but English literature is produced and consumed worldwide, so you can’t really beat that, can you?
2. And you’ll never, ever have a better excuse to read anything and everything you can get your hands on.
Which, if you’re doing an English degree, should be the dream. 🙏
3. Having an English degree instantly makes you sound smart.
An effective communicator AND capable of processing complex ideas. Yeah, we know 💁.
4. And you’ve got the working-world at your fingertips.
Critical thinking and plus public speaking skills makes for gold dust in the scary world of jobs.
5. English Degree = Humanity 101.
You don’t just read books, you know ALL about what makes people tick: romance, desire, identity, power, nationality, to name a few.
6. You have the perfect excuse to be a grammar bully.
Sure, it annoys the hell out of your friends, but sometimes it’s necessary.
7. But you also automatically have more empathy and great social skills.
You’ll read some pretty intense stuff, which makes English degree-ers possibly the kindest people you will ever meet.
8. Why wouldn’t you want to be able to spot Shakespeare in the of weirdest places?
Yep, even in The Lion King. You heard it here first.
9. It makes for a fantastic basis to go on to other degrees.
You spend so much time in other worlds and other time periods that it often builds the skills necessary for other professions. Many people wouldn’t have discovered their true passion if they hadn’t studied English first.
10. And it’s showed you how to appreciate the beauty in everything.
You know when you’ve found a classic read and you’re just like:
11. You actually can make a living out of your degree.
Perhaps the most pervasive myth about having an English degree is “it’s just an expensive piece of paper – have fun working in McDonald’s!” But, since many people with English degrees go on to have a career in a whole range of sectors, the salaries aren’t as poor as you might think they’d be.
12. And you’ll probably have the best time doing it.
English might seem like an easy choice of degree, but anyone who thinks being creative and analysing other people’s creativity day in day out is easy clearly isn’t very creative themselves. It’ll be hard work, but it will pay off in ways you’d never imagine.