** GUEST POST ** Does Having An English Degree Propel Your Writing Career?

A writer is only as good as the thoughts he or she puts on paper. That being said, an English degree hanging on the wall never hurts either. As more and more college students are majoring in English, it can be a bit confusing understanding just what kind of role this degree plays in the career of a writer.

What Role Does an English Degree Play in the Life of a Writer?

With so many people majoring in English, the degree no longer holds that wow power that it once held. Since this degree is normally used as a springboard for students to branch off into other more specialized degrees within the English heading, it makes sense that the degree alone is not going to get a person into a coveted writing role.

In today's freelance writing world, many writers do not even hold any type of degree and are doing well in the field. While having a degree may help to get your foot in the door, it will not keep the door open for you if you do not have the writing skills to back it up.

How Does an English Degree Help a Writer?

An English degree shows that a person has mastered the English language and has a very good skill level in proper writing styles and grammar. In a writing interview scenario, the degrees that a person holds will be discussed, but it often falls to the portfolio on whether or not the person will be hired. Most companies who are hiring writers want to see the writer's true potential and not the degrees that they hold.

While it may not get a person a job alone, it can help a writer to have a successful career. Having a firm grasp of the English language and understanding proper grammar usage goes a long way towards becoming an effective writer. By having this strong background in writing, a writer is able to fluently use words to speak to a wide variety of audiences.

If people are looking towards becoming professional writers and getting their works published, an English degree is definitely a good start. Many people go on to get degrees in journalism and creative writing, which can further develop their writing skills. Specializing in a specific English degree can often be more effective than an English degree alone.

While it is important to focus on a degree, writing offers so many different options in the way of career choices, that it is even more important to develop your talent as a writer. With fluent language and a solid base of grammar usage, writers can go on to be published and work for a variety of companies even without holding a degree.

After you get your degree, the most important aspect of your writing career will be to keep writing. The more you write, the better you will become. Your writing skills are what will help to propel your writing career into becoming published.

Shirley Warner is a seasoned writer and blogger, often contributing to college news sites such as DegreeJungle. With over 7 years of experience under her belt, Shirley is always looking for new opportunities and experiences in life, while always being sure to appreciate what she already has.


  1. I know a lot of Secretaries that have English degrees. Most of them write very well.

    Have a terrific day Jody. Big hugs. :)

  2. Sandee, thank you for the comment :-)

    Have a wonderful and blessed day




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