Next Monday (9/28) is the start of our annual Career Week, five days of informative sessions, visiting stars to steer by, and future-altering talks that are sure to boost your confidence and further prepare you for the real world. There’s something for everyone, from day one’s session with Professor Day, where she’ll offer an overview of what you can do with your degree, to a pretty awesome alumni panel on the last day, where a very diverse group of alumni will be speaking about all kinds of job fields.

Even if you can’t make it to all of the sessions (we’d be impressed if you did), look through the following dates/times and figure out which of them you can attend. This is the week you need to take your future seriously. There are a ton of opportunities for English majors out there; let us show you some.

Monday, 9/28

What to Do with an English Major
with Professor Cathy Day 

3:00pm – 4:15pm in Robert Bell room 125

Professor Cathy Day offers an overview of what your English major can do for you. Spoiler alert: it’s a lot, and you’ll be surprised by how many employers are looking for your skills.

Sell your Skills: Understanding the Value of your Experiences
with Eilis Wasserman

4:30pm – 5:45pm in Robert Bell room 125

Get a chance to talk to Ball State’s Assistant Director of the Career Center about how important your time at BSU, in and out of the classroom, has truly been.

Tuesday, 9/29

Finding your Niche: What careers fit your personality and interests?
with Eilis Wasserman

3:30pm – 4:30pm in RB 125

Certain careers demand certain kinds of people; find out where exactly your unique personality and specifically tailored interests match up in the job world.

Wednesday, 9/30

Site Visit to Well Done Marketing

11:00am – 5:00pm

Who says we’re too old for field trips? Sign up for a site visit to Well Done Marketing in Indianapolis, where you’ll tour a marketing firm, have a chance to ask questions, and get a feel for how the marketing industry works. Reserve your seat by going to Cardinal Career Link, logging in, clicking the “Events” tab, then searching “Well Done Marketing.” There are only 40 seats available, so hurry and snag your spot before someone else does!

Thursday 10/1

BSU to LA: Making the Big Move into the Entertainment Industry
with Andrew Kmiec, BA Creative Writing 2009

2:00pm – 3:15pm in Robert Bell room 125

For anyone who’s a fan of film, writing, LA, or any combination of those things, this is a talk you don’t want to miss out on. Alum Andrew Kmiec will be talking about his journey from Muncie to the west coast, and will be giving important tips and advice on how you can follow in his footsteps.

Innocents Abroad: Discovering the World with TESOL/Linguistics
with Tiffany Ellis, Leslie Erlenbaugh, and Sharon Jackson

3:30pm – 4:45pm in Robert Bell room 125

How do TESOL and Linguistics fit in with the world? Well, did you know there are many opportunities to teach English abroad? Attend this session and find out more. .

Friday, 10/2

Law School for English Majors
with Sean Southern, BA Literature 2007

11:30am – 12:30pm in Robert Bell room 361

English majors can do anything, including going to law school. Don’t believe us? Alum Sean Southern will prove it to you. Attend this session to hear his advice.

Alumni Panel: Taking the Next Step

Lauren Lutz, Marketing
BA English Studies 2014

Sean Southern, Law
BA Literature 2007

Dustin Tipton, Hospitality
BA Creative Writing 2012

Jaelyn Winkle, Teaching
BS English Education 2013

3:00pm – 4:30pm in Robert Bell room 125

We truly couldn’t have brought together a more well-rounded panel of people. We’ve got a little bit of everything, all in one location, and ready to offer you all kinds of crucial information. This panel will be perfect for all majors, whether you’re dead set on a career or still aren’t sure.

Whether you’re a freshman or a senior, undergraduate or graduate student, each of these talks can offer valuable insight into the job industry that you truly can’t get anywhere else. Mark your calendars. Coordinate with friends. Start brainstorming questions, because Career Week starts in less than a week!