Life After the Major

A major in English can open a world of opportunity for students. The analytical work we do in the English department improves students' ability to think critically-a skill that will be useful in any future endeavor. Additionally, students in the English department learn to produce precise, subtle, and well-crafted pieces of writing. All in all, a student who graduates with an English major is well-prepared to succeed in the world.

To prepare for life after the major, English majors are encouraged to complete a writing internship at a newspaper, magazine, public relations firm, non-profit organization or any place that relies on good writing skills. Information on credit-bearing internship opportunities is available from Linda Landis Andrews or (312) 413-2236. An internship will enhance the skills you've acquired in your major.

Each semester, the Office of Undergraduate Studies sponsors a Resume Writing and Career Services Workshop. Call the UGS office (312-413-2237) to find out when this semester's workshop has been scheduled. You should also consult with the Office of Career Services (312-996-2300) for advice on seeking employment.

Job Search Help at UIC:

Office of Career Services
LAS Co-op
Interview Tips
Resume Tips
Online Alumni Directory
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Occupational Outlook Handbook
National Career Development Association (Click on "resources")

The Alumni Directory has a listing of UIC graduates who have volunteered to be contacted by UIC students. This network of contacts can give you a foot in the door in your desired field.

Graduate School

MLA Guide to Doctoral Programs in English and Other Modern Languages
The Modern Language Association (MLA) is the professional organization for academics in language and literature. Their guide to doctoral programs offers a useful search engine.

Graduate School Programs is a comprehensive online source for information about graduate schools. This page on their website will help you find contact information for graduate programs.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
Before you apply to graduate school, you must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The GRE website offers information about the test format, about upcoming test dates, and about how to register to take the test. You can also download a practice test from this website.

On-line Job Search Tools:

The following sites specialize in jobs for recent college graduates:
CollegeGrad Job Hunter

International Teaching Opportunities:

(These opportunities require little or no prior training.)

Teach Abroad
Teach Abroad is a directory of paid and voluntary teaching positions around the world. Their database can be searched by country.

JET (Japan Exchange Teaching Program)
The JET program is coordinated by the Japanese government. Its goal is to promote cultural understanding between the Japanese and people from other nations.

The AEON Corporation of Japan (a private language-instruction company) offers language instruction in a variety of group and private classes to Japanese students of all ages.

Teachers for Africa - IFESH
The International Foundation for Education and Self-Help (IFESH) focuses on empowering individuals of developing nations through the operation and support of community-based literacy programs.

American-Scandinavian Foundation
The American-Scandinavian Foundation helps place applicants who wish to teach English as a Foreign Language to Finns at a variety of age levels, in Finnish public schools, institutes, or private firms.

Austrian Fulbright Commission
The purpose of the Fulbright Program is to promote "mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the peoples of other countries." The Fulbright Program provides grants for U.S. citizens, who are recent graduates and graduate students or scholars and professionals, to study, teach, or pursue research in Austria.

French Cultural Services
The French Ministry of Education and the Cultural Services at the French Embassy offer between 1,000 and 1,700 teaching assistant position in French primary and secondary schools and in Instituts universitaires de formation des maîtres (IUFMs) in all regions of France.

Participants spend a year teaching in Vladimir, Russia. Teachers receive a stipend and room and board with a Russian family.

CIEE Teach in China Program
The Council on International Educational Exchange helps students work abroad after graduation. Placements for Teach in China participants are available at an elementary, middle or high school, college or university in a wide range of urban and rural locations. A typical teaching load is 16 classes per week.

English Program in Korea
The English Program In Korea, sponsored by the Korean government, invites foreign university graduates to enrich their lives and build a professional teaching career while sharing knowledge and culture with students and teachers throughout the Republic of Korea