Let's talk about careers...
When you tell people your major, how many times has someone responded: “What are you going to write a book or something?” Although I have heard some Writing Arts majors express interest in writing a book—there are plenty more career paths to follow after getting your Writing Arts degree.
College students enter their field of study with a variety of intentions, one specifically being: “What kind of job can I get with this degree?” When you think about a degree in Writing Arts, how many careers come to mind?
If you answered “not many,” think again!
Writers are by no means limited in career choices. Writer’s are rather lucky because their options are so vast. Many times writers don’t even realize how many options they truly have.
For most of us, making a career out of solely “being a writer” usually isn’t enough, but there is a simple solution to this. Find another passion. Yes, writing can be a passion in itself, but it’s typically not specific enough. Writing is a way of transmitting, communicating, and generating ideas, but these ideas must relate to something. Even writers who write about writing focus on specific aspects of writing such as genre studies, rhetorical studies, and so on.
Finding something you’re passionate about, and then writing about is a helpful way to shape your career path. That way, you can make a career for yourself that you care about—one that makes you feel fulfilled.
Writing Arts alumni are following their passions and making a career out of their passions. Does this not sound like the best major ever?
Katelyn Catinella graduated with a BA in Writing Arts in 2012. Katelyn also has an MFA in Creative Writing from Rutgers University, Camden. She is an editorial copywriter and product copywriter for Anthropologie. She writes about half of the online blogs, and she will be contributing to the print catalogs soon. “I get to marry my love of clothing and home décor with my love of writing.”
Katelyn always knew that she wanted to work for a lifestyle company, so she minored in advertising so she could better understand copywriting practices. Being able to make a career from writing about something you care for will make your writing career so much more meaningful.
Hope Oberwanowicz is another alumnus whose passion for music and writing shaped her career. She graduated in 2015 with her BA in Writing Arts. Hope is the lead vocalist and songwriter for the band VISTA. The band has been her primary focus since graduation. With the help of her writing and vocal skills, Hope found an exciting career for herself!
Another 2015 graduate, Bria Mears, received her BA and now has an MS from Drexel University. She works as a web developer for Fyra, an international high-speed rail service. She's also going to be teaching a Digital Storytelling class as an adjunct professor at Drexel University soon!
Additionally, Bria is contributing to the creation of a mobile narrative game called Heartline as the writer. She and the other contributors—the group is called Lunar Rabbit Games—are building the game for fun! Bria’s interests in digital creation and writing combined have led her to her current endeavors.
Jessica Tuckerman graduated first in 2014 with her BA in Writing Arts with specializations in Creative Writing and New Media. Then in 2016, she graduated again from Rowan with her MA in Writing. She currently has an internship with Picador Press, a division of MacMillan Publishing while she progresses towards her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Sierra Nevada College. “I’ve always seen myself in publishing. I think what really helped cement it as a passion AND a possibility was my WA degree in conjunction with my new media concentration.”
Published on her own blogs, Jessica reviews middle grade and Young Adult books and hosts a podcast specifically about Young Adult literature. By doing this, she practices creating and editing new media content, and it also allows her to network within in her field.
Jessica says: “It's hard as a writer, but I don't wish to discourage you. Just continue to put yourself into the world. Blog. Tweet. Post. It will help you find a related job and help you continue to write on your own terms.”
Our alumni have pursued writing careers that differ immensely, but they all have one thing in common—they are working and living amongst their passions. In my opinion, that is the most meaningful kind of career you can get.
Graduate Katelyn Catinella assures Writing Arts students that there are jobs that they care about waiting for them after graduation: “Lots of companies need writers, and a surprising amount of people just aren’t that great at communicating through text. If you’re passionate about something—whether it’s fashion or computers or sports or anything in between—opportunities exist in which you can write about those things. The best part? Someone will actually pay you to do it.”