Graduates with a degree in English pursue a wide range of careers in fields, such as: journalist, social media manager, digital content manager, fundraiser, technical writer, news anchor, poet, lawyer, freelance writer, public relations specialist, business owner, public policy analyst, human resources specialist, librarian, publisher, teacher, grant writer, editor, novelist, web site designer, announcer, and advertising account executive. The critical and creative skills developed with an English major make it an ideal choice for students who want to be well prepared for the changing and flexible 21st century job.
Daniel Bradshaw, Marketing Manager at Marion Community Credit Union
Bachelor of Arts in English, 2004
Marketing professional Daniel Bradshaw not only carved out a career in the financial services industry in his hometown of Marion, Ohio, but he finds himself utilizing the skills in storytelling he honed at Ohio State Marion on a daily basis.
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“The skills I honed at the Marion campus, said Bradshaw, “not only aided my storytelling, but they’ve helped me in developing characters,” (brand personality and buyer personas in marketing).
A 2004 graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts in English, Bradshaw now crafts the brand message and finds creative ways to share the story of Marion Community Credit Union with potential customers.
“English is all about communication, so I’ve used these skills everywhere from positions in retail and sales to my more recent work in marketing,” he said. “My emphasis in creative writing is especially helpful since stories are the best way to share with customers.”
“Everything is a story and I’ve learned to treat my work that way. Whether it’s creating a campaign promoting car loans or letting customers know about an ATM upgrade, my mind is always with the reader,” said Bradshaw.
According to Bradshaw, he has always enjoyed looking for a unique angle and his time in the classroom working toward my English degree certainly enhanced his creative thinking.
“Being able to communicate well with customers, fellow employees, peers in the industry, and my supervisors have both advanced and enhanced my career,” he shared. “It allows me to share my vision more clearly and bring people on board by connecting to their goals and aspirations.”
Not only did he learn one the critical skill of storytelling in his daily work. Bradshaw also feels he learned the importance of editing, an unsung hero of English.
Bradshaw said, “whether it’s a post on social media or a full article, no first drafts go out,”
“I’m constantly working to say more with less and usually turn to others for their opinions as well,” he said. “Critiques from classmates during my coursework at Ohio State not only helped me become a better writer, but a better listener who can accept criticism of my work and not take it as some sort of personal attack.”
As Bradshaw shared, he also digs into data and analytics for the science portion of his job, but his favorite part is always crafting the creative element.
“Brainstorming, fleshing out ideas, and building all the moving pieces is where I find the greatest joy,” he said.
A big believer in the power of content marketing, Bradshaw sees a great need for creativity in his career. Articles, reviews, podcast and video scripts all take some of his time. Having a degree from The Ohio State University, he said, gave potential employers a sense of confidence that Bradshaw would bring much needed skills to the job.
“The Ohio State University is respected and admired across the globe,” Bradshaw said. “So, holding a degree from there carries quite a bit of weight. Anyone who sees that on my resume knows I received quality instruction and grew as a result.”
Ohio State Marion helped Bradshaw find and better develop his voice as a writer, he shared. From a practical standpoint, he also saved money by attending the Marion campus.
“The smaller class sizes meant a better connection with the faculty and my classmates. I became close with other students through our classes together and other campus activities.”
According to Bradshaw his Ohio State Marion education was top notch. “I didn’t feel like another faceless number in some classroom of 200+ students.”
Morgan DeWitt, Associate at D.C. based lobbying firm Ballard Partners
Bachelor of Arts in English, 2019
According to Ohio State English graduate Morgan Dewitt, her passion for politics and writing, combined with her degree in English degree has propelled her career in government and lobbying.
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Dewitt attended Ohio State Marion her freshman through junior year, majoring in and earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from The Ohio State University in spring 2019. She completed her last year completely online while getting involved in the inner workings of the national political scene in Washington, D.C.
Dewitt started attending Ohio State Marion in 2015 and left for Washington D.C. in 2018 to pursue her political passions.
She began as an intern during college on Capitol Hill for the congressman from her district. The next summer she came back as a White House Intern in the Office of Presidential Personnel.
Dewitt earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from The Ohio State University spring semester 2019. One year after graduating she now finds herself in a career position with growth potential in the field she loves.
“After my internship, I started my career in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Office of the White House Liaison. I stayed there for about a year and a half, and I'm now an associate at a lobbying firm, Ballard Partners,” Dewitt explained.
DeWitt believes strongly that her English major and writing skills she developed have played a big role in her career path success.
“I work on policy research and analysis, bill tracking and serving as liaison to congress and the administration,” said DeWitt. “A large chunk of what being an English major is, is analysis. Bill writing and analysis is like a different language, but being an English major helped me be a step ahead of the rest.”
“My English skills helped me every day in different ways at each job. For one thing, in this town,” she said, “being able to write well is a very valuable skill. Whether it be letters to constituents or press releases, the world is watching. They will notice your mistakes.”
“Another great skill I gained being an English major was the ability to think critically,” added DeWitt. “Everyone here thinks they are right and thinking critically is important so you can form your own opinions and decide what you think is right.”
“Every day is different,” she added, “depending on the political climate. I always have writing skills in my back pocket. I cannot stress enough how important writing skills are. If you can write, you are few and far between.”
DeWitt attributed much of her growth in college to the faculty accessibility at Ohio State Marion. “That was one of my favorite parts.” Conversely, this gave her room to explore and grow.
“They were also very open to letting you do your own thing as long as you stayed within the parameters of the prompt,” DeWitt shared, “which made projects and essays very enjoyable because you were able to learn about things and work on things that actually interest you.”
“I grew so much during my time at Ohio State Marion from exploration in my major and huge support from faculty. There's no way I would have moved to D.C. without the confidence I gained at Ohio State Marion,” stated DeWitt.
The small campus and ease of getting involved allowed Dewitt to in her words, “become a part of a little on-campus family.”
Jeffrey Kuhn, Instructional Designer, Games Research and Immersive Design (GRID) Lab at Ohio University
Bachelor of Arts in English, 2002
Ohio State English alum Jeffrey Kuhn made a minor adjustment early in his educational career and found the connections and personal attention of Ohio State’s Marion regional campus was the perfect environment to foster his love for learning and subsequent rise to a successful career in the world of gaming, virtual reality, and immersive design.
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Kuhn began his undergraduate degree on the Columbus campus but, as a first-generation college student, didn't have the easiest time in college and even dropped out for a year. He later found a home in the English program at Ohio State Marion and credited the campus with getting him on track toward a successful career.
According to Kuhn, his career path has been one of constant growth. After graduation he moved to Japan to teach English as a Second Language - thanks to the encouragement of former Ohio State Marion staff member Lynda Behan. Afterwards, he joined the Peace Corps and served in Mongolia as a teacher-trainer. When his time in Peace Corps came to a close, he returned to the U.S. and received both a Master of Arts in Linguistics and a Ph.D. in education, each with a heavy focus on technology for learning. Between his masters and doctorate program, Kuhn taught classes on educational technology and served as a producer for an English-teaching video game for the U.S. Department of State.
Today, Kuhn utilizes his strong educational foundation and global career experience to teach others. He is a member of Ohio University's Games Research and Immersive Design (GRID) Lab, where he works in virtual and augmented reality development. Alongside his work in GRID, he is the coordinator for Ohio University's esports initiative, overseeing all aspects of our competitive video gaming curriculum, student club, competition facility, and outreach.
“In my current position I work with students and faculty across campus to innovate in education and utilize new technology to advance learning,” Kuhn explained. “Sometimes that looks like virtual reality to teach history, or work to develop an esports-themed statistics class.”
“What I have learned over the years is that concise ideas communicated clearly is a skill set in every field,” Kuhn explained.
“Those who can communicate their ideas well, both in written and spoken mediums, have an advantage,” he said.
“English is more than grammar and creative writing - it teaches you how to analyze information, synthesize the ideas of others, collaborate with colleagues, and communicate the new ideas you generate to others effectively,” added Kuhn.
“Although my varied work experiences seem quite far from a typical English degree on the surface,” he said, “they all have at their core a foundation of creativity and the communication of that creativity, which I learned in Ohio State Marion’s English department.”
His work life, shared Kuhn, is lived in email, chat channels, memos, publications, grants, and meetings.
“The primary skill I learned during my English degree is understanding genre and that there are ways to communicate effectively in specific contexts,” Kuhn explained. Knowing how to frame a message based on the way the recipient will receive is a critical skill I learned at Ohio State Marion that I use every day,” he added.
Kuhn felt that his career marketability derived entirely from how dedicated his professors were and the skills they transferred to students both inside and outside of the classroom.
“That level of mentoring from the faculty is what pulled me back from main campus to finish my degree on the Marion campus,” said Kuhn
“That's how I knew the English program was right for me,” he added. “The level of interaction with faculty and the collaboration we had with them gave me the confidence to leverage my degree in new ways and understand it wasn't just the degree that made me marketable, but the skill sets earned toward the completion of that degree that made me marketable.”
College isn't only classes and degrees, said Kuhn. “It is also personal development, and networking.”
“The secret to success in college and after is leveraging the access it provides you,” he said. “Access to smart helpful people, research, collaboration, and others who share your passions.”
Kuhn credits his professional success in life to The Ohio State University at Marion's English major and having all of that so close to home.
Kuhn’s advice? “Don't just go to class,” he said. “Do your best to engage with the community around you and that is where you'll find your path to success.”