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Careers in English

Director of Undergraduate Development in English: Jesse Bordwin, jeb2sm@virginia.edu

Welcome to the Careers in English section of the English Department website.  We developed this page so that potential and current English majors have the resources they need to translate their major into the jobs they want.

English Alumni

Staffing Manager at Robert Half International


Neurosurgery resident at the Mayo Clinic


Libby Jones, 2006
Alumni director of the American School in London

Tell us your story! English majors from U.Va. have gone on to fields as varied as they are numerous. If you would like to share your experience on our blog, send an email to jeb2sm@virginia.edu with (a) your current profession, (b) how your English degree got you there, and (c) a favorite memory you might have from studying literature at U.Va.


The English Department has its own LinkedIn group, enabling students to network with English alumni and discover more about possible career paths, which you can join here.

To stay updated on all future professional and networking events, be sure to follow the English Department on Twitter here and Facebook here

Virginia Alumni Mentoring (VAM) connects “students to alumni in long-term, one-on-one mentoring relationships for career guidance, advice, and advocacy,” and you can learn more about them here.

University Career Services (UCS) has a number of valuable tools available on their website, which you can find here.

The Hoos Career Guide is an “All-in-one career guide covering topics from the job search, to building connections, to interviewing and navigating the transition,” and you can find it here.

What Can I Do With This Major is a tool that connects majors to careers. “Learn about relevant employers and industries, and find out how to market your academic skills.” Find it here.

The University Career Assistance Network (UCAN) is an “alumni database that can be sorted by job title, industry, and more,” and you can access it here.