Not All English Majors Like Marketing

The second interview from the “How I Got Out” series¬†about adjuncts who escape bad situations was published last week at Vitae. This piece is about Kate Weber, a professor in her last term as an adjunct at Monterey Peninsula College in California.

It’s her last term as an adjunct because Kate will be starting a full-time, contracted, lecturer position in the fall at California State University’s Stanislaus campus. Moving on up!

Out of the Frying Pan

 

Kate’s story is a little bit different from Alyson Indrunas’s, whom I interviewed for the first “How I Got Out” piece. Alyson had a more definite plan and stuck with it, but Kate’s story involves a windier road to success.

After being forced into a crushing teaching load by the need to become self-sufficient due to a divorce in 2011, Kate did some soul-searching and tried her hand at one of those marketing jobs that English majors are all supposed to be good at.

The marketing route ended up being a dead end for Kate, so she decided to go back to teaching. As she puts it, “escaping being an adjunct isn’t always a step up.”

But Kate made a smart move as she re-entered the academic job market. She took an online course in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). This class opened new doors for her and, when the job opened at CSU-Stanislaus, her TESOL training made her the best candidate for the position.

Kate offers some interesting observations on her foray into marketing and she also has advice for other adjuncts in her position who are looking to “get out.”

Read the full story at:

How I Got Out: Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Fire.

  • Helen.

    Hello! I have been reading your blog for about a month now and I am glad to have found it. I have a BA in English.

    Ms. Weber’s story I could relate to, if only in a minor way. I too have read articles which suggest that marketing is a good field for English majors. But I have never been interested in marketing, so I’ve never pursued such jobs. I mean, if I were interested in marketing I would have learned about it college.

    So glad that she’s doing what she loves. Good luck to Ms. Weber!

    • Josh Boldt

      Glad to have you as a reader, Helen. You’re right to point out that English and marketing are two completely different degrees. For that matter, companies hiring a marketer might not even want an English major when they can get someone with a marketing degree!