English club event helps English majors with career issues

Getting ready to pursue your career can start when you become a freshman in college. Though freshman and sophomore students may be a few years away from graduation, it is never too early to begin thinking about internship and job opportunities. On Tuesday, March 24, the English Club at Seton Hill University (SHU) worked in conjunction with CareerWorks to put on an event to help provide English majors with information on how to find internship and job opportunities.

By Rachel Prichard

Senior Staff Writer

Getting ready to pursue your career can start when you become a freshman in college.  Though freshman and sophomore students may be a few years away from graduation, it is never too early to begin thinking about internship and job opportunities.  On Tuesday, March 24, the English Club at Seton Hill University (SHU) worked in conjunction with CareerWorks to put on an event to help provide English majors with information on how to find internship and job opportunities.

The inspiration for the event came from a concerned club member.  Jessie Pilewski, a junior and Vice President of the English Club, was looking into her future as a creative writing major.

“At the time I was looking into internships and I realized that there is a slim range for creative writing majors or English literature majors,” said Pilewski. “I was looking for something geared towards creative writing and finding it difficult to find anything.”
Pilewski decided to use some of the resources available on campus in her search for an internship.  She realized that she could also reach out to members of the English Club by putting together an informational event geared toward all English majors, but was aiming towards younger students.

“I was really hoping that we could get  a lot of our underclassmen club members involved.  As freshman and sophomores, they may not be thinking about internships yet;   but looking back, I wish I would have thought about it earlier,” said Pilewski. 
Underclassmen English majors recognized this event as something they would benefit from in the long run.

“I haven’t really gotten any information about internships and careers since I am a freshman.  I wanted to come to this so I could get information so I could get an internship and have a better resume,” said Karyssa Blair, a freshman.

The event was held in the Sully Hangout, where Rebecca Campbell, Director of CareerWorks spoke to a turnout of club members.  Campbell talked about what English majors face in the professional world and how to position themselves in successfully seeking internship and job opportunities.  She also shared her own experiences with writing and dispensed helpful handouts on how the English major’s skills can apply to different fields of the professional world such as marketing, public relations, and advertising.