I got a First Class in my English Literature Degree. Now what?

I got a First Class in my English Literature Degree. Now what?

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    go to the class

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Try getting a first class in maths at oxbridge like I did.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Try getting a job with a maths degree

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Who could get a job with an english degree?

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          women

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >he went to "oxbridge"

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    imagine being an adult male...and taking a class...on reading books
    KEK
    WHAT
    A
    BITCH

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I don't know what that means. Is it the highest grade?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      It's the lowest grade but also the best grade.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      1 Class is akin to 1st Divsion. It implies 60% and above overall marks.

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Minimum wage data entry.
    t. BA 1st and MA Distinction Eng Lit

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      there are some unique jobs that require you only to have a degree. like working for some charity, teaching abroad, etc.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I went for writing manuals for a software company. Ended up quitting and neeting though.

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous
  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Now you submit job applications to Starbucks then spend the next 15-20 years of your life paying all your surplus income to paying off the interest on your student loans.

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >now what?
    moron, you're supposed to have post-graduation plans after you graduate. Enjoy working a random min-wage job unrelated to your degree for a year while you do what you should've been doing this last year at college.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      But anon, my post graduation plan *is* to work a random minimum wage job unrelated to my degree, and for the rest of my life

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Congrats you were the best rule following monkey in the class, you are not creative enough to find new rules and break old ones so you will fit right into the current status quo editing club that insists writers today should only use third person limited, include dei and other moronic female reader-simping rules that this club enforces.

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    See if you can find a job at a publishing house. If not, do an apprenticeship in something that will actually pay you a living wage.

  11. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    You've got a bright career ahead of you

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      But anon, my post graduation plan *is* to work a random minimum wage job unrelated to my degree, and for the rest of my life

      Can't you yanks just learn a trade or start an apprenticeship after college? That's what most people in my country with a useless degree do. They get a bachelor's in something 'fun' for the hell of it, then learn a proper job that is often completely unrelated to their degree but isn't complete garbage like what's on the list. Usually some white-collar job with decent wages and career options. Why not do that?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >Usually some white-collar job with decent wages and career options.

        These just require a regular college degree. AMerican firms do not expect fresh graduates to actually have any skills. The "apprenticeship" is the first two years of their employment. The college degree is just way of proving that they are not complete morons and thus trainable.

  12. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >some white-collar job with decent wages and career options. Why not do that?
    Gr8 b8 m8 I r8 it 8

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      I have an acquaintance with a philosophy degree who did an apprenticeship at an insurance company after college. He's not rich or anything, but has a comfy enough salary to live without financial worries and afford shit he likes. The American system seems strange, can't you just go to a company and train there for a job from the ground up? Is everyone expected to just go to college and return with the exact skills companies need?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        The equivalent of an apprenticeship would be an internship here, but those are meant for those currently in college and are in some cases even more ridiculously competitive than the actual job market. If you graduate without having an internship somewhere, getting your foot in the door for an entry-level position is extremely difficult. Further, "entry level" positions hardly exists, as they all expect you to have years of experience and specific knowledge of the domain that's impossible to have without having first done the job you're trying to get. It's a shell game where all companies refuse to train, but try to get other people to do it for them.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          That sounds like hell. The job market here has its problems, but it's pretty easy to get an apprenticeship position that will pretty much guarantee you a job if you're not moronic. Internships are really only needed if you are aiming for a position that requires a degree, but plenty of decent-paying jobs can be achieved through apprenticeship, so there's much less pressure to go to college.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >It's a shell game where all companies refuse to train, but try to get other people to do it for them.
          Isn't that unsustainable?

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Yes. Eventually the knowledge will be completely lost as people retire and nobody from the newer generations is ever taught it. That, or the culture of outright lying on your resume will become necessary rather than heavily encouraged, and we'll enter a phase of society where nobody knows how to actually do the work but instead merely pretends to be busy for their entire careers as bridges fall and planes crash.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Why did boomers build a world like that

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Après moi le déluge

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Yeah shit is ridiculous here. I applied for an entry level HVAC apprenticeship but was denied by H.R for not having any certification or experience.
          I was like why do you advertise it as entry level then?
          I told the dumb b***h enjoy never filling that position then
          Companies actually expect people to get certifications on your own dime for entry level jobs that pay the same as food service jobs. It's crazy

  13. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Use the n word with no context in your social life.

  14. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Some contrast to the constant career blackpilling for English grads: if you did a lucrative degree but in a field you hated you would genuinely be in a much worse position. No faster route to hell than doing what is expedient for 3 years instead of what is meaningful. The people who take financially secure paths just because of the money I often see online essentially wanting to kill themselves when the going gets tough. Because you got a first you probably enjoyed your degree and were good at it — this is the key to success in any career, because if you hate what you do you’re not going to be competitive at all to people who genuinely enjoy it. So stop being anxious about the future and keep pursuing what is meaningful.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Good idea, the business degree would have probably sucked. Let me go flip burgers now.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        It depends where OP did the degree too. Getting an English degree from a prestigious university (eg. Oxbridge or good Russell Group) is not going to lead to burger flipping.
        Business degrees are quite good at keeping those people busy who have no love for the transcendentals (truth, beauty, goodness) but I imagine quite stifling for actual humans.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >No faster route to hell than doing what is expedient for 3 years instead of what is meaningful.
      3 years of grinding through shit you don't wanna do so you can more easily do what you actually want later is nothing.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        But what kind of situation do you even mean by this? Of course if it leads to something you genuinely want to do, then that's something meaningful rather than expedient. But you're very unlikely to enjoy being a programmer if you hate studying computer science, or a lawyer if you hate studying law, etc.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Life is suffering and random tragedies and people need meaning to sustain themselves through it, they need a why to bear their how. People crumble when they live inauthentically but become stronger if they pursue meaning. And if everyone thought only about the expedient because they were afraid of taking a chance, everything that is good about the world and that people enjoy about life would just wither and die. Sure, I don't know your situation, and I may have been very privileged to have studied what I wanted, but I do believe the chances are if you oriented yourself towards what is meaningful, things would, in the long term, get better for you.

          Studying something you love will make you hate it. Thank god that high school had an optional literature class, literally saved my life.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Not true in the least. All it means it that you never really loved it in the first place.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            I do think there is often something not quite right with the way English is often taught, especially at high school/secondary school level, and it is possible to have a love of literature without necessarily having a love for the classroom context. Luckily at university level it's mostly self-taught and more personal, but that comes with its own problems for examinations too. I was personally lucky to have great teachers/tutors but it's not universal at all and a poem can easily get murdered in the classroom. Sometimes I also felt my teachers themselves were more inspiring than their teaching methods.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >So stop being anxious about the future and keep pursuing what is meaningful.
      homie I will be a homeless bum sleeping in my car if I pursue what is meaningful. Frick off with this Marie Antoinette playing shepherdess shit

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Life is suffering and random tragedies and people need meaning to sustain themselves through it, they need a why to bear their how. People crumble when they live inauthentically but become stronger if they pursue meaning. And if everyone thought only about the expedient because they were afraid of taking a chance, everything that is good about the world and that people enjoy about life would just wither and die. Sure, I don't know your situation, and I may have been very privileged to have studied what I wanted, but I do believe the chances are if you oriented yourself towards what is meaningful, things would, in the long term, get better for you.

  15. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I love Legos, but I would never get a degree costing tens of thousands of $ teaching me to build them. I honestly don't understand why people can't differentiate between a hobby and an actual job. "I did what I loved in college, yeah I am proud, now let me go work in McDonald's with lifelong debt"

  16. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    sit back and collect dollarydoos or do the next school thing

  17. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    now comes the hardest part :

    build a great portfolio that is unique, original and will beat the competition

  18. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Learn a trade

  19. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    OP here. I'm going to study a MA in modern British History and politics. Then burger flipping.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Black person just learn a trade

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Which uni?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        KCL

  20. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Now pretend to be a progressive.

  21. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I'm graduating with my MA in English Literature this weekend. I'm trying to find some kind of writing or editing job, ideally with a big company. That or several part-time jobs in the same vein. I did a lot of freelance work for occasional money when I was a master's student, so I have a decent portfolio, though it's not online anywhere.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      you might try looking at a big law firm for paralegal work. it also gives you an edge if you later go to law school and come back, they will be more likely to hire you as an associate. the white shoe law firms are incredibly cushy places to work with investment bank type of perks.

  22. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    What is the point in an English meme degree? They all end up working in costa/Starbucks. Same goes for film, Philosophy etc why not pursue your interests in your free time and do a proper degree? Interested to know why Oxford makes a difference, Muh networking perhaps?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      >They all end up working in costa/Starbucks.
      Not true, at least not for central Europe. People with literature degrees go into advertising, journalism, publishing, technical writing, consulting, translation.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        A lot of this stuff is becoming obsolete by AI though.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Do they become authors though? No.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Oxford makes a difference because it's more difficult. At least one essay per week and heavy reading lists, one-on-one tutorial system. I agree networking is a meme and a codeword for nepotism.

      A lot of this stuff is becoming obsolete by AI though.

      With the advent of AI what the future really needs is more humans who think like humans, which is an argument for the humanities in general. Whatever humans can do that machines can't will stay in demand.

      Do they become authors though? No.

      Some do, but not as a career obviously, considering only the top 1% would actually earn enough to live on.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >considering only the top 1% would actually earn enough to live on.
        That's not true anymore, plenty of people who self-pub fantasy and romanceslop make four-figures a month these days. You just need to treat writing as content rather than art. Pump out as much as possible and appeal to common tastes.

  23. 1 month ago
    Anonymous
  24. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I've finished my philosophy thesis and graduated. Now what? Is pursuing academic worthless? Do I sell out and go to law school?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Spoon feed me about philosophy who should I read and avoid

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Grab an anthology on something you want to learn. I like the Chalmers one for philosophy of mind. This also goes for something like modern western philosophers or ancient western. Anthologies are a really good way to get a wide range of thoughts and allow you to dig deeper into things that you like from there. You can also read every other piece in the anthology if you want. Once you have a good range of knowledge then reading just about anything more focused becomes pretty easy

  25. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Waht to study alongside psychology that isn’t a waste of time?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Business

  26. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >Now what?
    job at starbucks

  27. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Have job prospects always been this shit for humanities majors, or was it actually possible to get an ok job with a lit degree back in the days?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      what people dont tell you is that job opportunities are always lined up by friends or family members based on the employer taking a recommendation. someone vouches for you that you are okay then you get an *wink wink* interview like everyone else that applies and then you are given a chance. obviously if you're a frick up sperg the only way you're let in is if your parents are somehow directly involved in the company, but if you are socially normal it's part of the right of passage. same way most people have their first serious relationship in their workplace, because of the sexual tension of being around each other constantly you end up fricking, and if your relationship doesn't work out one of you has to quit. this is also why people change jobs every 4-5 years, because it's awkward to stay after the breakup.

      nobody ever spells this stuff out for you, the same way they don't tell you to get a girl drunk before you first sleep with her so she can feel less guilty later and not resent herself from doing something that she would never do if it wasn't for the social pressure to act like a man. you should also wash your fruit and vegetables before peeling / chopping / eating / cooking. always wash raw chicken too. you can wipe your ass sitting down if you just sort of scoot up and sideways and you get a better wipe because of your cheeks being parted. when you first meet someone just say their name right back at them a few times to remember it, try rhyming it with another word. what else what else, if you ever travel carry two wallets, one with a bit of cash and your bus/train pass maybe a picture of yourself, and another with your actual id and passport somewhere else on your body. when engaging the services of a prostitute, always feel the merchandise first, the smell situation, do some groping, smile, if you can get her into it first you will get a better discount, especially in asian and latin american cultures where haggling is expected. should you ever find yourself in a fight or an escalation of a potential physical encounter, laugh and offer to buy the offending party a drink. when cutting a piece of wood never cut with the grain. always mix your paint before you apply it onto a surface and always wipe a surface before applying the first coat of paint. keep your old empty containers you never know when you might need a jar or something. old cans can be hung up in trees with string to scare about birds if you are growing fruit. never trust israelites.

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