The Corporate World Is Not for Me...Or Maybe it Could Be
"You may be saying to yourself, I Couldn't work in the [banking, insurance, pharmaceutical, investment industry] because I don't know the first thing about that industry. I was an English major!
Ignorance of a particular industry does not preclude your getting a communications-related job in that industry. For one thing, companies are in the business of training their people. They can train you, too, either in a formal educational setting or via a mentoring relationship. Moreover, depending on who you're communicating with, ignorance may actually be a boon."
-From Tim Lemire's I'm an English Major---Now What?, chapter 8 "Going Corporate" page 161
I have to agree with many of the ideas that Lemire brings up in this chapter on and English major working in the business world. First of all, I absolutely abhor business, which is unfortunate in this business-oriented society. Most people want to make money, want to get everything they want, want to get to the top and be above everyone else. I am perfectly happy with what I have right now. This is of course why I want to be a teacher: yes, they don't make a lot of money, but I will enjoy my job immensely while still making enough money to get the things I need and want. This is the biggest problem for me to get over about business: I am an intrinsically motivated person. The most satisfying jobs for me are the volunteer ones, not the ones where I make tons of money for little work. Unfortunately, businesses are extrinsically motivating: they give pay raises, benefits, and higher positions, which of course aren't bad, but I'm just not the kind of person who likes to work to get things in return. I want to be paid for my career, but with teaching, I will be have more intrinsic rewards in seeing my students excel than extrinsic rewards in pay.
Anyway, back to Lemire. For me, he is kind of saying that just because I chose to major in English, it doesn't mean I will never have to have a job, or never be able to get a job, in the corporate world. I do want to be a teacher, but I also plan to someday use my degree in English Literature for that particular field. Would I love to work in the corporate world as a writer or communicator? I'm not sure. The only business-related jobs I have held were as a clerk in a video store and in a flower shop. I didn't mind the work that I had to do, I minded the structure and rules of the business, the constant reminders of commissions, and the mandated devotion to the company. However, if I took a job as a writer and communications personnel, I may have a different take on working for a business. Obviously, I would have to like what the business was doing in order to write promotional material, but if I could find this type of a business, I think that I could make it in the corporate world. Thanks to Lemire for making me think about an option that I had completely ruled out before reading this chapter.