Do Unpaid Internships Lead to Jobs?
My colleague wrote: “They have data to show that in accounting and engineering, yes, paid internships mean more and better job offers. In English, it makes no difference. In communication, unpaid internships left students worse off than no internship at all.
I’m not wholly convinced, but it’s worth dropping into our conversations.”
Why English Majors are the Hot New Hires
My colleague wrote: “Why English majors rule!”
How does this relate to English majors? A University of Toronto study on the effects of literature on empathy shows that those who read fiction frequently have higher levels of cognitive empathy; i.e., the ability to understand how another person feels. Keith Oatley, one of the researchers, said the reason fiction improves empathy is because it helps us to “understand characters’ actions from their interior point of view, by entering into their situations and minds, rather than the more exterior view of them that we usually have.” This improves interpersonal understanding and enhances relationships with customers and business associates. When you hire an English major, you’re likely hiring someone who brings cognitive empathy to the table.
Fear not, English majors have some well-paying career options, says Katie Bardaro, lead analyst for online salary database PayScale.com.