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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Arts
August 28, 2014
 
 
Canadian Excellence

What Our Graduates Say



“The skills I acquired throughout my English degree prepared me extremely well for a career in fundraising, volunteer management, marketing and media. Studying literature and film gave me clear insights into human relationships. In fundraising, relationships are pivotal. I was taught to question, to research, to debate, and to embrace new opinions and ideas. We were rewarded for critical thinking and for developed listening skills B both are extremely valuable in the business world. Writing for a variety of audiences was helpful in writing proposals for large corporations, or for a simple, professional thank you note. The opportunity to study written works from different cultures helped me learn to communicate with diverse groups. Pursuing an Honours Arts degree also gave me the freedom to augment my literature courses with personal interests such as Business, Psychology, French and Religion & Culture. A well-rounded Arts degree has prepared me to inspire others with my words, and lead my organization with a sense of purpose.”

Sue Lockett, CFRE
Development Officer
(Cambridge Memorial Hospital Foundation)
Honours English, 1999

“In corporate law, whether you are negotiating an agreement, drafting a contract, or standing in front of a judge, you have to articulate interpretations of a text quickly and clearly. Studying English helped me develop these skills.”

Kevin Osborne, B.A., J.D. (Osgoode, 2011)
In-House Counsel (It Just Works Software Corporation)
Honours English and Political Science, 2008

“From my perspective, a degree in English has been an excellent foundation for the writing skills required in the legal profession. It has taught me attention to detail and a creative writing style that allows me to excel in legal research and writing, including formal submissions and facts. This is a skill that those who come from the more ‘professional’ degrees such as business or engineering, have to develop as they go through the program and into the profession.”

Devyn Coady
Vice-President Operations - Students' Law Society
Juris Doctor Candidate, U of Windsor, Faculty of Law
Honours English and History, 2009

“You wouldn't necessarily think my English degree prepared me to be a professional fundraiser, but I consider it an integral part of my preparation for this position. A massive part of my job is to use language in a clear and persuasive manner, and that is something I learned to do when writing dozens of essays over the course of four years as an English student. I also put my critical thinking skills to use on a daily basis, skills that were moulded by my professors and through challenging myself to interpret texts in a variety of ways. Beyond all that, my enjoyment of reading and my ability to read critically and intellectually is forever changed, something that delights me in ways I never expected.”

Maeve Strathy
Alumni Development Officer at Trinity College School
Honours English 2010

“My career in the nonprofit sector simply would not have been possible without my English degree from WLU. There absolutely is a demand in the job market for well-rounded individuals who can communicate clearly and think creatively.”

Brock Warner
Donor Programs Officer at War Child Canada
BA English, 2009

“Studying English at Laurier was not only the best four years of my life, but helped prepare me to enjoy the rest of my life, as well. After graduation, I taught English as a second language in Japan for a year -- a position that I could not have gotten without my BA, and that made regular use of the knowledge and skills I developed during my time studying English at Laurier . . . Thankfully I had my knowledge of Shakespeare, Chaucer, Tolkien, Dickinson, and many others who have shaped the language as we know it, to draw on. I work now for Pearson Education, an educational publisher, in a marketing capacity in their higher education division. When I returned from Japan, I modded my BA with a post-grad certificate in publishing. I was drawn to marketing because my studies at Laurier had really emphasized to me the power of the written word and to think critically about the way in which we can be influenced by what others say.”

Ariel Kroon
Marketing Specialist at Pearson Publishing
Honours English and Women's Studies, 2011