The English department and the Office of Career Services joined forces on Friday to host Emerging Careers in Writing. In the Rockland banquet room, students gathered to engage with several leading employers in the local industry.

This event was designed for students who have interest in careers that involve creative writing and communication. Some of the guests included Lydia Woolever of Baltimore Magazine, Barbara Hauck of Laissez Faire, Katie Lindholm of Scribe America, and Rachel Kassman of the Jewish Museum of Maryland. 

One of the unique perspectives of this event was the alumni panel. This was a feature implemented for Stevenson students to see first-hand what graduates of the university are up to within the field of English. The panel comprised of Andy Beres from CLASP, Megan Bosse from the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Kevin Fitzgerald from Connections Education, and Lynda Del Genis from Philips.

All of the members of the panel brought the experience of their varying careers in the evolving industry of English and writing. From working for a non-profits to being a technical writing for assessments, the alumni guests featured a variety of what the field has to offer.

The panel also gave important advice for students on life after graduation and what to expect going forward:

  • Everyone goes through a period of feeling lost after graduating, but don’t be afraid to take advantage of all of the opportunities that are available.
  • Do not underestimate writing as a skill, even writing for social media requires etiquette. 
  • Internships, internships, and internships! Every member of the panel wishes they would have taken internships because they are the best way to find what you like and dislike.
  • Learn to take criticism and feedback, which is extremely important in this field.
  • If writing is your passion, then have writing samples and pieces that you’re proud of to share with potential employers.
  • Going to events like this will put you ahead of the game because you’re witnessing a behind-the-scenes look at what you can expect in the industry.

Feel free to contact the Office of Career Services for more information on events like this and how to prepare. Appointments can be made through Handshake or by phone. Walk-In Hours are Monday through Friday 1:00pm to 3:00pm and Wednesday 5:00pm to 7:00pm.