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Careers for a student that is planning on double majoring in English and Asian studies????

heteromonoheteromono 61 replies45 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
Hello! So I’m thinking of double majoring in English and Asian studies (perferably East Asian) because those are what I am interested in the most but I honestly don’t know what career paths I would go into??? Can anyone suggest possible career paths for these two majors? I am open to anything. Or perhaps similar majors that have better careers?
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  • bonjour1bonjour1 47 replies17 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    That sounds like an interesting combination of interests! If I were you and got these degrees, I would probably try to teach English in an East Asian country (assuming you will also learn an East-Asian language as part of the major requirements).
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  • juilletjuillet 12661 replies161 threadsSuper Moderator Super Moderator
    There are lots of career paths, ones that would be related to them (like technical writing, developing narratives for entertainment products, editing, working in publishing, working in marketing, communications, or PR; speechwriting, teaching K-12 English, teaching an East Asian language, international relations/affairs, security studies, etc.) and ones that are not directly related at all (take your pick).

    I think the more important question is...what do you want to do? You could do pretty much anything, given a little effort, maybe some additional coursework, or some skills development.
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  • brantlybrantly 3942 replies69 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Anything at all that does not require a technical skill. When you graduate, and for decades after there will be jobs available that do not even exist now and that you cannot even imagine.
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  • juilletjuillet 12661 replies161 threadsSuper Moderator Super Moderator
    You can do plenty of careers that involve a technical skill, because not only is 'technical skill' a broad area with lots of skills included under that, but you can also learn skills that you wouldn't necessarily learn in your major simply by opting into other classes.

    I was a psychology major in undergrad, and I use many technical skills in my job - statistical analysis, a bit of programming, research (which is actually a collection of technical skills in and of itself), usability engineering, wireframing, and project management, to name a few. Some of those I learned in undergrad; some I learned or got better at in graduate school; and some I learned on the job.
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  • brantlybrantly 3942 replies69 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    @juillet I should have been clearer about what I meant. When I said technical skill, I meant skills for which you must be credentialed via a college degree, such as nursing and engineering.
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  • juilletjuillet 12661 replies161 threadsSuper Moderator Super Moderator
    Ah, yes! Well, that is very true :)
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  • DustyfeathersDustyfeathers 3353 replies77 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Two things you may want to consider. One is the JET program in Japan -- teaching English in Japan after you graduate. Another is possibly international law. There are English teaching jobs in China and Korea too. Spend a few years in the Asian country of your choice before going to law school, if that's your intended path. Also you'll need a high GPA (3.7+) and a high LSAT. That will get you into a T14 law school with a good Asian law specialty program.

    Other possible paths -- human rights, immigration issues, working for think-tank in DC, etc.
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  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 41893 replies451 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    edited November 2018
    Take a couple classes (literally) in supply chain/logistics and the world's your oyster. Otherwise, take non fiction writing, technical/professional writing.... On top of your two subjects. :)
    Look into Schwarzman Scholars.
    edited November 2018
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  • bcroger2bcroger2 14 replies6 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    I would get a masters or ph.d if I were you. I have degrees in accounting and management and its tough for me to find full time work.
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  • itsgettingreal17itsgettingreal17 3992 replies26 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    @bcroger2 That sounds like a personal problem. I don’t know any accountants that have had a hard time finding full time work.
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  • CCtoAlaskaCCtoAlaska 579 replies4 threadsRegistered User Member
    If you learn some coding skills along with that, there are opportunities in AI and computational linguistics for English majors with foreign languages.
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  • washugradwashugrad 1136 replies13 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    On top of what's already been mentioned - import/export business; tourism (eg, live in San Francisco or NYC or other US city that gets a lot of Asian tourists and ... work in hospitality/ start your own small tour company / etc. Or on the flip side, take Americans on group tours to Asian destinations).
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  • Dancer14Dancer14 154 replies26 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    edited January 6
    Knowing two or more languages and focusing on that can be hugely beneficial in the workforce!!
    You could teach one or both of these languages, for English look into journalism or writing, look into government careers, become a translator, etc.
    edited January 6
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