After the BA

I graduated from the University in 2009 with an AB in English and a focus on creative writing.  Through a door opened by a Metcalf internship, I joined McGraw-Hill Higher Education as a developmental editor and then, this past June, became a publisher's representative for MHHE.  Throughout my career so far, my path has been shaped both by the classes and education I received in the UChicago English department, and also, less literally, by related experiences like starting clubs, working on the Steering Committee, and engaging with professors outside of class.  First as an editor and now as a rep, my role is that of a hub and communicator.  Having been trained in how to examine at a text and untangle the author's intention from the audience's perception, I am a more careful speaker, writer, and trainer.  I couldn't read people professionally without having gained a critical eye through my English courses.  Additionally, as a result of being treated as a peer with a respected viewpoint, the wonderful relationships I developed with English faculty at UChicago gave me the passion to work with instructors and students in my professional life. Last but not least, I'm grateful for the leadership opportunities I received through the Department of English. Their openness to nurturing new ideas enabled me to engage with the creative writing community and to be comfortable in my own role as a leader. Now, as the manager of my own territory in the Northwest, that confidence has been critical to my success.

Raisa Kreek
Publisher Representative

Undergraduate Careers

An English BA from at the University of Chicago opens up a variety of professional opportunities. Many of our graduates go on to study in prestigious graduate programs, in everything from English to law and medicine. Other English BAs use the linguistic, writing, and critical skills they have honed as undergraduates at Chicago to land jobs in fields like education, journalism, new media, publishing, public relations, technical writing, consulting, and advertising, among others. Recent graduates work everywhere from Basic Books to Google and from the Chicago Public Schools to the U.S. Department of Treasury.

Career Advancement (CA) is an university office that offers a variety of services, programs, and resources to help students prepare for entering the job market. The office strives to provide job and internship opportunities in a variety of fields and to promote University of Chicago talent to a wide range of employers and institutions. CA has also worked with students, alumni, parents, and employers to build, maintain, and access the University of Chicago's dynamic global employment network.

The Department maintains a close relationship with Career Advancement, primarily through the PRISM program. PRISM stands for Planning Resources and Involvement for Students in the Majors. The Director of Undergraduate Studies, the Undergraduate Program Assistant, and the English graduate student PRISM preceptor work with a liasion from Career Advancement to organize several  events each year that seek to get students involved in the major and thinking ahead about their career goals. The PRISM preceptor is also available to meet one-on-one with students preparing materials for graduate school, grant, and job applications. Additionally, PRISM offers two grants of its own: the PRISM Research Grant and the Seidel Scholars PRISM Grant. English majors have had much success applying for these grants in the past.

The 2018-19 PRISM Preceptor is Bill Hutchison.