Unsure of what to do with your degree? While future employment options may not be obvious during a Classical Studies classroom debate, most industries are in need of employees with highly developed communication and analytical skills. To help get some ideas flowing, I spoke to eight professionals who’ve graduated with an English, Communications or Journalism degree. Read on to find out what they’re up to now.
B.A. English 2006
M.L.I.S. Library & Information Science 2014
Media Analyst and Web Publisher for the Privy Council Office
With the rise of digital media, companies are now responsible for managing their online presence, and the Privy Council Office in Ottawa is no exception. Justin creates, edits and publishes multimedia updates for the Canadian ministry support bureau.
Archives Assistant at the Canadian Museum of History
Who could be better suited to conserve and curate literature and historical documents than literature majors? After obtaining his Master’s in Library & Information Science, Justin has worked in support roles for various Canada Archives locations.
Justin’s gift for storytelling has manifested in a side-career as a stand-up comedian at local comedy clubs.
B.A. English 2007
Diploma Journalism 2010
Senior Copywriter for Landmark Group
Phil graduated with an English degree in 2007. Wanting to complement it with training in the non-fiction realm, he completed a Journalism diploma three years later. Phil worked as a reporter, sports editor and copywriter, before moving to Dubai to work as a senior copywriter for Landmark Group. His current role involves managing the publication of digital content, including e-commerce sites, press releases, web pages and videos.
Phil is part of local art scenes wherever he goes; he does improv, acting, screenplay writing, video directing and singing.
B.A. English 2005
Diploma Professional Management, Marketing 2009
Content Marketing Manager for Lightspeed
Since graduating with a Professional Management and Marketing diploma in 2009, Levan has worked in publishing, copywriting and content marketing, overseeing various departments and teams. Her current role with Lightspeed, a POS and eCommerce solutions provider for retailers and restaurateurs, allows her to combine her love for writing with cooking and shopping.
B.A. Communication and Media Studies 2011
Disability Claims Processor for Great West Life
As a Disability Claims Processor in a financial department for Great West Life, Vance performs administrative duties and provides customer service.
Vance has been heavily involved in the Ottawa music scene for several years, playing the drums on 10 different albums for various bands.
Bachelor of Journalism 2015
Journalist for Pagemaster North America
Adam works for Pagemaster North America (PMNA), a subsidiary of the Canadian Press, publishing digital content for the Globe and Mail, and Yahoo Canada Sports. He has worked as a reporter for the Ottawa Citizen and was the editor-in-chief for his university newspaper.
As a musician, Adam has spearheaded several bands while living in Ottawa and Toronto. He writes lyrics, composes music, sings and plays guitar.
B.A. Journalism 2010
Reporter for Crowsnest Pass Herald
Anna is the face of the media in Crowsnest Pass, Alberta. As a reporter, she covers everything from local politics, community events, sports, business and RCMP stories. She’s fluent in English, French, Russian and Spanish.
B.A. English 2010
M.A. English 2014
Copywriter for Crow & Barker
Rayan has worked as a lifestyle and entertainment reporter, a managing editor, and is currently a copywriter for Crow & Barker in Montreal. He collaborates with graphic designers and art directors to develop marketing campaigns for clients in the gaming industry.
Bachelor of Journalism 2011
Press Secretary to the Leader of the Ontario PC Party
A PR specialist with nine years of experience, Nick has brought his communications skills to the political realm, working as a speech-writer with a specialization in crisis communications. He’s a ghost-writer, whose work can be seen in the National Post, SunMedia, iPolitics, Huffington Post, Ottawa Citizen and Financial Post.
When he’s not in the office, Nick enjoys travelling; his latest exploits brought him to northern Vietnam, where he wrote “Lost in Vietnam” for Sidetracked Magazine.