Below are just a few examples of how our graduates are using their skills and knowledge acquired during their studies in their day-to-day jobs.
Many students who have completed their graduate studies in English at the University of Ottawa have gone on to build creative, inspiring, and cutting-edge careers in a variety of sectors.
“I feel that I get to have the best of both worlds as a student-facing staff member who also gets to teach. This is often also true for careers in academic advising. English MAs and MFAs are highly represented in these sorts of higher education staff positions where empathy, flexibility, and creativity are valued.”
- Laura Nelson, 2015 MA graduate
Assistant Director of Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity, Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh
“The PhD writing process gave me the opportunity to refine the research and writing skills that are central to my current position, as well as many less obvious skills.”
— 2016 PhD graduate
“The PhD writing process gave me the opportunity to refine the research and writing skills that are central to my current position, as well as many less obvious skills that nevertheless form an essential part of my job—skills such as collaborating with colleagues from different disciplines, identifying research gaps, and communicating research findings with the broader public.”
- Krista Murchison, 2016 PhD graduate
Assistant Professor of Medieval English, Leiden University
“My current job requires the application of advanced critical thinking and clear and concise writing, skills that were certainly honed during my time in the graduate program in the Department of English.”
- Murray MacDonald
Senior Director of Public Affairs at BCE and Bell Canada