Alumni Danielle Poupore

On Monday March 30, alumni Danielle Poupore came to speak with students about the many

benefits of being an English major. She gave students helpful hints about the challenges that

English majors will face while looking for a job after college. Danielle Poupore graduated from

SUNY Plattsburgh in 2010, where she gained her degree in English. Today she works in New

York City as a Communications and Marketing Specialist at John Jay College.

When asked the question, what skills are English Majors good at? She mentioned things like:

having the ability to do research, writing, reading, and taking criticism. She mentions that for

writing, “In corporate world, people are horrible writers! Business’s need people who can

articulate ideas in written format”.

After she spoke, I had the pleasure of asking her a few questions about life as an English major.

The first question that I asked her is a question that is on every English majors mind. What

troubles have you come across with finding a job as an English major? I asked this question

because I find it helpful to show that struggles of finding a job aren’t impossible, there are

struggles but everything always works out in the end. She replied to my question with “I think

finding that first job after college is tricky, no matter your major. For me, my English major

actually felt helpful. I didn’t feel pigeonholed into pursuing just one type of career. There are

options for English majors, I found that my skills and personality translated best into marketing

roles. I had to be very clear in my resume and my cover letters, and explain exactly what I was

capable of doing to benefit the organizations to which I submitted applications.

The next question I asked her was, what advice would you give to any student pursuing a job as

an English major or any major? She replied by saying, “Don’t limit yourself. A lot of people

have these romanticizing ideas about working in the publishing industry, or becoming a revered

college professor, or writing a famous novel. Here’s that problem with that mindset: Perfect jobs

don’t exist. I’ve worked in publishing, and the truth is that it’s not really a glamorous gig. There’s

a lot of paper work and administrative duties…Part of being a writer is figuring out how to live

and write at the same time, and it’s hard to cover the necessities if you don’t have other

work…The list is endless, and no career path is the “right” one. Do what works for you.”

The last important question that I asked her was, why did you choose to be an English major? I

find it interesting to understand why someone chose their field of study, and what it says about a

person. She responded by saying, “I wanted to write! I loved to write. I was always the

bookworm kid, making up stories to along with my crayon drawings in elementary school. When

I got to college, I decided to follow my strengths and spend time doing what I enjoy- and I

thought I could maybe even make a career out of it someday. I didn’t know at the time that I

would end up getting an MFA in creative writing and a job that allows me to use my skills. The

English major was a perfect choice for me.”

–Emily Mumpton

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