Christina Low recalled how her time in the English Department here at SFU was one in which her instructors encouraged her to be both rigorous and creative in her academic work; from this Low was able to be more creative in her current work which requires her to persuade a broad audience to see a person or idea in a new way. Low cited clarity, brevity, and wit as central to her work with provincial health services.
In searching for a job, connections and putting a human face to your resume were hugely important to all our panelists. Simone Abt highlighted the importance of being able to “synthesize a lot of information and get that into a communicable form,” a skill she learned through writing essays. The most important thing Abt learned in her English degree was how to structure arguments and how to produce concise and direct writing. In searching for a job, Abt encouraged students to take the initiative by reaching out to potential employers through phone or email, which all of the panelists echoed.