English is a broad and integrated field where reading and writing intersect, and issues in critical thinking come into play.
Communication - Writing skills, adapting to genre and audience; High proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking; Good listening, clarifying, questioning and responding skills; Knowledge of the structure and functioning of language
Research - Textual analysis and interpretation; Analytical and critical literature comprehension and review; Conduct and clearly explain research results; Skills in seeing patterns in written material; Interdisciplinary methodology and perspective
Organization - Capacity to make critical observations and appropriate decisions; Organizational skill and time management skills
Critical thinking - Awareness of how language conditions not only what we think but how we think; Skill in applying a complex set of criteria in order to make an evaluation
Analytical - Analyze written material and extract salient points; Understanding of the nature of literature and of the various currents in literary criticism; Knowledge of genres, authors, periods, and critical approaches; Read material articulately and analytically;
Creative thinking - Original and Creative Development of Ideas;
Cultural Literature Perspective - Awareness of the role of language in transmitting culture; Exposure to different cultural environments
Rhetorical skills - Public speaking and persuasive arguments; Audience specific and target presentation skills
Editing skills - Comprehensive command of grammar and vocabulary
Computer skills - Word processing, editing and design software
Please note some of these positions may require further training, certification or education. Check out the occupational profiles to review the full details for the occupations that interest you at alis.alberta.ca/occinfo
Formal Career Assessments like the Strong Interest Inventory and the Myers Briggs Type Indicator can be helpful tools for your career development. These assessments have been used for decades to help individuals choose a major, explore career options during and upon completion of a degree and to further understand yourself in relationship to the world of work. Inquire with Career Services if you are interested in these formal assessments.