Name: Ta'shae Sterling
College & Majors/Minors: Claflin University, English Major
Current Location: South Carolina
Current Form of Employment: Product Specialist and Content Curator
Where do you work and what is your current position?
Working remotely from home in South Carolina for a company named Unitive, Inc. based out of San Francisco, California. My current titles are Product Specialist and Content Curator.
Tell us about how you found your first job, and how you found your current job (if different).
I found the job posting on Indeed.com for Content Curator and took the inititative to email the HM directly. I sent a cover letter that impressed the VP of the company enough to offer me a different job with more duties and higher salary because he believed I was too qualified for the original job posting. That cover letter landed me the additional role of Product Specialist.
What was another writing-related job that was important in your career?
My resume is filled with a range of writing-related experience, including blogging, columnist writing for both newspapers and magazines, and editing resumes.
What did you do in college to prepare for your post-grad life?
In college I started my own business Revamp Resu(ME) where I focused on the needs of my peers by demonstrating skills such as editing, organization, SEO-friendly content creation, marketing, and administrative duties. I did it all, which is why I was able to secure employment literally two weeks after graduating.
What is your advice for students and graduates with an English degree?
The most beneficial advice I can tell fellow English majors past and present would be to never limit yourself. I know you get tired of being asked "Are you going to be a teacher?" every time you mention your area of study and that is sometimes discouraging, but don't let them put your thoughts and ideas in a box. We writers are creatives who think outside of the box and that is something we should always use to our benefit. It's a skill that we overlook but have to realize not everyone possesses.