Name: Cris Genc
College & Majors/Minors: Bachelor of Arts in English, and a minor in Communication: University of Connecticut
Current Location: Fairfield County, CT
Current Form of Employment: Employed as an Assistant Teacher
Where do you work and what is your current position?
I work at a local Preschool as an Assistant Teacher. I really love working with children.
Tell us about how you found your first job, and how you found your current job (if different).
It just sort of fell in my lap. It’s not my dream job, but it’s a start. Remember that you shouldn’t settle for less than what you want, but don’t rule out any opportunity to grow, either. It’s all about balance. Work is work and people are people. No matter what you do, you need to do it with a smile on your face and be thankful that you have a job in tough economic circumstances.
I have two pieces of advice for you post-grad job-seekers: 1. Dress for the job you want, not the job you have. 2. Be kind, be grateful, and never stop learning.
What was another writing-related job that was important in your career?
I haven’t yet, but I really want to land a job writing or editing (especially in New York City). It’s an amazing place to be able to get any kind of professional experience because there is so much there and there is so much room for growth and learning. America really is a great place to live because we have so many opportunities for employment for a variety of people. I also like writing articles, it’s a great way to get subjects that you care about off your chest!
What did you do in college to prepare for your post-grad life?
Well, to be honest with you, I take one day at a time, but I have a goal, too. You see, the most important things in life are really doing what you love and doing the right things. Do what you want because none of us are getting out of this thing called “life” alive. Preparation is key to success, so I would say I did all my work, on-time, and with a smile on my face. I never gave up, and I advise you to do so, too!
What is your advice for students and graduates with an English degree?
Okay, seriously. Be prepared for these questions: “Oh, and what do you plan to do with that?” “Will you be a teacher?” Also, people will always try and discourage you. Like you won’t make any money or there are no jobs. Let me just tell you, if you are a diligent person, and you believe in yourself, then you’ll be just fine. Don’t ever let people discourage you from majoring in something you love, and something you’re good at. There were times when I questioned if I really wanted to major in English, and I did, but I felt that it was the right fit for me, and hey, English is the universal language of the world. There are limitless possibilities for you my friends!