Carthage creative writing students develop skills that allow them to pursue any career that requires the ability to think critically and creatively. 

Possible careers paths include writing or literature, as well as fields as varied as journalism, teaching, sales, and law.

Possible Career Paths:

Please note that this list includes careers requiring differing degrees of education and training.

  • Grant writer
  • School administrator
  • Attorney
  • Book editor
  • Copy editor
  • Advertising copywriter
  • Teacher or professor
  • Sports editor
  • News editor
  • Technical writer
  • Journalist
  • Public and media relations
  • Librarian


Where are Carthage graduates working now?

  • Communication/development assistant — Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design
  • Early literacy specialist — Lincolnwood Library
  • Academic program coordinator for the sciences — Beloit College
  • Teacher — Craig High School, Janesville, WI
  • Assistant state’s attorney — Chicago, IL
  • Admissions office — College of Lake County
  • Navigator — State of Illinois Affordable Care Act
  • Web designer — Amazon
  • Youth services coordinator — Zion-Benton Public Library
  • Librarian — Racine Public Library
  • Professional novelist
  • Copywriter — Bon Ton, Racine, WI
  • Teacher — Reedsburg High School District, WI
  • Teacher — Case High School, Racine, WI
  • Teacher — Mountain View Middle School, WA
  • Professional actress — Chicago, IL
  • Digital art manager — Jockey International
  • Recruiter — Aerotek
  • Officer — U.S. Army
  • Teacher — Great Hearts Academy, Arizona
  • Web editor — American Nurse Anesthetists Association
  • Librarian — Milwaukee Public Library
  • Teacher and librarian — Harwood Heights Elementary School, IL


What graduate schools do Carthage English alumni attend?

  • University of Texas at Austin — Ph.D. program in English
  • Columbia College Chicago — MFA program in film
  • University of Kent (England) — Ph.D. program in English
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago — MFA program in creative writing
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison — MLS program
  • Columbia College Chicago — MA program in journalism
  • University of Swansea (Wales) — MA program in gender studies

Visit The Aspire Center for more information on careers after Carthage