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Hard Economic Times Alter English Grad’s Career Path
Cailin Kehoe

October 26, 2015

Cailin Kehoe '08

When I graduated in 2008, it was in the beginning of the recession and things were looking grim. After about seven months of searching and working odd jobs and internships, I was able to land a job a technical writer in the D.C.-area. 

I spent one year doing technical writing and accepted another job offer to work in proposals for government contracts in the same area. I worked there for almost three years and was then offered another job closer to D.C., where I am a proposal manager and senior editor.

I write and manage proposals, help out with marketing, assist with contractual issues, perform business development, and edit and work with our engineers in the creation of user manuals, white papers, and standard operating procedures.

I have been at this company for two years now and very, very much enjoy it. It's definitely not something I thought I would be doing, but I am happy with my career trajectory and the fact that I am doing something that is aligned with my major: writing, editing, analyzing, researching, etc.

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