The College of Languages and Letters is holding the annual Pre-Professional Conference for students on Oct. 27 in the Gordon B. Hinckley Building.
“It is sponsored by the College of Language and Letters, coordinated by faculty from the English Department and organized by Student Academic Society leaders,” according to the BYU-Idaho webpage.
Emily Grover, an instructor in the Department of English, said the theme of this year’s conference is on how students can make a degree in the Liberal Arts work in the 21st century.
“The emphasis is really going to be on where you go after graduation and what can you do as a student now to prepare for the options post-graduation,” Grover said.
Grover said the conference is geared towards students with a major or minor in the College of Languages and Letters, but other students can come if they want to.
Grover said this conference is important for students because it helps them to look ahead past the diploma and think about the next step in their lives.
“I think a lot of students come into college with an idea of one set career plan, when in reality there are a lot of career paths open, so it’s an opportunity to see what your interests and options are,” Grover said.
Grover said there will be two keynote speakers, Joey Franklin and Patrick Madden from BYU, who will speak together from 9-10 a.m. They are both creative nonfiction writers and have both published books in the past year.
Joshua Chandler, a junior studying English, said he is looking forward to this one.
“The purpose of the Pre-Professional Conference is to let undergraduates meet professionals, such as fiction writers, poets, editors, and technical writers,” Chandler said. “It really helps students learn about professions that are out there and skills need to succeed in those professions.”
Chandler said one of the main takeaways he got out of the conferences is that there are many careers in the workforce where you can use an English degree.
“A lot of people think that if you’re an English major that you will either be a teacher or write novels, but there’s so much more in that field,” Chandler said.
Chandler said the English writing competition gives winners an opportunity to present their stories.
“English isn’t typically something you can present to people, but because of the competitions there is an opportunity to see the art the people are creating,” Chandler said.