Master of Arts in Professional Writing Graduate Advances Her Career in Higher Education
Amy McClure wanted a career change. Her job in a college admissions department required 12 weeks of travel per year, something she no longer wanted to do. Instead, she wanted to make a move up the ladder in marketing and focus on writing.
McClure knew she faced a slow climb without earning an advanced degree. She also wanted to learn how to become a better writer. After researching her options, she decided to enroll in New England College’s online Master of Arts in Professional Writing program.
Now, after earning her masters in writing, she works as a digital copywriter and marketing specialist for the Vermont Law School, managing the school’s social media budget and copywriting while also teaching classes at a community college.
Her completion of the 100% online degree program from New England College changed the trajectory of her career. In a recent interview, McClure said, “I could not have made the career change I made without the degree from NEC.”
Why She Chose New England College
McClure said she chose the online Master of Arts in Professional Writing program at NEC for a variety of reasons. One aspect of NEC’s writing program that attracted McClure is that it focuses on how to become a better writer in marketing and business.
“I chose the degree for the ability to focus on digital copywriting,” she said. “I really liked the variety of students who were focused on different types of professional writing and the different perspectives they brought to the degree.”
McClure always had an interest in business. She earned an undergraduate degree in communications and journalism and had considered moving on to earn an MBA. However, she had little interest in taking classes that didn’t pertain to writing, such as accounting and finance.
What Impressed Her About NEC?
McClure felt supported by the mentorship professors offered in the online degree program. She said that although students had a variety of career interests, “the professors were interested in what the students’ goals were and what they wanted to learn to reach those goals.”
She also valued the ability to earn the degree online because she worked a full-time job throughout the one-year degree program. She found that New England College’s online program offered ample opportunity to stay connected through Blackboard technology, which allowed her and her professors to discuss current and future assignments.
Advisors also played a significant role. “I really appreciated the advisor sending me reminders about when to sign up for classes, what to sign up for, and information about buying books,” McClure said. “The advisor was also really responsive to my questions.”
Life After Graduation
McClure said she appreciated how New England College streamlined the graduate writing program. The school informed her well ahead of time of the classes she needed to take and she just “needed to follow the program.” That allowed her to focus on earning her degree and not on time-consuming administrative issues.
McClure applied for a digital marketing position in November 2019 after graduating from the Master of Arts in Professional Writing program. As part of the job application, she submitted work samples from portfolios completed during her time at NEC.
In addition to the Vermont Law School job, Amy also received an invitation to return to River Valley Community College, where she worked years earlier in social media. She went back to the school in early 2020 as an adjunct professor, teaching World Literature. Soon she will also teach English Composition.
McClure said she is paying off student loans with the money received from teaching, something she said would not have been possible without completing the online masters in writing program at New England College.