Alumni Spotlight: Patrick J. Manley, Jr. '99
My Widener Experience
Why did you decide to major in english?
I decided to pursue a degree in English after about a year of being in the undecided, exploratory studies program. I have always had a strong inclination towards the arts, and the professors in the humanities at Widener inspired me to shift my focus towards English. It was a great fit; I feel that my college experience improved after making this decision.
What clubs or organizations were you involved in that made a memorable impression?
I was a writer for The Dome, a DJ at WNDR, and a founding member of the English Club. All of these experiences provided a great impression, and I am still in touch with many of my colleagues from these organizations.
My Professional Experience
what do you like most about your current position?
It enables me to use all of my skills in an ever-changing and challenging environment. Publishing has changed in the past 20 years with the shift to digital formats. Keeping up with technology, providing concise and essential content, and anticipating market trends are all parts of my daily job, all of which I began learning in my coursework.
What advice would you give a prospective student considering your major?
It is a common misconception that English majors have limited career choices after college. In my experience, writing and critical thinking skills are essential to business success, and they are becoming less focused upon in other majors. If you are interested in a degree in English, there will be many opportunities for you in a variety of disciplines. I do recommend taking one or two business-oriented electives.