Professional Writing Brochure November 2013 - Page 8

Kathryn HOUGHTON Assistant Professor Professional Writing, MSU East Lansing, Michigan Kathryn Houghton, a 2008 graduate who concentrated in editing and publishing, moved away from MSU after graduation, but eventually found her way back to the program she loved. After completing her MFA at Eastern Washington University and working for the Michigan Department of Education, Houghton was contacted by Dr. Laura Julier with an opportunity to return to PW. She is now an assistant professor teaching ?rst-year writing and PW courses, and enjoys it immensely. Before becoming a Professional Writing major, Houghton majored in microbiology. However, instead of doing her homework for those classes, she found herself writing. “I ?nd sometimes people undervalue their strengths when they ?rst enter the job ?eld. As for goals, it’s important to have an understanding of what you want to do, what you need to do to get there, and what sacri?ces you’re willing to make for a paycheck.” “It’s important to have an understanding of what you want to do, what you need to do to get there.” Houghton reminds PW seniors that maintaining your professional network is very important. She also recommends starting the job search as soon as possible, not just right before graduation. Check out Kathryn’s online portfolio at kathrynhoughton.com