Please see the note at the bottom of this blog post concerning the link that first appeared here.
One of the things you'll have to do as you make a transition from college into the Real World is sell the value of your degree.
Why should an employer hire you, if all you do is read books and write about them?
Some employers are a bit savvier than that. They understand that your verbal and written communication skills, your ability to analyze in depth, the breadth of your knowledge make you a strong candidate.
But you may still have to explain.
Here's a list of great business figures who are avid readers, with annotations about what they've said, learned or done. They're not all English majors -- but they should provide good evidence that reading broadly and thinking deeply are not at cross purposes with business success.
Note: At the request of Online MBA dot com, I have removed the link that appeared here when I first posted. The organization is being penalized by Google; I'm not quite sure why. You can find the article again by searching for this string: 18 great business leaders who were avid readers
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