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Stefny Gail Ankney


stefnyTell us about your career.

I graduated from USCB in 2011 with a BA in English. During my time as a student, as an intern with the Office of Advancement I discovered I had a passion for Marketing.

In 2013, I single handedly organized a cross-country motorcycle ride raising money for severely wounded veterans (raising over $12,000). For this event, I built websites, designed all marketing materials and wrote numerous news articles that were published all over the country. I filmed and edited videos for marketing as well.

After the ride, not many other jobs would or could compare to the excitement I felt in working on the ride. After working with a local real estate firm, part time, I decided that there was no better way to utilize all of my education and skills than working in the real estate market.

I received my real estate license in December of 2014 and have successfully been able to incorporate all I have learned. I am the Marketing Manager for my real estate firm and as a new agent I have been responsible for over $1,000,000 in real estate sales, which is very uncommon for beginners. I am organizing our Home Buyers Seminar series, which is a 6 part class preparing future buyers for home ownership.

What do you like about your job?

I absolutely LOVE my job because it gives me the creative freedom to utilize all I have learned over the years. My favorite part about it is the marketing aspect, designing flyers, writing exciting descriptions that make people want to see the home and taking photos. I also love the structural freedom of real estate. I do not have to be in the office for 40 hours a week and I can work from anywhere.

How has something you learned in English at USCB helped you in your career?

As a student, I learned the importance of teamwork. I could not be as successful in my newfound career with out the assistance of my fellow colleagues. One of the most important things I learned as an English Major is how to think critically, creatively and quickly. This ability has helped me tremendously with keeping clients happy and satisfied. It is also very important in real estate to be able to write in a concise manner. 

stefny2Any advice?

My advice to current and prospective English Majors is this: Do not be afraid to follow your passion. If your passion is for the written word, then read everything you can get your hands on. The field of English prepares you for more than just teaching; it prepares you for life. In any professional field, there are major qualities that employers look for and you can get just about every one of them from being an English Major, more so than any other field.

As one of the hardest majors in college, the English Major graduates with strong communication skills, well developed vocabulary, ability to think critically, creative problem solving, and the ability to adapt, because every professor wants something different ;)