Holly Hilliard

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Professional Background

Creative Writing Instructor at NC State University, Literary assistant at Sterling Lord Literistic Inc.

How has being an English graduate from Duke University helped shape your professional success?

The Duke in New York: Arts and Media program helped me define my career goals and gain experience in the publishing industry, and the critical reading and writing skills I developed in my English classes gave me an edge when I was applying for jobs. When I decided to change careers, my background made me a good candidate for a legal job at Etsy, where I happily still work even though I've since moved to Madison, WI. An English degree has given me flexibility and a chance to try out a number of different career paths.

Holly Hilliard
Senior Legal Response Agent, Etsy,Inc.