The skills you gain through studying an English degree are marketable in most career areas. Find some ideas about what you could do…
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here. To find out what jobs would suit you, log in to My Prospects.
As English is a non-vocational course, the skills developed outside your study are also vital in developing a well-rounded CV. While at university, for example, many English students write for student newspapers and magazines, get involved with student radio or film societies, or volunteer in the community or local schools. The combination of evidence of skills gained from work experience and extracurricular activities, as well as through study, can help boost your job prospects.
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English graduates find opportunities with many different employers. Public and private sector organisations such as the National Health Service (NHS), educational institutions, local and national government, financial and legal firms, and voluntary and charitable organisations employ English graduates in a range of roles, including:
Other typical employers include:
The retail, leisure and tourism sectors also typically recruit English graduates.
The major strength of all English graduates is the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Studying an English degree also develops skills in:
Some English graduates choose to continue their academic studies by doing an MA or a PhD, while others choose to study more vocational postgraduate courses in areas such as teaching, journalism, librarianship or law. Such courses allow you to study in an area you wish to enter as a career. More information on funding for postgraduate study and research is available from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) .
English graduates may decide to undertake further study in areas such as marketing and management, finance, human resource management and business to enhance their knowledge of a specific career area.
The top five occupations in the UK include marketing associate professionals, authors, writers and translators and teaching assistants.
|Working and studying||7.5%|
|Retail, catering and bar work||20.9%|
|Secretarial and numerical clerks||14.7%|
|Marketing, PR and sales||13.3%|
|Caring and education work||8.9%|
For a detailed breakdown of what English graduates are doing six months after graduation, see What Do Graduates Do?
Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.
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