What to do with a degree in English


Because a subject like English can lead to such a variety of different jobs, the huge number of  options available to you can often seem overwhelming.  From accounting to advertising and acting, the list can appear long and diverse.

A helpful starting point can be to think about the skills that you have gained from your course and how these can be useful to employers. For example studying English will mean that are likely to have the ability to:

  • digest large quantities of text, discerning larger patterns of significance.
  • extract relevant items from large quantities of written material.
  • edit and revise texts.
  • be attentive to the needs of different audiences.
  • understand complex conceptual environments.
  • weigh opposing arguments.
  • be fluent in different communicative registers.
  • attend to different levels of formality.
  • move fluently between written and oral forms.
  • reframe problems by imaginatively occupying different perspectives.
  • think outside the box.

See Prospects for some career inspiration, and After English, which includes resources and links on what to do after studying a degree in English. It has interactive activities where you can  look at your skills, values and interests.

For further information on choosing a career have a look at the Making Career Choices section of our website.


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