What do English graduates do?
National statistics collected six months after graduation show that English graduates find careers in a wide variety of roles including approximately 14% in marketing, sales and advertising, nearly 9% in arts, design and media, and 8% are educational professionals. What may be more surprising is that over 7% of English graduates become business, HR and finance professionals. Further study is also a popular option with around 18% taking up postgraduate study, including not just higher degrees in English but also vocational subjects such as journalism, public relations, marketing, and teaching. You can find fuller details in the report 'What do graduates do?' Note that these figures are taken six months after graduation, so further down the line you may find that English graduates are working in an even wider array of roles! Many graduate schemes are open to English graduates; find more information about these here.
You can find details of the destinations of 2015 SHU English graduates here. Examples include:
- Assistant Manager at Cancer Research UK
- Copywriter at CW Sellors
- Content and PR Executive at Bugler Smith
- Graduate Management Trainee at Enterprise Rent-A-Car
- Graduate Marketing Officer at Edge Hill University
- Secondary Languages Teacher at Niigata Prefectural Board of Education, Japan
Information and support available
Prospects website has a useful 'What can I do with an English degree?' page, but do not be restricted to the list of occupations. It also has a useful tool called Prospects Planner to help you plan your future career. The Suggested Links section (at the top right hand side of this page) will also direct you to a variety of sites where you can find out more about careers, look for jobs and keep up to date with various sectors.
Want to talk it through in person? There is a wide range of face to face support on offer, from application and job search support to careers guidance. Appointments are available in your faculty and in the Careers and Employability Centre. For further details click here.