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    Hi there,
    I'm currently studying an English Lit degree. What are my future employment opportunities with a degree of this sort? Any info will be greatly appreciated :-)

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    You could do anything you want! Out of my cohort of English Literature graduates, there are people working in:

    - Education
    - Museums/Heritage
    - Fashion
    - PR/Marketing
    - Journalism
    - Publishing
    - Charity sector
    - Banking
    - Law
    - Accountancy

    and the list could go on.

    For some of these obviously you will need further training beyond your degree, but it just goes to show you're not limited to the arts or education after graduation. Not all English graduates become teachers or librarians.

    It's a fact that employers love English graduates - we're articulate, analytical, culturally aware and usually very emotionally intelligent (ie. will make good managers of people). English is a very well respected, traditional degree course that usually (depending on your university) requires students to have a high standard of academic achievement as a prerequisite. It teaches you so many transferable skills and ensures that you have an outstanding command of the English language, which is very hard to come by in the workplace, believe me. Due to all of these reasons, English graduates are amongst the most employable.

    You'll find that a huge array of career options are open to you - so it's just up to you to work out what it is you want to try and then go for it.

    Good luck!
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    Thank you Rachel :-) The information is much appreciated.

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    (Original post by rachelsays)
    You could do anything you want! Out of my cohort of English Literature graduates, there are people working in:

    - Education
    - Museums/Heritage
    - Fashion
    - PR/Marketing
    - Journalism
    - Publishing
    - Charity sector
    - Banking
    - Law
    - Accountancy

    and the list could go on.

    For some of these obviously you will need further training beyond your degree, but it just goes to show you're not limited to the arts or education after graduation. Not all English graduates become teachers or librarians.

    It's a fact that employers love English graduates - we're articulate, analytical, culturally aware and usually very emotionally intelligent (ie. will make good managers of people). English is a very well respected, traditional degree course that usually (depending on your university) requires students to have a high standard of academic achievement as a prerequisite. It teaches you so many transferable skills and ensures that you have an outstanding command of the English language, which is very hard to come by in the workplace, believe me. Due to all of these reasons, English graduates are amongst the most employable.

    You'll find that a huge array of career options are open to you - so it's just up to you to work out what it is you want to try and then go for it.

    Good luck!
    Someone needs to give the kool-aid a rest.

    There are no transferable skills studying English teaches you that couldn't be taught on a 6 month secretarial course.
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    Kool aid? Is that some American energy drink or something? Let me REPHRASE my original post...any helpful info will be greatly appreciated not the sarcastic or satirical. No help whatsoever from "starbucks" and the "kool aid" kids...why are you so negative??

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    (Original post by Brevity)
    Someone needs to give the kool-aid a rest.

    There are no transferable skills studying English teaches you that couldn't be taught on a 6 month secretarial course.
    Please stop talking about things you know nothing of.

    OP it is correct that English graduates have many transferable skills, and there are plenty of grad schemes open to people from all disciplines of education. For example I studied English Lit at university and now work in executive search (recruitment) as a Researcher on headhunting assignments, and am also currently project manager for the implementation of our first recruitment management database, as my bosses have seen that I'm also very interested in I. T. as well as being a meticulous person who pays great attention to small detail. However I'm now looking to apply for the Aldi graduate management scheme, which I am more than qualified to do with my degree grade and work experience.

    On that subject, what is also important when just leaving uni is any work experience or extra curricular things you can add to your CV for example participating in societies, helping to run societies, or holding down a part time job, and if it's related to what you want to do in your future career then even better.

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    Once again, I thank you!

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