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Is an Eng Lit and Creative Writing joint honours degree good for employability?

I'm just stressing about potential career oppurtunities. It is clear how much humanities students are not valued and their degrees especially... what sort of careers could I do well in? I know there's copywriting and journalism (but I have a hatred of journalism for some reason), I don't want to teach (MAYBE at A-level), but I was thinking perhaps more marketing stuff etc? How could that work? I just want some advice
Reply 1
There is no job that says 'must have an English Lit degree' - and just be aware that 'Creative Writing' is viewed with total scepticism by employers as it sounds like something you do in Primary School.

Yes, an English Lit degree will help you get a graduate job, as will one in History or Sociology, but the subject matter will be irrelevant.

If you want an English degree to have some real value in job terms, do one with a placement year -
UEA - https://www.uea.ac.uk/course/undergraduate/ba-english-literature-and-creative-writing-with-a-placement-year
Exeter - https://www.exeter.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/english/english/
Loughborough - https://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/english/
or do a combined subject that includes more than just Lit -
American Studies - https://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/american-studies-with-a-study-abroad-year-ba
Liberal Arts - https://www.durham.ac.uk/departments/academic/liberal-arts/
(edited 5 months ago)
Reply 2
Original post by McGinger
There is no job that says 'must have an English Lit degree' - and just be aware that 'Creative Writing' is viewed with total scepticism by employers as it sounds like something you do in Primary School.

Yes, an English Lit degree will help you get a graduate job, as will one in History or Sociology, but the subject matter will be irrelevant.

If you want an English degree to have some real value in job terms, do one with a placement year -
UEA - https://www.uea.ac.uk/course/undergraduate/ba-english-literature-and-creative-writing-with-a-placement-year
Exeter - https://www.exeter.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/english/english/
Loughborough - https://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/english/
or do a combined subject that includes more than just Lit -
American Studies - https://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/american-studies-with-a-study-abroad-year-ba
Liberal Arts - https://www.durham.ac.uk/departments/academic/liberal-arts/

I should've specified I'm already doing a Eng Lit and Creative Writing degree at University of Birmingham... thanks though.

Edit = I also know that jobs are not like that, I am just wondering what careers would be best for the skills that I will learn in my degree?
(edited 5 months ago)
Reply 3
Original post by sticklobster
I should've specified I'm already doing a Eng Lit and Creative Writing degree at University of Birmingham... thanks though.


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