English careers

Overview

English graduates from the University of Exeter benefit from a degree which is internationally recognised and compete very successfully in the employment market. 6 months after graduation 97.2%* of our English graduates are in work and / or further study.

Graduating with a degree in English will put you in a great position to succeed in a range of different careers. Oral and written communication is at the heart of our programme and you will learn to present your ideas in a range of formats. You will also develop strong research and analytical skills and the ability to problem solve and make informed decisions. Through a balance of independent study and teamwork you will learn to manage your time and workload effectively.

Our students have progressed to a broad range of work sectors including education, arts management, publishing, journalism, marketing, finance and events management, working for companies such as:

  • Barclays
  • Palgrave Macmillan
  • English Heritage
  • O2
  • Haymarket Media
  • ITV
  • Amnesty International

Other recent graduates have progressed to postgraduate courses in:

  • MA Cultural Heritage Management
  • MA English Literary Studies
  • PGCE English primary
  • MA Magazine Journalism
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Skills

Career Zone

The services offered by the Humanities careers and employability team are complementary to the services offered by our central Career Zone where you can participate in practical sessions to develop your skills; access paid internships and volunteering opportunities; explore postgraduate study options; meet prospective employers; get one-to-one advice and learn how to secure the right job for you. 

*First–degree University of Exeter graduates of English. HESA Performance Indicator sourced from the DLHE survey 2013/14.

Professional Experience

With practical modules on offer and opportunity to undertake professional placements, your degree in English here at the University of Exeter will give you plenty of opportunity to develop your professional portfolio which will give you the skills and experience which you will need to be successful in your chosen career.

Humanities in the Workplace (Streatham campus)

Completing a work placement is great way to gain a competitive edge in the graduate job market and will help you to develop an understanding of how the skills gained from a Humanities degree are applicable in the workplace. Our College-wide module, Humanities in the Workplace, is available to all students on our Streatham campus and offers the chance for students to complete a minimum of 40 hours work experience in a broad range of sectors. 

Student Publications

Students at the University of Exeter produce engaging and award-winning publications. Exeposé and Exetera are the University of Exeter's student run newspaper and lifestyle magazine, covering all the latest news, reviews and debate. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved at all stages of production, giving you excellent opportunities to enhance your skills for the workplace.

Riptide

The University is host to the successful journal Riptide, a bi-annual anthology of new short fiction. Publishing the work of both established and emerging writers, Riptide has previously published the work of students at all levels of study.

Volunteering

Voluntary work demonstrates to employers that you are socially aware and proactive, and that you have developed key employability skills such as communication, teamwork and interpersonal skills. The University of Exeter works with many organisations to offer students voluntary positions. Students have previously worked with Exmouth Festival and the charitable international development organisation Engineers without Borders. Many students also undertake local community work through the Guild’s ESV (Exeter Student Volunteering) programme.

The Care Homes Reading Project

The Care Homes Reading Project began in the English Department at the University of Exeter and quickly became one of the University’s most successful student volunteer initiatives. Students who volunteer with the project are trained and sent out to a large number of care homes across Exeter, visiting residents regularly, reading poetry, plays and short stories, and simply spending time chatting. This enables students to develop excellent interpersonal and communication skills, as well as an understanding of how their studies can be applied outside of University.

Events

Every year the Humanities employability team organise a series of employability and alumni events which are tailored to the career aspirations of our students. Below are some of the events we have organised previously:

Careers in Journalism

This event aimed to give students an insight into working in Journalism, and to the chance to understand what it takes to be successful as a Journalist today. Former students Cyan Turan (BA English 2012) and Rob Edwards (BA History 2010) visited to speak about their careers since graduation. Cyan is now an Editorial Assistant and Junior Writer at the Sun’s supplement magazine Fabulous, whilst Rob is a Senior Editorial Assistant for the UK section of Russia Today (RT).

Writing and Publishing

Many students attended this event to find out what it’s like to work in publishing and creative writing. A great range of local publishers attended, such as Impress/Swales and Willis, the University of Exeter Press, and FW Media UK. Michael Jecks, Jane Corry, Anthony Wilson, and Exeter Writers were among some of the local authors who attended to network with students.

Life and a career in the arts and culture sector - with former Exeter student Julian Bird

Julian Bird, Chief Executive of two of the main theatre bodies in the UK, visited campus to discuss his successful career in the sector, and offered tips on how students can follow in his footsteps.

Using your Humanities degree for a career in Finance - hosted by Deloitte

The University of Exeter hosted an event with Deloitte financial services, who are keen to recruit Exeter students from a broad range of subjects. On this occasion, former student Philippa Rowe (BA French and Latin 2013) who is now a Senior Associate, visited students to talk to them about how their degree in Humanities can launch them into a ‘Times top 100’ career with Deloitte.

Our students and graduates

Use as many of our campus’ resources as possible! From your department to the Students’ Union, there are so many opportunities such as travelling for research to supplement your coursework and running events on campus. Now that I have graduated, I will be beginning a PhD in English and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan.

Catherine Fairfield, BA English in Cornwall (2015)

I have always wanted to work in the media and entertainment industry – specifically television. And that’s what I am lucky enough to be doing today. I felt that I needed a solid degree and so opted for English. I graduated in 2006 and got a job the following year at ITV where I worked on such productions as Happy Birthday BAFTA, This Is Your Life and Parkinson. The latter then paved the way to my job at Parkinson Productions – Sir Michael Parkinson’s production company where I worked as a Senior Researcher.

Andrew Bullock is a journalist (in broadcast, print and digital) and also holds credits as a television producer, social media consultant and blogger.

Andrew Bullock, BA English with Study in North America (2006)