Potential careers

Graduates from courses in this Department enter a wide range of jobs across most sectors of the economy. Teaching is a popular career option for graduates who want to make direct use of their subject knowledge, and this is evidenced by the numbers proceeding to teacher training or finding employment as Teaching Assistants (often as a means of gaining practical experience before applying for a teaching course). Graduates from the single honours course are more likely to pursue this option than those who studied joint honours.

Outside of teaching the destinations of graduates from these courses are similar and they can be found working in all employment sectors, and applying the transferable skills they have acquired in a range of work. Recent job titles include Charity Administrator, Retail Management Trainee, Radio Presenter, Copywriter, Marketing Officer, Learning Disabilities Key Worker and Recruitment Consultant. A number of graduates are working in non-graduate roles six months after graduation, mainly in administrative, retail and customer service roles, developing further skills and experience in preparation for their graduate career.

Some graduates undertake Masters degrees, although this is more popular option for single honours graduates. Approximately half of those progressing to Masters degrees are studying aspects of English in greater depth. Other options include journalism, law conversion courses, human resource and other types of management.

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Step 1 - Look at the career paths of recent graduates

Understanding what recent graduates from your subject have gone on to do can be a valuable source of information to help in career planning, but bear in mind that what you choose to do will be a personal decision based on many other factors, such as what you are good at, what you enjoy, and what you want from work.

Understand yourself and your options

Read this section first, if you have not already done so, as it will help you explore these factors and get ideas for possible careers.

English - What University of Sheffield Graduates do six months after graduation

This data was collected six months after graduation, so although useful, it doesn't provide a reliable indicator of longer term career paths. Some graduates are still in transition and may be in short term jobs, mainly in administrative, retail and customer service roles, developing further skills and experience while at the same time job hunting, travelling or taking time out.

Graduate case studies

Our graduate case studies database allows you to search by department and read the case studies from graduates who describe their career path and provide a realistic insight into the world of work.

Step 2 - Research options linked to your subject

We have put together a number of resources to help with this.

Options with your subject - English

This section of the Prospects website will help you to explore how you can best use your degree.

There are a number of obvious jobs that you may wish to consider such as journalism, advertising, or secondary school teacher. However, you should remember that a large proportion of vacancies advertised to graduates are open to any degree subject so you should be prepared to explore all your options.

What can I do with a English degree?

This guide produced by Targetjobs, should help you think about the skills you have and the jobs they can be applied to.

Explore types of jobs

This part of Prospects includes profiles covering a wide range of occupations, including job descriptions, salary, entry requirements, training, typical employers and vacancies.

Step 3 - Search vacancy databases for jobs of interest

Career Connect

We advertise over 5000 vacancies each year for graduate jobs, placements, part-time, voluntary and vacation work.

Information resources

Our Information resources database includes a section covering a large number of general and regional graduate vacancy websites. Within the ‘Occupations’ section we include recruiters who specialise in a particular sector. Many professional organisations and government bodies also include vacancies as part of their website.

Other suggested vacancy sources