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Careers for School of English Graduates

Studying any of the courses offered in the School of English will prepare you for a diverse range of rewarding and profitable careers across most sectors of the economy. However you choose to use your degree, the combination of academic excellence and personal skills developed and demonstrated on your course will make you highly prized by employers around the world.

Your career

When it comes to the workplace, a degree in any of our courses in the School of English can open all kinds of doors. This is good if you're not sure about your career plans yet. But it's just as good if you are.
The analytical, communication, and self-motivation skills you’ll learn with us are vital across all kinds of careers. Add this to the prestige of a degree from one of Britain's best universities and you'll see why our graduates excel in the jobs market. You can find out more about the careers open to you after studying our degrees by using the following links:

Our graduates

Many go on to work in the media, journalism, publishing, marketing and advertising. Others build careers in teaching, while some follow paths into law, business and management. A further group progresses to postgraduate study, research and an academic career.

There is lots more information about what our graduates do on the Careers Service page for the School of English. On this page you will also find a link to our Graduate Case Studies, where there is detailed information about some of our former students and the careers they have followed. To see these profiles, follow the link, and select 'English Literature, Language and Linguistics' from the drop-down box.

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Something I’d recommend is to get involved in everything you can and do everything you can. It’s only three years so make the most of being in this place where everything is available to you. It’s a chance to work out what you’re good at, what you love and what you thrive in.

Helen Monks, BA English & Theatre

Support in the School of English

We will support you to develop your skills and employability during your time studying with us.

Over the course of your degree, you will develop all the skills that prospective employers want you have whilst studying, such as excellent written and verbal communication skills; independent-thinking and time-management; research skills using databases, archives, libraries; engagement with cultural and social diversity through reading, writing and working with other students and the community. Not only this, but you will have the opportunity to use your skills in practical contexts, and to develop your experiences by undertaking study beyond the School of English.

We will support you as you take opportunities outside the curriculum for students to gain work experience and to participate in volunteering initiatives, and will provide an environment in you can reflect on the competences you have acquired and the value of these attributes to employers. You will also be able to engage with alumni in order to draw on their experience, and develop your understanding possible career routes.

You can find out much more about the range of support available in the School of English by reading our Careers and Employability handbook.

For more Alumni case studies, please visit our Alumni ebook.


Work placements

Tariro Mupamhadzi

Tariro Mupamhadzi, BA English Literature, Internship at London-based Publishing Company

Tariro Mupamhadzi

After completing my second year at Sheffield, I worked as an intern in London for four months during the summer holidays. I worked for Bahati Books which is an organisation specialising in publishing and promoting African Literature online. One of the highlights of the role was the amount of responsibility that I was given and had the opportunity to carry out a variety of tasks such as copywriting, writing newsletters and organising events. I would definitely recommend doing a placement to other students as not only have I developed invaluable skills such as communication and creative thought but I have also realised that publishing is a career path that I would consider once I have graduated.

Jenny Schofield

Jenny Schofield, BA English Literature, Teaching English in Thailand

Jenny Schofield

After my first year at Sheffield, I took the opportunity to go on a placement for one month over my summer vacation with a company called Camp Thailand. During this time, I travelled to Chiang Mai to teach English to students aged between four and twenty years old. I also had the opportunity to travel around Northern Thailand in my spare time including visiting an elephant camp where I looked after rescued elephants! This was a once in a lifetime experience that has been really beneficial both personally as well as when thinking about future employment opportunities. I didn’t only challenge myself to adapt to an unfamiliar work environment, but I have also broadened my career options for after university. The placement team at Sheffield University were really supportive at every stage of the placement. They provided financial help, and have run workshops that will enable me to make the most of my experience in future job applications.


Careers Service

The University's Careers Service offers extensive help to all students and provides a wide-ranging programme of careers-related events each semester.
The good reputation enjoyed by the service means that an extensive network of employer contacts has been built up and many of the top companies come directly to the University of Sheffield when recruiting graduates.

The department also runs careers events where past graduates come back to talk about their careers and pass on their tips for successful job hunting.

Visit our Careers Service