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Careers and employability

An English degree will help you develop a range of highly transferable skills that are valued by employers.

Did you know?

94% of University of Manchester graduates are working or studying after six months.

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey - 2016

These include:

  • Advanced literary and communication skills
  • Critical reasoning and analysis
  • Writing for project based work
  • Independent thought and judgement
  • Time management
  • Leading and participating in discussions
  • Tolerance of ambiguity and other opinions
  • Conveying meaning concisely and picking out essential points from texts

As a student of The University of Manchester you will have many opportunities to develop additional skills by getting involved with a student society, sport and voluntary work.

Choosing a career

It is estimated that approximately two thirds of graduate level careers are open to students and graduates of any degree subject. That’s because employers recognise the value of the transferable skills gained from both your course and activities done in your own time.

Career choice is a very personal thing and on the careers service website you’ll find exercises and questionnaires to help you assess your interests and motivation. Making time to do these will generate ideas that you can explore in more detail.

Doing an English Literature degree at The University of Manchester changed my life – personally, intellectually, and professionally. This might seem fairly obvious coming from someone who went on to do a PhD, but I’m still in touch with course mates who would say much the same thing: they’re now developing careers in industries like advertising, journalism, and law, using the broad skill set that this course gives you.

The degree is extremely varied, in that students are presented with a wealth of study options: free-choice units include the likes of film, philosophy, or a foreign language. Put all of that together with the chance to live in a city as interesting and lively as Manchester – I’m very glad that I chose to come here, and I don’t plan on leaving any time soon.

John Roache / BA (Hons) English Literature / MA Creative Writing / PhD English