Exploring what others have done with similar degrees.
Hear from two of our English graduates and what they are up to now:
Katie Lawrence, Teach First
- Degree: BA (Hons) English Literature (2008)
- Job title: Assessment Centre Officer
- Organisation: Teach First
- Industry: Education / charity
My role involves assessing candidates who wish to join Teach First's Leadership Development Programme, supervising the assessment centres and making hiring decisions. I am also involved in the designing and evaluation of the assessment materials. I attended a talk by Teach First whilst at University and decided it was a programme I wanted to part of. During my final year I applied for a place and started training 10 days after my final exams.Katie Lawrence / Teach First
My first role was to teach in what proved to be a challenging, but rewarding, school. The skills I gained studying English helped hugely throughout my time teaching. Being able to pass on the skills and knowledge from my degree to hundreds of students was beneficial and rewarding. I helped my GCSE class achieve 100% A*- C, up from 40% the previous year, leading me to take up the position of Deputy Head of English at the age of 22.
Emma Sivakumaran, SkyParlour PR + Communications
- Degree: BA (Hons) English Literature (2010)
- Job title: Marketing and Editorial Planner
- Organisation: SkyParlour PR + Communications
- Industry: PR and Communications
Prior to joining SkyParlour I was a full-time student at Manchester University. During this time I worked part-time as a Ground Crew member for Galaxy Radio (now Capital), volunteered as a peer-mentor, student ambassador and student representative, and was on the committee for the Cheerleading, Dance and English and American Literature societies.Emma Sivakumaran / SkyParlour PR + Communications
I also undertook work experience roles working with a documentary production company and an estate agent. Four days after my last exam I joined SkyParlour as an Account Executive. I have since been promoted to Senior Account Executive (March 2012), followed by Marketing and Editorial Planner for the agency (Jan 2013).
It can be interesting and helpful to explore the careers that others with a similar degree to your own have gone into. The following websites provide this kind of information:
- Options with American Studies
- Options with English
- Options with your subject on Prospects
You will find detailed careers information, for all types of job roles, on the careers service website and the Prospects website.