Graduate profiles

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
Katie Lawrence

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.

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.

Katie Lawrence / Teach First

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
Emma Sivakumaran

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.

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).

Emma Sivakumaran / SkyParlour PR + Communications

Further information

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You will find detailed careers information, for all types of job roles, on the careers service website and the Prospects website.