Explore career options
School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Your careers team
Based in the Bridgeman Building, Will can support you with:
- Finding and applying for jobs, placements and opportunities. He offers 15 minute Quick Advice careers appointments. (You may be seen by one of our other Careers Consultants)
- Exploring your career options with a 30 minute Careers Consultation.
- Mock interviews to help you prepare via a consultation.
- Personal Best presentations and workshops within departments.
- Workshops on topics such as CVs and interview techniques.
Based in the Bridgeman building, Kate can support you with:
- Finding and applying for jobs, placements and opportunities.
- She has weekly bookable 20 minute appointments both in Bridgeman Building and within your departments that you can book on Careers Online.
- Kate will also send you tailored information to keep you updated with the latest relevant opportunities and events.
Based in The Place in Stewart Mason, Joe can help you with:
- Finding, applying and setting up placements within your department. You can email Joe on AED.email@example.com
Key skills developed during your degree
- Ability to work independently.
- Articulate knowledge and understanding of texts, concepts and theories.
- Command a broad range of vocabulary and critical terminology.
- Convey meaning precisely and pick out the essential points from texts.
- Develop skills in critical reasoning and analysis.
- Develop time management skills, for example, when meeting essay deadlines;
- Effectively convey arguments and opinions and encourage independent and creative thought.
- Gain a good understanding of the uses of information technology and develop a range of IT skills.
- Have tolerance of ambiguity and of others’ opinions.
- Lead and participate in discussions and have confidence in your own opinions.
- Plan and research written and practical work.
- Use judgment when weighing up different options and alternative perspectives.
- Work towards a solution using negotiation skills.
- Work with others when presenting ideas, information and practical work.
Graduate employment sectors related to your degree:
- Advertising copywriter
- Broadcast journalist
- Digital copywriter
- Editorial Assistant
- Magazine journalist
- Marketing executive
- Newspaper journalist
- Primary school teacher
- Public relations officer
- Publishing copy-editor / proofreader
- Secondary school teacher
- Social media manager
Graduates from English degrees often have many transferable skills which can be applicable to a wide variety of jobs and industries, not just those immediately associated with English.
Further study at Loughborough University:
The School of Social Sciences and Humanties offers a portfolio of taught postgraduate programmes that enable intellectual and creative development and foster transferable and marketable skills, enhancing employment possibilities in a range of fields including art, design, writing, publishing, arts administration and curation.
The School of Social Sciences and Humanties also offers an exciting interdisciplinary research environment. Our research students are supported by our expert staff who have a diverse range of research interests and experience. Becoming a postgraduate research student in the School allows you to have the opportunity to work within an informal and friendly environment, whilst also becoming part of an innovative research community.
Further study elsewhere:
Where do graduates go?
What do Loughborough English graduates do?
Destination details for 2018 graduates (under the new Graduate Outcomes survey) is due to be released in Spring 2020.
Six months after graduating in 2017…
- Main activity: 97% of those available were in work or further study (UK students only).
- Graduate level activity: 87% were in professional or managerial employment roles or graduate further study (UK & CI students only).
- Mean salary: £21,068 for full-time graduate level employment (UK & CI students only).
- Industry Sectors (professional level roles): 32% were in Professional, scientific and technical activities, 21% were in Education, 11% were in Administrative and support service activities, 11% were in Arts, entertainment and recreation, 11% were in Information and communication.
- Industry Locations (professional level roles): 39% were working in London, 22% stayed in the East Midlands, 3% were working in the West Midlands, 1% were working in the North West, 1% were working in the South East, 1% were working in Wales and 1% were working in Other EU.
Bloomsbury Professional, Brookstreet Support Services, FDM Group, London Sports, The Mark Allen Group, Oxford University Press, Rolls Royce, Independent Talent, Waitrose.
Roles included – Assistant for Film Agent, Editorial Associate, HR Graduate, Learning Support Assistant, Legal Assistant, Marketing Associate, Media Executive, Social Media Executive, Web Content Author.
Further Study included:
Further Study included - GDL Law, MA in Book Culture, MA English Literary Studies, MA Media and Cultural Analysis, MA in Medieval Studies, MA in Speech and Language Therapy, PGCE Primary Education, PGCE Secondary English, PHD English Language, SCITT Secondary English.
Resources to research career areas
- Creative Choices Careers in Literature - articles, job profiles, industry insights and advice for those interested in a career within literature
- Prospects: what can I do with my English degree? - Research areas such as job options, further education, skills to add to your CV and typical employers for English graduates.
- Target: what can I do with an English degree? - Talks through skills you can gain, job options, and famous people who have English degrees.
- All about Careers - What can I do with an English Degree?
Resources to find experience, placements and graduate jobs
There are a wide range of resources available to you to search for placement, internship and work experience opportunities.
There are many opportunities advertised on Careers Online, the University’s online vacancy system.
Resources related to your degree
- Ad Job Wall
- Creative choices, careers
- The Guardian, arts and heritage jobs
- Arts Council, jobs in the arts sector
- Creative Access
- The Bookseller
- The Dots
- The Stage jobs
- Freelance writing jobs mailing list
- Young Creative Council - Placement Poverty Pledge
- Guardian jobs, media
- Broadcast Graduate
- Mandy, Film & TV Production Resources
- Production Base