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School of Social Sciences and Humanities
English and Publishing
Your careers team
Careers Network is here to support you by providing information, advice, guidance, events and opportunities to enable you to secure placements, work experience, self-employment and graduate careers.
Working closely with your academic school, our team of experts ensures that every student has access to careers advice. As well as large careers fairs, we hold sector-specific events, involving employers and Loughborough alumni, to help you make valuable connections and secure high-quality placements and graduate roles.
To find out more about what we do and how we can support you, visit Meet the team.
Details of the Placements Officers for your school can be found here.
We look forward to supporting throughout your Loughborough journey.
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
- Commissioning editor
- Digital copywriter
- Editorial assistant
- Human Resources Officer
- Literary Agent
- Magazine features editor
- Magazine journalist
- Marketing executive
- Media planner
- Media researcher
- Newspaper journalist
- Press sub-editor
- Primary school teacher
- Public relations officer
- Publishing copy-editor / proofreader
- Publishing rights manager
- Sales Promotion Account Executive
- Secondary school teacher
- Social media manager
Graduates from creative degrees often have many transferable skills which can be applicable to a wide variety of jobs and industries, not just the creative sector.
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 and Publishing graduates do?
Destination details for 2018 graduates (under the new Graduate Outcomes survey) is due to be released soon.
Six months after graduating in 2017…
For English and Publishing
- Main activity: 97.4% of those available were in work or further study (UK students only).
- Mean salary: £21,068 for full-time graduate level employment (UK 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.
- View Graduate Profiles from this department.
Resources to research career areas
- 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?
- Book Careers
- Creative Skillset - About The Publishing Industry
- Personal Managers' Association
- Publishing Scotland
- The Balance - Book Publishing Jobs and Careers
- The Publishers Association
- The Society of Young Publishers - Getting a Job in Publishing
- The Book Trade Charity - offer financial help for young people looking to looking for jobs in the book trade.
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
- The Guardian, arts and heritage jobs
- Arts Council, jobs in the arts sector
- Creative Access
- LinkedIn Jobs
- The Bookseller
- The Dots
- The Stage jobs
- Freelance writing jobs mailing list
- Young Creative Council - Placement Poverty Pledge
- Guardian jobs, media
- Broadcast Graduate
- LinkedIn Jobs
- Mandy, Film & TV Production Resources
- Production Base
Publishing / the book trade