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Career Opportunities

Most students pursue a degree in English and Cultural Studies because they find that they have an interest in literature and culture, a growing facility with language, and a strong aptitude for critical thinking. Many of our graduates go on to professions that demand a proficiency in analysing texts and in communicating ideas, such as publishing, law, journalism, library science and, in particular, teaching. As a basis for either a teaching career or graduate research, our Honours programs have a proven academic reputation. But many English graduates also enter the business world–marketing, public relations, advertising, and employee relations all demand clear, persuasive language–and some even train to become doctors and bond traders.

University degrees in the humanities are designed to foster intellectual growth and develop comprehensive faculties of reasoning and argument. They are not meant to provide narrow vocational training. Your degree is an important asset, but it is only part of your ongoing education; most graduates take further training either before they enter the job market or in the workplace itself. Your eventual choice of career will depend, in part, on the skills and knowledge you acquire at university, but also on your personality, interests and the needs of the marketplace.
The Career Planning and Employment Centre in Gilmour Hall, Room GH110, has a wealth of information on careers for English graduates and provides guidance to help you plan your future.