English graduate destinations

English graduates enter a wide range of jobs in many sectors of employment, utilising the transferable skills developed from their study. These skills often include communication skills, both written and verbal, research skills, the ability to interpret information and pick out essential points from texts, negotiation skills, and excellent organisational and time management skills.

Data obtained from

  • Single and joint honours English and English Literature courses (BA)
  • Graduates from the UK 

Responses were received from 149 UK graduates from 2016/17; this is a response rate of 68%

Sector information

English graduates from Bristol enter careers within education, the public sector, the media including broadcasting, journalism, publishing, and health and social work. Careers chosen, however, can be as wide ranging as retail, the travel industry, accountancy or marketing, since many careers do not require a specific degree. In fact 70% of jobs are open to graduates of any discipline. These include areas such as Law, IT, Finance and other commercial careers where the wide range of skills developed while studying English at Bristol can be used.

Employers and occupations

Examples of employers

  • IOP Publishing
  • Crest Communications
  • Penguin Random House
  • Teach First
  • PwC

Examples of occupations

  • Editorial Assistant
  • Account Executive
  • Editorial Assistant
  • HR Assistant
  • Teacher

Further study

Graduates from 2016/17 entered a wide variety of further study options in the six months after graduation.

The majority started taught postgraduate courses such as English Literature (MA), Law (MA), Magazine Journalism (MA) and Film and Television (MA), with others opting for a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) or the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL).

Explore your career options

You can explore specific sectors and career options on the Prospects website: What can I do with my degree?

Information request

If you need more information about our graduate destinations please fill out our information request form.

Connect with alumni

Use Bristol Connects and LinkedIn to find out what others from your course are doing now and how they can help you.

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