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Career opportunities for English graduates

An English degree from Warwick will equip you with a broad set of skills – writing, argument, critical analysis and debate, independence of thought and creativity – which are highly valued in many employment sectors.

Recent employment secured by our English graduates includes jobs in theatre marketing, copywriting, TV documentary research, journalism, advertising and teaching.

Helping you find the right career

Our department has a dedicated careers consultant to help you boost your employability and prepare for a career. There are workshops and events throughout the year. Examples from 2012/13 include:

  • What to do with your degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies.
  • Working in the radio and TV sector.
  • Working in the publishing sector.
  • Warwick careers fairs throughout the year.
  • The Society of Young Publishers events with industry speakers, for students who want to break into publishing.

What skills do our English students graduate with?

Through your course and extra-curricular activities you will develop the high-level skills employers seek, including:

  • Advanced literacy and communication skills with the ability to apply these skills in appropriate contexts.
  • Ability to present persuasive written and oral arguments cogently and coherently.
  • Capacity to analyse and critically examine information.
  • Ability to process complex information in a structured and systematic way.
  • Capacity for independent thought and judgement – critical reasoning skills.
  • Ability to understand, interrogate and apply a variety of theoretical positions and weigh the importance of different perspectives.

Where are our alumni now?

Tim Leach

Tim is a historical fiction writer, author of The Last King of Lydia and The King and the Slave.


Ben Cottam

Ben is a writer, currently writing a second comedy series as well as a new drama series for Radio 4. He is also a regular contributor of sketches to a variety of BBC3, ITV1 and E4 shows and pilots.

Lucy McCann

Lucy is a Resident Director, having freelanced as a youth theatre director, assistant director and BBC Steward. She’s previously worked at the Oxford Playhouse and Magdalen College School.