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Studying for a degree in English will allow you to develop many transferable skills, suitable for a wide range of careers.

I feel confident that York will open many doors for me.

Arianna, English

The majority of graduate jobs do not require you to have studied a specific subject, so if you want to do anything from finance to youth work, a degree in English can set you on the right path.

Students find that the communications skills and critical thinking developed by studying English at York have helped them to go further in their chosen careers. There are of course some industries which require specialist knowledge, and if you are hoping to work within creative industries such as publishing or teaching, then an English degree can be an excellent basis to start from.

What next?

Over a third of our graduates go on either to higher degrees or to further training in such areas as teaching, journalism, librarianship, law and drama.

Other career opportunities include arts administration, publishing, management, public relations, accountancy and social work. York English graduates have also established flourishing careers in theatre, film or broadcasting. Some have become successful novelists, playwrights, and poets.

Careers Service

On top of my degree I have been involved in activities such as volunteering with The Children's Society, studying Russian, studying abroad in Switzerland and being an editor on York's law journal.

Steve, English

The University's Careers Service, in conjunction with the Department's Careers Officer, provides a range of resources, events, and support services to help you develop your skills and experience.

You can take advantage of local opportunities for volunteering, internship or entrepreneurship.


English students having a discussion in a seminar.

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What jobs do English graduates do?

  • Read more in our Alumni section about what some of our graduates did next