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Why Study English?
The question, "What are you going to do with it?" is often asked of students and graduates of English. The study of medicine, accountancy and architecture can readily be associated with specific careers, but English... where can it lead? Its connection with the world of jobs and "real life" may be unclear. Today's workplace demands a trained, disciplined, flexible mind. The study of English literature and language gives this, together with two of the most highly prized skills in a world that is full of words - the abilities to read perceptively and to write purposefully and persuasively.
What skills does the study of English teach?
Where do English graduates work?
While some graduates work directly in literature and language, by teaching English or entering the publishing field, career opportunities are diverse and include:
Further information about English can be found in the English Career View (712KB PDF)
See also the English department website.
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