The ability to access and communicate language is as essential as the ability to analyse and interpret data.
Today's workplace demands a trained, disciplined, flexible mind. The study of English Literature 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.
Skills that the study of English Literature develops
- Communication - to understand and communicate complex ideas and information through written work and oral presentations
- Critical thinking - the ability to think in the abstract, to think laterally and approach problems with an open mind
- Writing and Editing
- Analysis and evaluation
Where English Literature 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:
- Public sector
- Policy Analysis
- Ministerial writers
- Business/financial sector
- Human resources
- Education sector
- Library and information management
- Public relations
- Media,online content and publishing
- Theatre, film and media
- Professional writing
- Creative industries
- Museums and art galleries
For more information about career possibilities with a degree in English Literature see English Career View and the School of English, Film, Theatre and Media Studies.