Career Prospects

In the School of the Arts we take your future seriously. It is our responsibility to equip students with the skills they need to be a success in the workplace. Employability is not an afterthought, but a central theme of our teaching, embedded in the curriculum.

A degree in English from the University of Liverpool will qualify you for life and work. After reading English with us you can be confident that you:

  • can construct a cogent argument or account, drawing pertinently upon a range of types of evidence;
  • are capable of independent critical thinking and judgement, including sophisticated conceptual, analytic and communication skills of value in graduate employment;
  • are able to work with and in relation to others, to gather, sift and organise material independently and critically, and to evaluate its significance;
  • have well-developed IT skills, and familiarity with the use and evaluation of electronic resources;
  • have well-developed time management and organisational skills as well as advanced literacy and communication skills;
  • are competent in the planning and execution of essays, presentations, and other writing and project-work; and have developed the potential to utilise all of these skills in appropriate ways in your subsequent career.

We work closely with the university’s award winning Careers & Employability Service to offer a 30 credit, year-long module (SOTA300) which incorporates placement with a local company, group or institution related to your subject, providing practical/vocational experience.

Our graduates leave to take up a very wide range of careers. A number take up jobs in journalism, broadcasting, or advertising; some begin as management trainees in a variety of businesses; others start their careers in retailing, computing, librarianship, the arts or the Civil Service. Many go on to train further as teachers, or as solicitors or accountants; some pursue careers in teaching English as a foreign language.