Career Prospects

Career Prospects

In the most recent Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey (2016-17), the University of Liverpool topped the Russell Group* for graduate employability amongst UK full-time first degree graduates.

Here in the Department of English, we acknowledge the part we have to play in preparing you for your future career, and seek to equip you with the skills you need to be a success in the workplace through our curriculum.

As a student of English, you will develop the skills to:

  • construct a cogent argument or account, drawing pertinently upon a range of types of evidence;
  • undertake independent critical thinking and judgement, including sophisticated conceptual, analytic and communication skills of value in graduate employment;
  • work with and in relation to others, to gather, sift and organise material independently and critically, and to evaluate its significance;
  • use and evaluate electronic resources with competency and confidence, through well-developed IT abilities;
  • manage your time and organise your workload effectively, and possess advanced literacy and communication skills;
  • competently plan and execute essays, presentations, and other writing and project-work, developing the potential to implement these abilities in appropriate ways in your subsequent career.

Graduate Destinations

Six months after graduating in July 2017, 95.8% of UK English graduates were in work and/or further study. This breaks down as:

  • 66.7% in work
  • 24.0% in further study
  • 5.2% working and studying
  • 1.0% unemployed/due to start work
  • 3.1% other

Typical areas of employment included media, publishing and creative writing; social media, marketing and events; and project management. Historically, our graduates have progressed to careers in a vast range of areas, including journalism, broadcasting, advertising, management, teaching, retail, computing, librarianship, the arts and the Civil Service, with some also having trained as solicitors or accountants.

(Source: Destination of Leavers from Higher Education report, 2016-17). 

Work Experience

In conjunction with the University’s Careers and Employability Service, the School of the Arts offers a 30 credit, year-long module (SOTA300) which incorporates a work placement with a local company, group or institution related to your subject, providing practical/vocational experience. A School Employability Support Award is also available to help with the costs of undertaking a work experience opportunity or other activity that will enhance employability.

Other opportunities can be sought through the Guild’s student media, which include the student newspaper, The Sphinx; Ellipsis, the arts and culture magazine; and student radio station LSRadio.

Recent employers include:

  • BBC
  • Debenhams
  • Euro RSCGWNEK Gosper
  • Griffiths and Armour
  • UK Border Agency
  • Home Office
  • Littlewoods
  • Macmillan Publishers
  • The JET Scheme
  • Virgin One
  • Waterstones
  • Wiley-Blackwell 

Liverpool tops Russell Group for Graduate Employability 

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Ezra Pound