What Can You Do With An English Literature Degree?
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What Can You Do With An English Literature Degree?

Ellie-Rose Baker February 5, 2023

Many people are still under the assumption that all English Literature graduates will do is teach. However, this isn’t the case.

Of course, teaching is a very viable option. There are many ways that a literature degree can be used to pursue a teaching career: primary, secondary, further or higher education. Utilising and sharing your passion for the subject is the goal, right?

Having said this, with a literature degree, it’s less about what the ‘literature’ part can do for you, and more about how the skills you’ve acquired during your degree can help.

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As a literature student, you will be no stranger to the hell that is referencing. Although you were dragged through the last part of every assignment kicking and screaming, you might not realise how useful referencing can be in future employment. From organisational skills to IT skills to an unnerving perfectionism, all those late nights spent referencing might not have been fruitless, after all!

  • Archiving
  • Museum Curator
  • Project Administration/Management
  • Library Assistant

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As opposed to a creative writing degree, in which most of your time would be spent writing, as a literature student you will have spent three years researching others’ work. This will provide you with a skill set that sees you drawing connection from different points for business gain, or being able to apply research from niche subject matters.

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Although there is a lot of reading in a literature degree, it is undeniable how much writing there is. With an increasing number of careers emerging from social media, brands are searching for content creators all of the time, so this might be the perfect position for you. Other reading/writing-heavy jobs include:

  • Author
  • Blogger
  • Journalist
  • Publishing

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Ellie-Rose Baker, alumni of the University of South Wales, is an almost adult, tackling the big wide world with an English and Creative Writing degree in one hand, and a cuppa in the other. A Freelance Journalist for Freshered, Ellie-Rose's primary focus' are navigating postgraduate life, climate change and literature. She also takes her writing inspiration from her other roles which include theatre ushering and English teaching.