6 Jobs You Can Do With Your English Degree

By October 24, 2017For Talent

”Don’t do an English degree, you’ll never get a job.” How many times have you heard this phrase muttered when you’ve told people what you’re studying?

Well, think again. Your English degree can actually set you up for a very successful career in lots of different fields. Don’t believe us? Here’s the proof.


1. Copywriter

What do they do?

Copywriters produce content for websites and printed publications. Copywriters can be employed by an organisation or work as a freelance. Their job is to engage the reader and motivate them to do something like buying a product or a service. They are also known as content creators.


  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure and to strict deadlines.
  • Attention to detail.


2. Public Relations

What do they do?

People who work in Public Relations (PR) are tasked with creating a positive reputation for companies and organisations. They need to be interested in the world around them and be able to think on their feet. Successful PRs build long-lasting relationships with the media and are comfortable working under pressure. Most importantly it requires excellent communication skills which makes it a good fit for English graduates.



  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Drive and ambition.
  • Creativity and imagination.

3. Journalism

Journalism isn’t as glamorous as some people imagine. Today’s journalists need to be organised, proactive, and determined to succeed. Journalists can work for an array of publications both online and in print gathering news stories, interviewing sources, and writing features. While you do not need a specific journalism degree to work in the media it helps if you can gain some work experience in the field.


  • Research skills.
  • Storytelling.
  • Excellent grammar.


4. Advertising Sales Representative

Advertising sales representatives sell space in online and print publications as well as time on TV and radio broadcasts. A lot of employers will provide sales training on the job but they will expect you to have excellent written and verbal skills which make English graduates ideal candidates.


  • Communication skills.
  • Ability to build relationships.
  • Persuasive manner.


5. Marketing Manager

Marketing Managers are responsible for companies’ marketing strategies. They need to find markets and figure out the best ways to reach potential customers. Although you can do a stand-alone degree in marketing many employers value the skills that an English course gives you. However, work experience will be key to finding a job.



  • Analytical knowledge.
  • Good writing skills.
  • Team player.


6. Charity fundraising

Not all charity fundraising is done with a bucket in the street. High profile charity fundraising involves bringing in large-scale donations for worthwhile causes. Charity fundraisers can work for trusts, foundations, wealthy individuals or private companies. The communication and writing skills that you learn during your English degree will provide you with a great foundation.



  • Ability to build relationships.
  • Good presentation skills.
  • Strong writing capabilities.



Author Alice Murray

Alice Murray is a Content Creator at Jobbio with a passion for Employer Branding and Graduate Culture. She's a keen traveller and a self-proclaimed lazy runner.

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