English and Creative Writing

In your English and/or Creative Writing degree you will have developed a wide range of skills that will be useful in a number of work settings. The information below gives some suggestions to help you identify a career direction.

Popular career options

Some of the most common areas that graduates of English and/ or Creative Writing are attracted to include:

  • Administration
  • Advertising, PR and marketing
  • Creative writing including script writing, poetry, novels, film reviews etc 
  • Culture, arts and heritage  
  • Journalism
  • Publishing
  • Social welfare, advice and guidance 
  • Teaching

Visit Prospects which provides a list of typical options with English. 

What past students have done 

Some of the jobs that English and Creative Writing graduates from this university were in, 6 months after graduating, include:

  • College Lecturer
  • Adviser to Armed Forces Veterans
  • Administrator for a housing trust  
  • Clerical Worker for a bank
  • Marketing Assistant for an IT training company
  • Store Manager of a stationery shop
  • Self employed PR Consultant
  • Call Operator in a call centre
  • Community Support Social Worker
  • Training Manager within retail
  • Press Officer for the Police
  • Youth Worker

More information about career options

You may find our downloadable guides useful which provide information about where you could work, roles, improving your employability and job hunting.

Also see the occupational profiles on Prospects or the National Careers Service for more options and information. 

Mapping out a career direction

As you have chosen an academic degree that could lead to multiple career options, you will need to analyse carefully your own skills, values and interests and compare these with job options to identify career areas that might suit you.

You will also need to think about how you will convey your skills and abilities to employers in the career areas you identify and consider what else you need to do to boost your employability. This might mean undertaking further study, work experience or voluntary work.  

Identifying your skills

As a graduate in English it is likely that you have developed the ability to:

  • Think analytically, logically and critically
  • Write for different target audiences
  • Identify underpinning themes and ideas when analysing text and in verbal discussions
  • Articulate arguments and ideas in written form and verbally 

These are skills that all employers value, regardless of sector.

More detail about the skills you have gained is available via:

Further help with career choices  

  • See After English - a site helping English graduates to review their skills, interests and values and to plan their next steps after university.