English – Is It For Me? 

English is a common degree choice for many students, as it is a subject that allows them the freedom of expressing their thoughts and conveying them effectively. The skill of communicating ideas and concepts – by mouth or on paper, is quite a desired one for many employers. English is a subject that gifts you with many qualities that can be widely applied to several job sectors.  

Why A Career in English? 

Graduates who pursue career paths in English are notably interested in language, different types of literature and most often, writing. Many of the jobs they decide to do are related to their subject at least on a small level. English gives you more than just writing skills however, it allows you the chance to think critically with both logic and open-mindedness, which is great for those looking to progress to careers such as law or politics as many English graduates do.  

Who Are Archivists?

Archivists may not be something you’ve heard of before, but they have quite important jobs where they oversee maintaining and preserving historically important materials and documents. An archivist aims to both look after the information as well as allowing access to digital sites.  

These historical documents and materials may be books, photographs, maps, films, videos and other sources of information. People who usually come to an archivist are academics, researchers or even members of the public. It might remind you of being a librarian, but archivists have greater responsibilities of looking after very delicate and old pieces of work.  

Some of these duties may include cataloguing collections, evaluating records, managing information, preserving documents, and managing the appropriate storage for them all. As you can imagine, this role would be more suitable for someone with a degree in English, with great attention to detail and not mind working independently for long periods. Don’t forget that as with any job, you’ll be expected to collaborate with colleagues or liaise with clients! 

Ultimate Earning Potential 

Position in Career  Associated Salary (UK)  
Entry Level To begin your career as an archivist, you’ll need to have a degree in English or a relevant subject, like law, history or classics, as well as a postgraduate formal qualification that is accredited by the Archives & Records Association (ARA). £20,931 
Experienced  Archivists who are experienced nearly always have a postgraduate, though the competition is very tough. Most of these take about nine months to complete, which is the minimum requirement to be a qualified archivist. Also, as for many jobs, work experience in this career path is essential. £28,256 – £33,488 
Senior Management  Archivists in senior or managerial positions often have greater responsibility and duties to manage than ordinary archivists. You can reach this position after several years of working and gaining experience since that’s the only way to progress further in your career as an archivist.  £41,861 – £57,560 

Top 10 Employers 

  1. Lewisham Council 
  1. Southbank Centre 
  1. Bevan Brittan 
  1. Kingston University 
  1. Royal Holloway University of London 
  1. Horniman Museum and Gardens 
  1. The National Archives 
  1. Adecco UK 
  1. Barnett Waddingham 
  1. The Photographers Gallery  


When it comes to creative subjects like English, many people struggle with visualising a clear, straight career path for themselves, and are uncertain due to this lack of confidence and understanding. In fact, this should be something to celebrate as with no clear line, it means that you get to choose what path to follow – or even make your own! As an English graduate, many doors will be open for you, even if you can’t see all of them. Many top employers are looking for enthusiastic people who are willing to give their all to a role, and able to put in the hard work and effort. More importantly, previous experience will make you stand out amongst the other candidates.

In conclusion, there are many different career pathways you can take as an English graduate, and there are many more that you might not have heard of, let alone considered. These career profiles give you a sense of what careers are on offer, but it’s up to you to investigate further and decide which one is for you. While how to progress in each career path has been stated, it’s always important to remember that there is more than one route to acquiring a job. Make sure you don’t feel restricted to only one method, as employers and the employment sector are open-minded to other means. This is especially true for university degrees; when picking your subject, it can be hard to see how you can do jobs outside the obvious ones directly related to your degree. So even if you find yourself thinking you’re not sure what to do with your English degree, don’t forget that the answer is almost anything!   

If you are considering studying abroad why don’t you discuss your prospects and opportunities with experts at Lurnable’s dedicated study abroad counselling division LurnPathways?

If you are considering studying abroad why don’t you discuss your prospects and opportunities with experts at Lurnable’s dedicated study abroad counselling division LurnPathways?

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