English graduate destinations

English graduates enter a wide range of jobs in many sectors of employment, utilising the transferable skills developed from their study. These skills often include communication skills, both written and verbal, research skills, the ability to interpret information and pick out essential points from texts, negotiation skills, and excellent organisational and time management skills.

Data obtained from

  • Single and joint honours English and English Literature courses (BA)
  • Graduates from the UK 

Responses were received from 108 UK graduates from 2017/18; this is a response rate of 55.7%


Most important activityPercentage of graduates
Paid work for an employer 59%
Self-employment/freelancing 4%
Running my own business 1%
Developing a creative, artistic or professional portfolio 0%
Voluntary/unpaid work for an employer 3%
Engaged in a course of study, training or research 18%
Taking time out to travel 2%
Caring for someone 2%
Retired 2%
Unemployed and looking for work 5%
Doing something else 6%

Sector information

English graduates from Bristol enter careers within education, the public sector, the media including broadcasting, journalism, publishing, and health and social work. Careers chosen, however, can be as wide ranging as retail, the travel industry, accountancy or marketing, since many careers do not require a specific degree. In fact 70% of jobs are open to graduates of any discipline. These include areas such as Law, IT, Finance and other commercial careers where the wide range of skills developed while studying English at Bristol can be used.

SectorNumber of graduates

Other education


Activities of employment placement agencies


General secondary education


Advertising agencies


Publishing of newspapers

Television programming and broadcasting activities 3
Other qualification 3
Other sectors (26 sectors) 36

Employers and occupations

Examples of employers

  • BBC
  • Sky
  • Bauer Media
  • British Medical Association
  • Penguin Random House
  • Office Angels Ltd

Examples of occupations

  • Teaching Assistant
  • Recruitment Consultant
  • Client Success Executive
  • Technology Business Analyst
  • Brand Executive

Further study

Qualification typePercentage of graduates

Higher degree, mainly by research (e.g. PhD, DPhil, MPhil, MRes)


Higher degree, mainly by taught course (e.g. MA, MSc, MBA)


Postgraduate diploma or certificate (including PGCE/PGDE)


Professional qualification


Undergraduate degree (including integrated master’s degrees) (e.g. BA, BSc, MBChB, MEng)

Other undergraduate diploma or certificate not specified above 0%
Other qualification 0%
Not aiming for a formal qualification 0%

Explore your career options

You can explore specific sectors and career options on the Prospects website: What can I do with my degree?

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