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Careers and your future with English

Studying English at Brunel is your passport to an exciting variety of professional destinations. 

Five years after graduation, 82% of Brunel English studies graduates are in employment or further study. Those in employment have a median salary 20.6% higher than the rest of the sector (2020-21 figures). 

Brunel English graduates leave with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to succeed in a diverse range of careers – areas like teaching, publishing, journalism and media, social media, marketing, finance, PR, advertising, HR, and the public sector.  

Your English degree will equip you with numerous transferrable skills that are valued highly by employers. These include research and analysis skills; the ability to think and communicate critically, creatively, and confidently; the ability to work independently and as part of a team; goalsetting and time management; project management; and problem solving. 

Employability training is built into each year of our three-year BA degree programme. In year one, you will attend workshops run by professional advisors from Careers and Student Placements. In year two, you will undertake ‘Professional Life’, a compulsory module in which guest speakers, many of them former students, will help you take practical steps towards developing your profile post-graduation, and you will develop your own portfolio of employability materials. In year three, sessions run by Careers and Student Placements will prepare you for the workplace, and the optional module, ‘Creative Careers’ offers seminars run by industry professionals, as well as the possibility of self-sought internships or work experience. Additional support is available throughout your degree, from your personal tutor and the Careers Support team, who offer bespoke 1:1 advice. 

Our four-year degree programme offers the above, but also including a year’s work placement.  

Our graduates leave Brunel with the confidence and quality to achieve success across a range of diverse industries. From award-winning musician Ray BLK, whose love of literature has gone on to inspire her music; to well-known authors, Tara Lyons, Christy Lefteri or Kirsty Capes. Studying English at Brunel means we’ll encourage your independence of thought and originality which often helps push our graduates to do great things. 

Stand out from the graduate crowd