With 93% of our graduates employed or in further study within six months of graduating (DLHE 2017), we take your future employability very seriously.
Testament to this is that as well as high employment, we have the seventh highest earning English graduates in the UK (Longitudinal Education Outcomes, median earnings after five years).
Our English graduates are equipped with the wide knowledge and practical skills required to enter an extremely competitive job market.
A degree in English trains the mind and feeds the imagination; it provides a range of transferable skills, including oral and written presentation skills, time management, and the ability to work independently, which are valued by employers. It also leaves your options open. Our graduates find jobs in fields from accountancy and banking to law, the media and the theatre. Many go on to further degrees in literature and other fields.
Graduates are working for BT, Opera North, the Ministry of Justice, Lutterworth Press, DAS Omnicom, Hachette UK, Goldman Sachs and Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi, among other organisations.
Many Creative Writing students have gone on to critical success; from publishing novels and collections of poetry, to nominations and winning recognised literary awards. Recent graduates include prizewinning novelists Tahmima Anam, Sarah Perry, Jenni Fagan, Barney Norris and Liza Klaussman, Declan Ryan (Faber Young Poet), and internationally published poets Sophie Robinson and Jennie Cole.
The Department of English works in partnership with Royal Holloway's dedicated Careers Service to help you enhance your employability and prepare for the choices ahead.
English students are offered tailored opportunities across the year such as a part-time jobs fair, a wide variety of skills workshops, online sector-specific resources; plus a new series of relevant themed careers weeks including ‘Charities Week’, ‘Finance Week’ and ‘Creative Careers’.
Activities and informal coaching are offered as part of our curriculum as well as through the Careers Service.
First and second year students have the opportunity to expand their horizons and gain valuable personal experience by completing a year of study abroad at one of the University's partner institutions in Oceania, East Asia, or North America through Royal Holloway's International Exchange programme. In addition to all the benefits that come with broadening your perspective and world view, studying abroad experience is a way to demonstrate your willingness to take on new challenges and ability to adapt to new environments to future employers and graduate admissions boards.
Admission into this programme is competitive. Please visit the University's International Exchange page for more details, including requirements, eligibility, deadlines, and how to apply.