A course in English and history fosters many vital skills in communication and professional practice. Researching and presenting your work involves a high degree of critical thinking and creativity, and you will also learn how to be careful and precise in carrying out analysis of a range of subjects.
You will learn to plan your work, and develop the qualities of self-discipline and self-motivation that are essential to any form of graduate employment. We will help you develop your ability to research and process a large amount of information quickly, and to present the results of your research in an articulate and effective way.
A degree in English and history from The University of Nottingham shows potential employers that you are an intelligent, hard-working individual who is bright and flexible enough to undertake any form of specific career training.
Graduate career destinations
Graduates in English and history, as with many arts graduates, find themselves faced with many choices when it comes to selecting a career. No matter what your initial choice may be, you will find that the skills and knowledge that you have developed during your degree will have equipped you for the demanding and often highly changeable nature of the 21st-century workplace.
Careers of our recent graduates have included:
- TV research
- advertising and marketing
- exhibition managers
- specialist archive and collection work
- communications officers for charities, political organisations, government
- business, banking, accountancy, law and insurance
- social work
- local and central government administration and politics
- primary or secondary school teachers
- teachers of English as a foreign language
- university lecturers
- public relations
- events management
- human resource management
- financial services
Some students may decide that another year (or more) of study may give them an edge when it comes to seeking out a career and may, for example, choose to undertake postgraduate study or begin teacher training.
Careers support and advice
We have a Careers and Employability Service on campus, with a dedicated careers adviser who works with the School of English to deliver an extensive range of careers services. As well as helping students individually, the service also hosts regular group events for English students. The School of English also has a careers advisor who is happy to meet students to talk through their career ideas.
Faculty of Arts Careers Team
The Faculty of Arts careers team have expertise in supporting arts students and graduates, and can assist greatly in the transition to the next stage of your career. The work with the Faculty of Arts to provide careers advice, CV reviews, drop-in sessions, graduate job fairs and help finding the latest vacancies listings.
Average starting salary and career progression
In 2014, 95% of first-degree graduates in the School of English who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £20,420 with the highest being £42,000.*
In 2014, 95% of first-degree graduates in the Department of History who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £22,221 with the highest being £40,000.*
*Known destinations of full-time home and EU first-degree graduates, 2013/14.
The University of Nottingham is the best university in the UK for graduate employment, according to the 2017 The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide.