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 as well as to present and communicate 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 dedicated School of English support. The service works with students individually and in groups to deliver an extensive range of services such as:
- careers advice
- CV reviews
- drop-in sessions
- graduate job fairs
- help finding the latest vacancies listings.
Average starting salary and career progression
In 2016, 93.2% of undergraduates in the School of Humanities who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation. The average starting salary was £20,205 with the highest being £38,000.*
In 2016, 92.2% of undergraduates 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 £19,061 with the highest being £28,000.*
*Known destinations of full-time home undergraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.