Careers and Entrepreneurship


Find out what you can do with your English degree and what other Sussex graduates have done

Explore your options

Use your degree to get you started. Look at career areas that might fit with what you are studying. Find out about the job roles available, the entry routes and how to gain experience:

Film & TV - Journalism - Marketing, Advertising & PR - Publishing - Libraries & Archives - Teaching and Education

Most graduate opportunities are open to graduates from any degree discipline. If you want to look at business, finance, public service or another career area, try looking at our sector guides for information and inspiration.

What do Sussex English graduates do?

Find out what previous Sussex English graduates went on to do.

15 months after graduating in 2019, 84% of respondents from English were in work or further study. 79% of those in work were in graduate jobs. Here are some examples of job roles, employers and further study that English graduates have gone on to do over the last few years:

Employers: PHD Worldwide - WileyTaylor & Francis - Equal Rights Trust - Brighton Gin - Iris Connect - Whitechapel Gallery - Planit - Digity

Job roles: Editorial Assistant - Marketing ExecutiveRunner - Account Executive - PR/Communications Officer - Social Media Manager - Project Support Officer

Further study: MA Creative and Critical Writing (Sussex) - MA Literature, Culture and Theory (Sussex) - MA Art History and Museum Curating (Sussex) - MA Journalism and Documentary Practice  (Sussex) - MSc International Management (Sussex) - MA Promotional Media: Advertising, Marketing and PR (Goldsmiths) - Graduate Diploma in Law (Sussex)

More ideas

  • Your degree in English - an in-depth look at relevant job options, career areas and further study, from Graduate Prospects
  • After English - lots of career planning ideas for English graduates, from the HEA English Subject Centre
  • What Our Graduates Do - find out what Sussex English Schoolgraduates have done (ITS login required)
  • Sussex Connectmake connections with Sussex graduates from around the world. Find out what a job or sector is really like and how they got where they are today
  • University of Sussex Students & Alumni on Linkedin - search Sussex alumni by location, employer, sector, degree subject and skills. Really useful for getting ideas and making contacts (Linkedin login required)
  • Networking and social media - look at different ways to network, from information interviews to social media
  • Further Study - postgraduate study in drama studies or another subject

Build your experience

Building experience while you are at Sussex will be invaluable when you come to apply for graduate jobs. It can also help you to figure out what you like doing and what sort of things you are good at. Part-time work, insight days, summer internships and placements are a great way to start.You could also try volunteering or joining a student society.

If you want to get into the arts sector or publishing, think about taking a proactive approach. Contact companies directly. Use the links listed on the internships and experience section of our Publishing sector guide, for example, which includes Brighton-based publishers. Make speculative approaches. This is how many people get into the sector. Look for graduate internships in theatres and production companies.

When writing your CV and covering letter, don't forget about the transferable skills you are developing on your course. Just a few skills you will get from English include critical assessment, written communication, independent thinking, motivation, problem solving and self awareness.

Find out more about identifying and writing about your skills.

Finding opportunities