The English degree and graduate careers

Williams, Ruth; Brennan, John and Blaskó, Zsuzska (2003). The English degree and graduate careers. Learning and Support Network Report series 2; LTSN English Subject Centre, London, UK.


This report provides English departments with information about the employment patterns and prospects of their graduates and suggests ways in which these might be enhanced.

The report uses data gathered on English graduates three to four years after graduating. It shows that English graduates do take about four years to ‘find their feet’ on the career ladder, and that they do well in finding a job relevant to their qualification level compared to graduates in English-related fields or History.

The report also examines how the skills of the English graduate are profiled by departments, by the English Benchmarking Statement, and by graduates themselves. These are compared to other disciplines to give some indication of the ‘strengths’ and ‘weaknesses’ of the English graduate.

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