What are the Career Prospects When You Hold an English Degree?

English, the subject, has been popular with those who love to read or have a flair for writing. Counted among the most promising courses, this one witnessesmassive enrolment every year. The reason is simple – the scope of a bright potential career ahead lies open soon after the culmination of the course.

Today, the shackles of the mainstream have been broken. English no longer leads to just teaching jobs.It has created the leeway to various other fields as well. Let’s discuss what’s store in future for an aspirant of the subject.

Participating in the traditional faculty circuit:

Conventions, when propitious, shouldn’t be tossed aside. This is why the English fraternity has upheld the age-old tradition of white-collar teaching jobs. This is especially hopeful for those who are irrevocably in love with the subject.

For them, here are the designations that sound good:

  • Professor
  • Assistant professor
  • Lecturer
  • Guest lecturer
  • Higher Secondary school teacher
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Primary school teacher

Furthering the tradition of teaching beyond borders:

You move to a country where English is not the first language. You hold a degree in the subject. You automatically turn into the people’s hero. You know, you could impart your knowledge to those who wish to learn it for leisure or business reasons, or those who are immigrants and refugees.

Your designation could be that of:

  • EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teacher
  • ESOL (English forSpeakers of Other Languages) teacher
  • ESL / EAL (English as a Second Language / English as an Additional Language)teacher

Interested in Lexicography?

This is a lesser opted career choice but is very promising. A Lexicographer is the one who writes, edits, and compiles dictionaries. The professional can do it for offline as well as online publication. The dictionary can be about anything, including English for beginners, native speakers, technical aspects, law, bilinguals, and more.

Your designations could be as follows:

  • Practical lexicographer
  • Theoreticallexicographer

How about becoming a Writer?

Presently, nothing is more glamorous a profession in the field of English as that of writing. Look around you – the world is brimming with writers - classic, rookies, and those much talked about youth icons. If you have a creative mind and hold a degree in the subject, this role is definitely for you. You could work full-time or even freelance.

Here are the possibilities:

  • Poetry
  • Short story writing (fiction and non-fiction)
  • Novel writing (fiction and non-fiction)
  • Scriptwriting
  • Writing for screen and radio
  • Internet content writing (digital marketing)
  • Technical writing
  • Academic writing
  • Writing for newspaper and magazines
  • Blogging (especially travel, lifestyle, and fashion)

Journalism as a career path after graduating in English:

If you possess excellent communication skills, journalism is the right profession for you post graduation. It would require extensive research, writing, and interviews on everything ranging from sports to politics, business to movies, and science to art. Needless to say, you have to be creative and on your toes all the time. It’s an interesting job prospect and highly rewarding.

Here are the designations you can work towards:

  • Newspaper journalist
  • Magazine journalist
  • Digital journalist

Would you like to work as an Editorial Assistant?

You could manage a job with a publication house and assist them in all stages of publications. Your role will ask you to work on journals, magazines, books, online content, and publicity materials. This is an interesting prospect and covers responsibilities like planning, producing, and commissioning publications.

Your role as an editorial assistant could be that of:

  • Proofreader
  • Writer
  • Collator
  • Editor
  • Liaiser

What do you do with a degree in Linguistics and Phonetics?

Say, you have a degree in Linguistics and Phonetics, but don’t want to pursue a run-of-the-mill teaching job. What do you do then? Recheck your knowledge. Through your degree in Linguistics, you have been bestowed with organisational and analytical skills. You can analyse any linguistic data irrespective of the language to which it belongs. And by dint of your know-how in Phonetics, you have the skill to study the sound of languages.

The knowledge can be applied to the following fields:

  • Speech therapy
  • Speech pathology
  • Pronunciation linguist
  • Teaching a foreign language
  • Voice-Accent Training
  • Translation and interpretation
  • Bilingual education
  • Foreign business consulting (import and export)
  • Consulting in specific areas of the law (especially in immigration law regarding international business)
  • Jobs in the BPO line of business
  • Travel desk manager in hotels with international ties
  • Internationally-oriented government jobs and foreign services
  • Internationally-oriented niches of the entertainment industry

A career as a full-time Copywriter:

Full of creativity? The world of advertisement needs you. As a copywriter, you would have to work in close association with an art director and be part of a creative department of some media agency. Your work would be to develop content which can attract viewers and translate into the business’s profit.

The job would demand you to create catchphrases, straplines, witty one-liners, messages, and slogans. Your creation will go on to be added in various offline and online advertisements, including printed leaflets, adverts, radio scripts, ads, and jingle. You would also be actively involved in something called 'branding'.

A career as a Librarian

If you take up this job, you will be in charge of managing, organising, evaluating, and imparting information to a community of academic members. Your role will demand you to interact with students and faculty members directly.

You will also have to play an active role in academic operations like resource ordering, specialist collections, library projects, and loans. You might also need to assist researchers with literature research pertaining to offline printed sources and online digital sources.

A Government job on your mind?

Like we discussed earlier, English is a promising subject. It introduces you to job opportunities in all the layers of our country’s government. Here are some fields:

  • Centraland State Government jobs in teaching (you need to clear exams like CSIR (NET), SET, SSC, and UPSC), Civil Services (e.g. IAS, WBCS etc.), Defense services, Police force, Traffic force, Agriculture, Transportation, Government-funded private investigation (you need to near the entrance exam held by the Public Service Commission)
  • Jobs in the railway department(you need to clear entrance exams held by the Railway Recruitment Board).

More prospects to ponder:

This apart, you could also bag a job in the following fields:

  • Public Relations
  • Jobs in the BPO and KPO sector
  • Language translators and interpreters
  • Voiceover artist
  • English speaking course
  • Tourism administration
  • Civil services, and more

The options seem never ending. Indeed, English is a subject that’s full of career promises.That it holds strong grounds for hope is beyond the shadow of a doubt.

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