What to do with your degree in English or Communication & Media Justin Richardson HE Careers Adviser
Did you know…….? • Many employers complain that science and technology graduates lack the skill they most value i.e. communication skills
Skills your course offers Employers • Analytical skills and critical reasoning • Construct sound arguments and understand different points of view • Written and verbal Communication skills • Leading and participating in discussions • New and creative ideas and ways of thinking • Commercial awareness • Project management • IT skills • Planning and Research skills • a broad commercial and cultural awareness of the media and creative industries;
Where else can you offer skills employers want? • Work experience • Part time job • Volunteering • Student Societies • Work abroad • Extra-curricular and spare time activities
Careers where your degree is useful • Education • Public Relations • Marketing • Law • Journalism & Broadcasting • Government • Consultancy • Human Resources • Community Work • Politics • Publishing • Advertising • Arts and Culture Sector • Information services • Recruitment “60% of graduate jobs advertised don’t require a specific degree”
Case Study: University of Liverpool Marketing and Communications
Destinations for UoL English and Communication & Media 2015 Graduate Level Destination ?
Examples of Graduate Destinations of University of Liverpool English or Comms& Media Graduates 2014/15 • BBC Freelance Broadcast Assistant • Camp and Furnace Production Manager • The Hut Group Digital Marketing Assistant Content Marketing Executive • University of Liverpool Marketing Administrative Assistant • Venn Group Recruitment Consultant • Women's Aid English Tutor • Getting Personal Junior Copywriter • CollabcoMarketing Manager • MC2 Graduate PR Account Executive • Charles Maxwell Events Assistant • Active TT Schooling Head of English • Matches Fashion Ltd Features Intern • AKA Promotions Brand Partnerships Assistant • Taylor and Francis Group Editorial Assistant • Liverpool University Journals Publishing Assistant • Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse Assistant Producer
Further Study 2014 / 2015 • MA Fashion Promotion • Graduate Diploma in Law • NCTJ Journalism • PGCE Primary Education • PGCE Secondary English • MA Comparative Literature • MA Intelligence and International Security • MSc Digital Entertainment • MA Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages • MA International Media Policy • Musical Theatre • MSc Real Estate Economics & Finance • MA Film Studies
Further information from the data • Only 19.0% felt their qualification was a requirement of the job. However, 33.6% said although it wasn’t a formal requirement it did give them an advantage. • 87.5% worked in the private sector. 12.8% worked in the public or 3rd sector. • 16.4% had already worked there. • 31.0% got their job through personal contacts or networking. • 43.1% got jobs with small companies (less than 50 employees).
Our Graduates Natasha Television and documentary producer. Hannah Campaign and artist manager for Ministry of Sound Emma Was involved with HSBC Graduate Scheme. Initially gained a summer internship with them. Daniel On Teach First graduate scheme.
So what do the destinations tell us... • There is no ‘typical’ career path for a graduate in English or Communication & Media • Many graduates go into a career which is not directly related to the first degree they studied • Graduates apply their skills and knowledge to a wide and diverse range of careers • The options are many and varied
Other useful websites for exploring careers • https://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles • www.careerplayer.com • Try www.prospects.ac.uk/links/pplanner or http://targetjobs.co.uk/careers-report • Look at options with my degree http://www.prospects.ac.uk/options_with_your_subject.htm
Tips for Securing the Job You Really Want! • Get to know yourself – your skills and interests • Investigate what jobs are out there. • Develop work experience. • Widen your networks. • Do your research – the job, the company, the industry • Speak to people doing the job you want to do. • Quality not quantity! • Use the help that is out there.
CAREERS AND EMPLOYABILITY SERVICE 1st Floor, Student Services Centre Open Mon-Fri all year:- Careers Resource Centre 10am-4.30pm Drop-in Interviews (15 mins) 12.30am-3.45pm Long Interviews (40 mins) by appointment Visit our website for more information: www.liv.ac.uk/careers