Published: 07 February 2022

Top jobs with an English and creative writing degree

Find out what you could do with a degree in English and creative writing and discover some of the jobs Surrey English and creative writing graduates have secured over the past few years.

"We aim to help you express yourself clearly and effectively and memorably, to provide you with experience developing engaging stories or poems or critical arguments, and to sharpen your analytic skills when it comes engaging with the writing of others."

– Dr Paul Vlitos, Programme Leader for English Literature and Creative Writing

Our courses will encourage you to develop your linguistic and cultural skills through exciting and innovative approaches to learning, as well as giving you the opportunity to study and work abroad. Surrey graduates are highly sought after, with 93 per cent in work or further education 15 months after graduating (Graduate Outcomes report 2021). This was a key factor in Surrey being named University of the Year for Graduate Employment in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.

Should you wish to pursue further study, our courses will provide you with essential knowledge and skills, as well as offering informed support and guidance to assist you in your studies.

Careers with an English and creative writing degree

A degree in English and creative writing equips you with a wide range of transferable skills that will prepare you for many rewarding careers.

Jobs directly related to an English and creative writing degree include:

  • Advertising copywriter
  • Creative director
  • Digital copywriter
  • Editorial assistant
  • Journalist
  • Web content manager.

However, a degree in English and creative writing will also enable you to gain skills that would be highly relevant in other, more unexpected roles. These include:

  • Concept artist
  • Information officer
  • Marketing executive
  • Public relations officer
  • Social media manager
  • Teacher.

"I am currently Head of Marketing for The Stag Magazine, and Assistant Director for the Surrey New Writers’ Festival. Both experiences have taught me new skills and led me to work with some amazing people."

– Leon Lynn, BA English Literature with Creative Writing

English and creative writing graduate jobs

In recent years, our English graduates have secured roles including:

  • Graduate Trainee, Dale Carnegie Training
  • Editorial Assistant, The Handbook
  • Junior Account Executive, Livewire Public Relations
  • Teacher of English, Teach First
  • Editor and Marketing Executive, Warner Group Publications
  • Editorial Assistant, Hachette UK
  • Copywriter, Tesco MPC.

"A Professional Training placement provides such valuable experience which would be difficult to get otherwise. If I had any advice for others considering a placement, it would be to say yes to every opportunity. I’ve definitely developed a huge range of skills, both in my degree and on my placement year, that will make me a valuable asset to a workplace.

– Emma Brine, BA English Literature

​​​​​Discover more about our English and creative writing degrees, our award-winning Professional Training placement scheme and student life at Surrey.

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