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BA English Literature and French / Careers

Year of entry: 2021

Career opportunities

Our English Literature courses are designed to train your imagination and critical and creative thinking capabilities while also developing your research, time management and communication skills.

You'll leave Manchester with the transferable skills needed to succeed in a wide variety of roles and industries, including jobs in the media, marketing, the creative sector, finance, education and management.

Graduates of English Literature enjoy opportunities in a wide range of professions. These include writing, publishing, journalism, librarianship, teaching, new media, PR, law, finance, business management, computing and Civil Service.

A degree in French Studies also paves the way for an exceptionally broad range of careers. You will develop intercultural awareness and communication skills - both highly valued by employers.

Studies show that over two-thirds of UK businesses value foreign language skills; through your studies, you'll acquire transferable expertise at the very heart of language learning, including enhanced powers of perception and interpretation and advanced decision-making and multitasking skills.

This will open up numerous paths with an international dimension (eg business and finance). You will also have excellent all-round communication skills, making you a strong contender for openings in the media, PR and similar areas.

Many of our graduates go straight into business services, marketing, advertising, management, banking or communications. Others opt for postgraduate study or further vocational training to become accountants, lawyers, teachers (in the UK or abroad) or enter the Civil Service.

Employers who have taken on graduates of our French courses in the past include KPMG, Deloitte, L'Oréal, BT, Louis Vuitton, Rothschild, Hilton Hotels, British Council, Teach First, Barclays, and the BBC.

The University has its own dedicated Careers Service that you would have full access to as a student and for two years after you graduate. At Manchester you will have access to a number of opportunities to help boost your employability .  

Find out more on the Careers and employability pages for  English Literature  and Modern Languages and Cultures .