Maureen Moran, President of the English Association once commented that as an English student you develop "the insight of an artist, the analytical precision of a scientist and the persuasiveness of a lawyer".[Ref needed] It is generally assumed that English graduates have a limited choice of occupation with teaching being the main career path, however, the transferrable skills and attributes gained is making a wider variety of occupations more accessible with many recent graduates gaining employment in the creative industries, management, publishing and journalism.The CUE will provide essayists with an additional set of written final comments, and will also consider Senior Essays as part of the process for determining departmental honors and prizes.
These include the ability to communicate coherently, how to think critically and argue persuasively, to work effectively with others, and to plan and organise time efficiently in order to work to deadlines.
These are skills that people use everyday both professionally and personally.
Further information about the destinations of English graduates can be found on p.56 and p.57.
Studying English Language equips graduates with a variety of skills that can be transferred to the work place.
[ ] Many of the English courses on offer at Universities in England explore aspects of language such as syntax, morphology, phonetics and regional variation, along with personal, cultural and historical issues and how it is used in different contexts.
[reference needed] There are also options to learn a modern foreign language or teach English as a foreign language which can provide a greater understanding of how English is used and understood by non native speakers.
Of the 51.6% in UK employment, only 6.3% of these were as teachers which supports the argument that teaching is not the only career opportunity for English graduates.
Cache/4B1936542D2E4AED9319D3CEF71C3C4A/CB052898FC164375A49A8CF6D57819AA/WD/WDGD_final2009a graduate careers website, showed that of the 78% of graduates who took part in the survey, the percentage of female graduates was 74.4%.
A typical English graduate will gain the following transferable skills: Advanced literacy and communication skills Analytical and critical skills Information gathering and handling Independent thought and judgement Ability to work with others Ability to work in a critical and self reflective manner [Ref: student employability profile] Still, some employers are still unsure of the value of studying English as it is a shared assumption that Arts and Humanities degree courses do not provide the opportunity to engage in teamwork or any project work with presentation elements, and therefore these graduates may lack some essential skills.
However it has been suggested that this belief is often accompanied by ignorance of how Arts and Humanities subjects are actually taught.