Real World Experience – English and Creative Writing
14 September 2021
A degree in English or Creative Writing sets you up for a range of career options. There is support and opportunities available throughout your degree that will provide you with guidance and experience of the real-world.
We help you prepare for life after you graduate in a number of ways:
Optional, work-based learning modules
Sandwich year, year abroad, elective module options, learning a language, work-based learning.
Opportunities, support and guidance for developing skills, work placements and preparing for the future.
Careers and Employability Week
Designed to help you make the jump from degree study to employment or further study, with visitors from top-ranking organisations delivering talks and workshops.
English Volunteering Fair
Opportunities to volunteer for regional heritage and literary organisations.
Our graduates develop many key ad transferable skills including, communication, confidence and critical thinking, that are highly regarded by employers. .
Previous graduates have explored successful careers in a variety of sectors, including publishing, journalism, local government and professional writing. With employability skills embedded throughout our courses, we actively encourage our students to embrace any opportunities to gain work-related learning experience, with financial assistance often available through the Edge Hill University Student Opportunity Fund.
Even during the coronavirus pandemic, many students have continued with their employability module or extra-curricular experiences. Alongside two other students from within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, BA (Hons) History student, Bethany Draper has been involved in a cross-disciplinary industry project working collaboratively with Hospice Africa as a Communication Developer and Researcher.
The Student Experience
Nina Parry, BA (Hons) English Language
During her studies, BA (Hons) English Language student, Nina Perry was interviewed and selected to undertake a work placement at Bigtank, a successful corporate video production company in Ramsbottom, Manchester. On her placement, Nina was able to get involved in writing blogs and developed weekly plans to help build regular and stimulating content to build the businesses on-line presence. The company’s expectations of Nina were high, and she did not disappoint, gaining essential skills that will prove pivotal in her future employment.
“Working at Bigtank has been a great opportunity for me to gain relevant experience, confidence, and knowledge. It has been so rewarding to contribute to a successful business while learning valuable skills for my future career. I’ve met some amazing and talented people!”
Gaining work-based learning experience is invaluable for all students and we have the support in place to help you seek similar experiences throughout your degree.
The Employer Experience
Clare Waterfall, Production Manager at Bigtank
Nina’s role at Bigtank involved working directly with Production Manager, Clare, helping to develop the businesses social media activity and creating engaging website content and blogs. Clare is fully supportive of giving students the opportunity to learn, contribute and have an impact on the everyday running of a work place.
“The functional application of knowledge and skills can enhance a student’s learning and provide us with the opportunity to look at potential future employees. I am passionate about helping to create bright futures for students who want to gain valuable work experience while studying. I know myself how important it is to be able to show future employers that you have gained some work experience whilst in education.”
Bigtank have offered two more students the opportunity to spend time working on the creative production and marketing functions of the business.
The Graduate Experience
Dylan Booth, MA Creative Writing
A degree in English or Creative Writing is essential for a range of job roles and opens the door to many career directions. As well as using his degree to explore additional and successful writing opportunities, 2019 Creative Writing graduate, Dylan has also gained employment in finance.
“The course provided me with a multitude of skills that prepared me for life after graduation. I gained confidence to try writing opportunities that have often resulted in success, such as my commendation in the National Dial-a-poem Competition. The transferable skills I developed during my degree allowed me to apply for a variety of jobs in a range of different sectors, eventually starting my employment in the finance sector. In this role I provide support with pension scheme accounts and, while finance is not directly connected with creative writing, my degree has helped me to secure my position through transferable skills such as communication, confidence and creative thinking. Alongside my employment, I always find time to write and take advantage of opportunities that could develop my career as a writer.”
Still have some questions? Listen to our series of Q&A’s with our current students who answer some of our frequently asked questions: