Careers in English

Lucas Ackroyd speaking at a podium during UVic Alumni Week
Now an award-winning travel and sports writer, Lucas Ackroyd got his first taste of journalism writing album and book reviews for The Martlet while completing his BA in English.

What will you do with your English degree?

A degree in English can prepare you for many careers. Our students gain not only essential professional skills but also life skills, including skills in oral and written communication, critical and analytical thinking, and research—just to name a few.

Co-op for English students

Co-op helps you start building your career while you're still at university. It's designed to work around your academic courses, so you'll complement what you're learning in class with practical workplace experience.

Co-op enables you to try out a range of jobs before you graduate; gain work experience and skills; and make connections with employers. And you get paid for the experience! Over half of UVic co-op students graduate with a job offer.

Learn how to join the co-op program.

Some career options for English graduates

  • Communications coordinator
  • Community outreach worker
  • Curriculum planner
  • Editor
  • Entrepreneur
  • Government/public service
  • Human resources coordinator
  • Librarian/archivist
  • Market researcher
  • Program manager
  • Proposal writer
  • Social media manager
  • Student services
  • Teacher/instructor
  • Technical or creative writer