Careers and Employability Service

What can I do with my degree in English Language and Linguistics?

Skills gained


English Language and Linguistics graduates develop a wide range of skills that are valuable to graduate employers including: how to argue a point, how to think independently, to summarise and précis, to write and speak well, to write reports, to present information effectively and to work as part of a team. Understanding and analysis of writing is of key importance to graduates of English and can be applied in many other fields of work. Make sure you get most of these into your CV!

A graduate in English Language and Linguistics typically will have the ability to:

  • Express themselves clearly and fluently both orally and in writing
  • Analytical reasoning
  • Critical thinking and argumentation
  • Verbal skills: good handling of oral and written language, ability to understand and analyze subtle differences in spoken and written form
  • Communication skills: awareness of different styles and registers, and of intercultural differences in language use
  • Quantitative skills: basic statistics, numeracy, graphs and tables
  • IT skills: use of basic software (e.g. Word, PowerPoint, Excel), social media, and discipline specific software (e.g. Praat) that may also involve some basic training in programming.
  • read and use texts and other source materials critically and empathetically
  • recognise there are ways of testing statements and that there are rules of evidence which require integrity and maturity
  • reflect critically on the nature and theoretical underpinnings of the discipline
  • marshall an argument, be self-disciplined and independent intellectually
  • analyse and solve problems
  • use effectively ICT, information retrieval and presentation skills
  • exercise self-discipline, self-direction and initiative
  • work with others and have respect for others’ reasoned views
  • work collaboratively and participate effectively in group discussions
  • show empathy and imaginative insight.

Student Employability Profiles 

Studying English Language and Linguistics therefore develops a wide range of transferable skills, which are important in many career fields. Understanding and analysis of issues can be applied in many other fields of work. Other skill areas that can be developed through studying English Language and Linguistics include:

This is not an exhaustive list of skills - you will develop many skills from your course, extra-curricular activities and work experience. You can find out more about the skills employers look for and how you can develop them here.


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Last Updated: 10/09/2019