English language and linguistics – career-talk

Think of English language and linguistics, think of a career, and hey presto, most people will say Teaching! And that’s exactly what one of our recent LEL grads, Rebekah trained to do, when she graduated from Edinburgh.

However,  she didn’t stay in the classroom, and has moved into the conservation/voluntary sector and is now working as an education officer with the RSPB. Listen to Rebekah talk about her path from LEL student to the voluntary sector, via Bedlam theatre, work experience with children, a PGDE at Dundee and experience in the classroom, at a recent PPLS alumni event.

So, teaching is one thing you can do with this degree – what else? Well, as with many UK degrees, the world really is your oyster!

There are the options related to your field of study – some of the most obvious being copy editor, proof-reader, speech and language therapist, but you’d probably thought of those already! For more ideas take a look at the Options information for linguistics and English.

If nothing related to your degree really grabs you, don’t worry, you’ve loads more options. However, you’ll need  to take time to think about what you want from a job – what motivates you, what you’re good at, what you’re interested in. Try our career planning links to help you pull all this together, and see where this fits in the workplace, and explore different jobs via our website.

For more ideas, and links specifically for LEL students, check out your LEL careers webpages.

And remember, as with Rebekah, your career is a journey, not a destination. And that journey doesn’t just start with your first job or course after university. Without experience with children, and quite possibly the added benefit of acting with Bedlam (acting skills being a very useful addition to a teacher’s toolkit), Rebekah is unlikely to have secured her place on the teacher training course. And at the start of that course she probably had little idea that working in the voluntary sector would be part of her career path. However, she saw an opportunity and took it (what we careers people like to call ‘Planned Happenstance’). As she is now currently studying with the OU for a qualification in International Studies, doubtless Rebekah will find more opportunities in the future and move on again in her career journey.

So, start, or continue, along your career path today. Get involved with something (clubs, societies, volunteering, anything that interests you),  explore your options, think about your next steps, and be open to opportunities. And remember the Careers Service is here to help you with all aspects of that journey whilst you are a student here, and for 2 years after graduation.

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