The School of English and Drama is committed to preparing its students for the future, both academically and with the skills and knowledge to help them enter the job market, whatever direction their career path takes.
Graduates from SED go on to work in a huge range of different sectors. Some – such as theatre, journalism, teaching, and publishing – are directly related to their field of study, whilst others – such as government, charity, law, banking, and marketing – use and build on the skills gained and developed through studying English and Drama.
These highly sought after transferable skills include:
- Critical thinking
- Analytical skills
- Persuasion and the use of logic
- Understanding of audience
- Summarisation of complex information
- Sensitivity to diverse cultures, communities, and behaviour
- Time management and organisation.
Support from Careers
Events and workshops exclusively for English and Drama students run throughout the year, in conjunction with SED’s dedicated Careers Consultant Fliss Bush, covering advice, gaining experience, and practical skills such as CV writing and interview preparation.
Support including one-to-one guidance appointments; practice interviews; jobs listings; resources and information; award-winning programmes; workshops, events, and employer sessions; and much more is available year-round from Careers.
A full range of support is available from the Enterprise team, including funding opportunities, programmes and events, and one-to-one support to help you develop entrepreneurial skills and build your business or freelancing career.
Useful links and resources
English QMplus careers page: find news, events, resources and links for current English students.
Drama QMplus careers page: find news, events, resources and links for current Drama students.
Queen Mary Careers Hub: book into Careers & Enterprise events, and browse jobs and internships.Prospects.ac.uk: useful website for careers research and graduate jobs listings.
Prospects.ac.uk: useful website for careers research and graduate jobs listings.
Creative Access: organisation supporting under-represented groups into creative industries.
Journo Resources: free tools for journalists.
Arts Jobs Online: jobs listings in the arts.
The Society of Young Publishers: useful website for anyone interested in working in publishing.