1.10  EMPLOYABILITY

Studying English Literature at the University of Exeter gives you an excellent all-round education and provides you with skills that are attractive to employers and relevant for a wide range of careers. These include: written and oral communication skills; research enterprise, information processing and data handling; critical thinking and analysis; time management, problem solving and decision making skills; an ability to work independently or as part of a team.

In addition to skills and experiences gained as part of your taught degree programme, you will utilise Personal Development Planning (see section 2.6) in order to ensure that you are developing a good CV and skills profile.
While the degree programme as a whole thus prepares you very effectively for the workplace, at Level 2 the “Humanities in the Workplace Module” is particularly geared towards helping you bridge the gap between University and the workplace. See: http://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/english/modules/HUM2000/description/. You will be offered training in CV-writing, devising job applications, interview skills and will learn about corporate and commercial awareness. A work placement co-ordinator will help you secure relevant work experience which can count towards your degree. This is where you will have the chance to demonstrate your adaptability, reflective skills and ability to be enterprising.

Another way of getting training in CV-writing and general job-hunting skills and of making sure that you are getting all you can out of work placements is to enrol in the Exeter Award. Run by the Employability and Graduate Development Service (http://www.exeter.ac.uk/employability/index.html) which offers a broad range of skills training, employer-led sessions, workshops and job hunting materials, the Exeter Award is a way of structuring and recognising the extracurricular activities that enhance students’ employability. The skills workshops, careers talks and progression planning events organised by the Department of English contribute to the Award structure. Personal tutors will regularly prompt their students to participate in the Exeter Award, to work on their CVs, reflect on their skills sets and plan their personal and academic development effectively.

For more on the skills you will develop as well as the employability opportunities open to you throughout your degree and after see: https://intranet.exeter.ac.uk/humanities/studying/taughthandbook/employability/