During your time here you will have the opportunity to opt for modules in journalism and publishing, providing you with insights, skills and experience within those professional areas. As part of these modules we invite speakers, including alumni, working in publishing and at the BBC and the Guardian, to provide insights into their day to day work.
We have strong links with the literary world and several literary agency work placements are advertised during the academic year. Students also have a good track record of gaining work experience within publishing houses as a result of their networking at the London Book Fair and with the Society of Young Publishers.
Students are coached in networking and creative job hunting and are encouraged to be proactive from the outset in terms of gaining experience and developing the best possible edge in the labour market. There are a number of opportunities to meet with alumni of the School during careers talks to practise networking, make contacts and to understand particular career sectors and routes into those professions from the perspective of someone with recent experience.
We recently introduced a Career Mentors Scheme, pairing alumni with current students. Alumni of the School are uniquely placed to help provide advice and guidance on navigating those first steps into graduate employment, alongside the Careers and Employability services on campus. Students are currently mentored by those working in a variety of sectors and professions including advertising, marketing, public relations, arts administration, journalism and publishing in the heritage sector.
Our graduates have gone on to work in a wide variety of professions, as authors and journalists, and in theatre, television and film.
Of course, the employment market is very competitive, and we endeavour to ensure that all our students receive advice and training to prepare them for the transition to employment or further study.
The UEA Careers and Employability Service helps students to reflect on their skills and aspirations and relate these to potential jobs and careers. They also give advice and run invaluable workshops on finding vacancies, interview techniques and how you can write your CV effectively for a job or higher-degree applications.
The School hosts an innovative blog-based website all about career options for students taking degree courses in or with English Literature. For more information, or to become a contributor to this resource, go to http://www.afterenglish.ac.uk/
The UEA Award
The UEA Award recognises a range of activities, both academic and extra-curricular, undertaken during your time at UEA that help you develop the skills and attributes for both life and employment when you finish your course. The Award has been developed in conjunction with employers and culminates in a certificate from the University. For more information, please see the UEA Award webpages.