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English Language and Culture (BA)

Career prospects

And then you will have your degree in English Language and Culture and will be ready to find a job! Do you enjoy writing and editing? Or would you prefer a job that involves communication and providing information? English Language and Culture alumni find work where they perform all these tasks in practice.

These skills will help you

As an English Language and Culture graduate, you will not only have developed excellent knowledge and understanding of the country and the language, but also academic skills that will greatly enhance your prospects on the job market. These include skills in working independently, self-motivation, self-reflection and written communication. If you’ve also gained relevant work experience or administration experience during your studies, this will help you find the job of your dreams even faster.

Annamika Singh

Graduated in English Language and Culture

Annamika Singh

“It was always my ambition to find a job abroad, but I didn’t expect to find one so quickly. London is so competitive; you really need something that makes you stand out from the crowd. Having worked as a student assistant at the faculty during the programme certainly helped me, along with being bilingual and, of course, my master’s degree. And that’s not something everyone in the UK can say; a university education there is a lot more expensive.”

Our job market survey shows that 71% of our graduates find work within two months, and 79% of these find a job at HBO or academic level immediately.

What will your professional field be?

Your degree in English Language and Culture makes you an attractive candidate for a variety of potential employers. For example, you could work in education, communication or IT, or for the government.

  • 24 % Education
  • 20 % Communication and marketing
  • 10 % IT
  • 8 % Government
  • 6 % Finances
  • 6 % Media and journalism
  • 6 % Wholesale and retail
  • 4 % Publishing/books
  • 2 % Consultancy
  • 2 % Culture, sports and recreation

Source: Career Survey 2019 among graduates of the BA English language and culture. Career Service Humanities.

Organisations where our alumni work

  • Leiden University
  • Rathenau Institute
  • Stedelijk Gymnasium Leiden
  • Het PR Bureau
  • Ministry of the Interior
  • Koninklijke Bibliotheek (Royal Library)
  • Lemniscaat Publishing
  • American School of The Hague
  • International accounting and tax consultants PwC
  • Penguin/Random House Publishers
  • Semmtech

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