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English Language and Culture (BA)

Career prospects

What is your preferred career path? Do you enjoy writing and editing? Or would you prefer a job that involves communication and providing information? You will find that your English Language and Culture degree is a perfect preparation for the career of your choice.

These skills will help you

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

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

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.”

What will your professional field be?

Your degree in English Language and Culture means that you will be an attractive candidate for a variety of employers. For example, you could not only work in education, communication, publishing or for the government, but also, in view of your excellent command of English and problem-solving skills, in the IT sector.

  • 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 (Dutch scientific advisory institute)
  • Stedelijk Gymnasium Leiden (Dutch grammar school)
  • Het PR Bureau (Dutch public relations agency)
  • Dutch Ministry of Interior Affairs
  • Koninklijke Bibliotheek (Dutch Royal Library)
  • Lemniscaat Publishing
  • American School of The Hague
  • International accounting and tax consultants PwC
  • Penguin/Random House Publishers
  • Semmtech (Dutch information management company)

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