So What do I do With an English Degree From Warwick?
Once I got into a taxi on my way back from an event, and I got talking to the driver. He asked me what degree I did, and I told him it was English. “Ah, so you want to be a teacher!” he claimed. I realised that sometimes, people think English leads directly into teaching, and that’s where the story ends! This could not be further from the truth. Here are just some of the skills my Warwick English Degree has taught me, and why I think it is an interdisciplinery degree.
Reflecting on my first year, I can see that my skills such as analytical reasoning and creative thinking have improved massively. English makes you think about every word you choose, and it makes you consider every word you read. This is why it is actually condusive to business and law related environments. In my seminars, I always leave amazed by the ability of my peers to read between the lines. This is an incredibly valuable real-world skill, that goes far beyond the realm of teaching!
As discussed in A Day in the Life of a First Year English Literature Student, English at Warwick means a lot of reading.. As far as I’m concerned, this means I have dealt with a greater breadth of text. I have a better understanding of the world around me through the lense of literature. Dealing with new critical articles and papers each week means I am introduced to a huge variety of political, psychological, and social perspectives, and this is really useful in terms of applying my degree to the real world.
Dealing with so many critical arguments directly improves your own ability to construct your own arguments, and to deconstruct the reasoning of others. This is why many English graduates choose to do a law conversion, as an English degree really teaches you how to disect and apply language.
Fran Lebowitz said “Think before you speak. Read before you think.” My degree has re-wired my brain; reading is now the method I use to comprehend the world around me. If you are interested in a degree that can unlock doors in a professional capacity, but also makes you are more critical, perceptive, and creative individual, English at Warwick is most certainly the way forward!