How to Get Into Marketing with an English Degree [2022] - Faraway Lucy (2023)

So you have managed to bag yourself an English degree? Good job you!

But now what? What on earth could I possibly do with an English degree?

Well, by landing on this blog, it seems that you already possess the drive to build a successful marketing career.

Coming here shows your initiative and that’s a great first step. Now let’s just get learning about how to get into marketing with an English degree, shall we?

Well, firstly it is important to stress that in this day and age, it’s not so much about what you got your degree in, it’s what you can do with it. English as a degree is generally well-received.

English majors can communicate and write clearly and efficiently.

And they also have the ability to creatively analyse data.

These skills are key in marketing, especially in digital and communications.

Marketing is all about the way in which words and images influence people.

And guess who else has been studying exactly that for the last three years? You, that’s who!

Today I’m here to share with you my eight top tips on how to get into marketing with an English degree.

Because unfortunately, you are going to need more than just your degree mate.

Take it from someone who’s been there and done it. I will soon be graduating from university with an English degree.

AND I have also bagged myself a marketing graduate job at an amazing company.

So stick around until the end of this post to find out more about my graduation plans!

1. Build a successful blog

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Everyone and their dog has a blog nowadays.

But building a really successful, profitable blog will show potential employers that you’re passionate and driven, can singlehandedly build a business from the ground up, have great commercial awareness and business acumen and more.

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It’s also a great way to demonstrate your excellent writing and photography skills.

And you’ll also build up many digital marketing skills while you’re at it.

Things such as search engine optimisation, email marketing and social media marketing will become second nature to you.

I truly believe that my blog has been the main thing that has set me apart from other candidates.

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2. Get marketing experience

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Perhaps an obvious point but if you haven’t worked in marketing before, how can you expect someone to hire you?

You don’t yet know if you will be any good at marketing or whether you’ll even bloody enjoy it!

Applying for marketing jobs as a student is a great way to get your foot in the door. because unlike once you have graduated, companies are likely to hire you even if you don’t already have any experience.

Plus, when are you ever going to have this much free time again?

While at university I worked in marketing at two companies: Sancho’s and AFS.

My ongoing role at Sancho’s, where I have been working for over a year and a half now, started as a Student Business Partnership run by the university.

This programme assists the recruitment of ambitious students into off-campus employment whilst at university.

Your university may just happen to run similar programmes so head to its career zone whether online or in-person to see what you can find.

If you’re having no luck with job applications, perhaps offer to do social media or write content for a local start-up.

After all, if you don’t ask, you don’t get!

3. Take a summer course in marketing

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So you haven’t chosen marketing as a degree subject but that’s not to say you still can’t study marketing.

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Whether it’s taking a marketing module at university (if that is possible!) or taking a summer course in marketing, you should not limit yourself by your degree choice alone.

I personally studied Communication and Marketing abroad in New Zealand last summer which not only taught me more about marketing but also enabled me to get valuable global work experience.

Even if you do not study abroad, many UK universities offer marketing summer courses such as LSE and Imperial College London.

Have a google and see what else you can find!

Of course, you also have the option of studying a masters in Marketing once you graduate.

However, I wholeheartedly believe that you can get a marketing job without it.

Plus, who needs more debt in their lives, right?

4. If you can’t afford to do that, take free online classes

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Okay, so I understand that studying abroad is a privilege.

While I worked my absolute ass off that year in multiple part-time jobs to save up money to study abroad, I know that for whatever reason or another this may not be possible for everyone.

So if you cannot afford to do a short course in marketing either at home or abroad, head online!

The internet is chockablock full of great free resources and online classes.

And the best bit is that you can take them from the comfort of your own home.

Ideally, choose courses you can gain a certificate in so that you can not only learn but also slap a cheeky certificate on your CV.

Some great online classes you may want to consider are those offered by Hubspot Academy.

These are specifically geared towards inbound marketing in this digital age.

Courses include the Inbound Certification, Inbound Marketing Certification, Social Media Certification, Content Marketing Certification and the Email Marketing Certification. Other great free options are Google Digital Garage and Accenture Digital Skills.

5. Gain leadership experience at university societies

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If the thought of taking extra courses and working a stupid amount of hours alongside your degree scares you, don’t worry!

This point isn’t specifically geared towards those who want to get into marketing with an English degree, but gaining leadership experience at university societies will look great on your CV and give you plenty of things to talk about in an interview.

Whether you’re a sports captain or a society president, having this experience will set you apart from other candidates.

Even better yet if that experience is somewhat related to marketing.

For example, in my first year of university, I worked as a publicity officer for Poltimore Festival, a local festival run by university students.

In this role, I was responsible for creating a consistent and on-brand publicity campaign.

I also liaised with local businesses and news outlets to secure advertising and funding for the festival.

In my second year of university, I was the Online Lifestyle Editor for the student newspaper, Exeposé, through which I further built experience in digital marketing.

6. Read up on all things marketing

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Whether it is reading articles online or diving into a good ol’ paperback, acquiring knowledge is key.

And one of the best things about starting a career in marketing is that there are endless resources at our fingertips. It has truly never been easier to teach yourself.

So hop onto Amazon, invest in a good marketing book and start learning.

To thrive in an interview you need to be clued up on all things marketing.

And show that you are passionate about it too!

For example, for the assessment centre for the job I have landed I had to do a presentation on which upcoming marketing trends will most greatly affect their business

. This was followed by a Q&A.

And while Google is, of course, a help, it can only get you so far.

You should really be able to answer questions such as these right off the top of your head!

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7. Build a portfolio of writing

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If you don’t fancy starting your own blog, instead build a portfolio of writing.

Whether you are getting paid for it or not, writing should be something you already love as an English student. So just start!

Write for your university newspaper or other online student publications.

Then create a personal website (kind of like a digital CV) and share your articles on there.

Being able to write concisely and on-brand for different audiences is a great skill to have for marketing.

And don’t limit yourself to writing just articles either.

Offer to write things such as website copy, press releases or advertisements for societies or local businesses!

8. Apply for a marketing graduate scheme

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Graduate schemes are not for everyone.

And they are extremely competitive with an extremely rigorous application process.

But if you have great grades and decent experience under your belt, even if it has nothing to do with marketing, you may stand a good chance at landing yourself a place on a graduate scheme.

One of the great things about marketing graduate schemes is that unlike many entry-level marketing jobs they do not necessarily expect you to have much experience or knowledge in the field.

Though this will differ from company to company. In fact, in many graduate schemes, you’ll even be taught everything from the get-go.

The company may pay for your marketing tuition and exams, helping you to gain a CIM Level 6 Diploma in Professional Marketing.

On this note, I am absolutely delighted to announce that I recently accepted a place on the BGL Group marketing graduate scheme starting in September.

On this scheme not only do you get to rotate across different areas of marketing but you also get to work in a variety of businesses of different sizes.

In August I’ll be saying goodbye to the West as I head East to Peterborough to start a very exciting new chapter in my life!

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So there you have it! There are my eight top tips on how to get into marketing with an English degree.

If you need any more advice, do not hesitate to get in contact – I would LOVE to help.

Just email contact@farawaylucy.com or message me on social media!

FAQs

How can I get into marketing with an English degree? ›

Build a portfolio of writing

What is this? Write for your university newspaper or other online student publications. Then create a personal website (kind of like a digital CV) and share your articles on there. Being able to write concisely and on-brand for different audiences is a great skill to have for marketing.

What master's can I do with an English degree? ›

Some English graduates choose to continue their academic studies by doing an MA or a PhD in areas such as English language and literary studies, creative writing, Victorian, fantasy or mediaeval literature, or linguistics.

Can I do a Masters in marketing with an English degree? ›

With an English degree, you can go into almost any field, so long as you have the requisite experience (especially for more math/science-oriented fields). English is especially great for marketing, as your comprehension of language and your ability to use it in the commercial environment will be valued by employers.

Is doing BA in English worth it? ›

Though not considered a very glamourous as the above professions, if you have a passion for teaching and education, this particular one is especially for you. Be it at the school, junior college or university level, a BA English Literature degree will definitely make a great career.

What do you call someone with a masters in English? ›

The official title is "Master of xxx" for someone who has attained a Master's degree in a given topic.

What should I do after BA in English? ›

Read below to find out what suits you!
  • What are the Career Options after BA English? We will read through the 7 best career options that you can pursue if you own good communication skills and language fluency.
  • Media and Journalism. ...
  • Public Relations. ...
  • MBA. ...
  • Digital Marketing. ...
  • Professional Writer. ...
  • Translators. ...
  • Lawyer.

What is the highest paying job for an English major? ›

10 High-Paying Jobs for English Majors
  • Copywriter. Average salary: $58,656. ...
  • User experience (UX) writer. Average salary: $112,726. ...
  • Technical writer. Average salary: $68,555. ...
  • Medical writer. Average salary: $85,267. ...
  • Editor. Average salary: $59,531. ...
  • Social media manager. ...
  • Brand strategist. ...
  • Public relations manager.
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Can you work in advertising with an English degree? ›

Advertising and public relations are both fields of communication. This is why the transferable skills that English majors develop during their academic career are crucial.

Can I do MBA marketing After BA English? ›

Yes, MBA after BA English is possible! All you need to do is maintain a minimum of 50% in your UG degree to take MBA entrance exams. Based on the scores you get, apply at top MBA colleges.

Can you go into PR with an English degree? ›

Some of the best undergraduate degree options for aspiring PR professionals include public relations, journalism, English, communications and business and marketing. Other potential areas of study might emphasize American studies, cultural studies or political science.

Which BA is hardest? ›

What Are the 10 Most Difficult College Majors?
  • Chemistry – 2.78 GPA.
  • Mathematics – 2.90.
  • Economics – 2.95.
  • Biology – 3.02.
  • Geology – 3.03.
  • Philosophy – 3.08.
  • Finance – 3.08.
  • Physics – 3.10.
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Which BA has highest salary? ›

To help students get on the right path to a more financially stable career, this article lists down the highest paying bachelor's degrees as of 2021.
...
30 Highest Paying Bachelor's Degrees
  • Nursing. ...
  • Civil Engineering. ...
  • Finance. ...
  • Information Technology (IT) ...
  • Accounting. ...
  • Business Administration. ...
  • Aviation Management.
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Are English degrees hard? ›

English, to many people, is the 'easy' major. However, it is not easy. Reading, writing, analyzing, and all the other skills that we utilize every day are not easy. We hone our craft and it can take years to master it.

Is Masters in English hard? ›

Masters in English – The Coursework

Your classes as a masters degree student will be more demanding than most of the classes you took as an undergraduate. At most schools, you'll choose a specialty such as professional writing, fiction writing, or literature.

Do you get a title after a master's degree? ›

Master's degrees come with titles such as Master of Arts – MA, Master of Science – MSc, Master of Engineering – MEng, Master of Research – MRes and Master of Laws – LLM.

Is it OK to say masters degree? ›

That's why the correct way to spell master's degree is with an apostrophe—it's the degree of a master: Jane enrolled in a university to get a master's degree. If you're referring to a degree in a specific field, like the arts or sciences, leave out the apostrophe and the s.

Which English BA is best? ›

Top BA(Hons) in English Degree Colleges in India 2022
  • Symbiosis College of Arts and Commerce, Pune. ...
  • Hindu College, Delhi. ...
  • St Xavier's College, Kolkata. ...
  • St Stephens College, Delhi. ...
  • Hansraj College, Delhi. ...
  • GCW Sector 14 Gurgaon - Government College Sector- 14. ...
  • DAV College, Chandigarh. ...
  • MCM DAV College for Women, Chandigarh.

What is the salary after BA English? ›

Lecturer, Content Writer, Newspaper Editor, Translator, Public Relations Executive, Call Centre Executive, Bank Clerk, English Tutor, TV Anchor, Journalist, Script Writer, SEO Specialist, etc. The average salary of a BA English graduate in India is ₹413,822 LPA.

Is BA English hard to study? ›

BA English literature is not at all difficult provided you have interest in the subject. If you have a knack of writing and reading then it will turn out to be a very interesting subject. The syllabus of many universities and colleges varies so it depends on it too.

Where do English majors get jobs? ›

Studying English prepares you for a diverse range of professional fields, including teaching, journalism, law, publishing, medicine, and the fine arts. English majors also pursue careers in tech companies and other startup ventures--in Silicon Valley and beyond.

What careers can English lead to? ›

English degree graduates can be found in numerous sectors, filling a variety of roles – from journalist to teacher, and marketing manager to legal advisor.
  • journalist.
  • copywriter.
  • teacher.
  • paralegal.
  • marketing executive.
  • editor.
  • museum curator.
  • freelance writer.
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What jobs should I look for with an English degree? ›

However, here are some common careers for English majors to consider.
  • Social Media Manager. ...
  • Technical Writer. ...
  • Public Relations Specialist. ...
  • Lawyer. ...
  • Grant Writer. ...
  • Librarian. ...
  • Editor and Content Manager. ...
  • Human Resources Specialist.
19 Jul 2022

What degrees do you need to go into marketing? ›

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that many entry-level marketing jobs typically require a bachelor's degree. Undergraduate marketing education programs typically lead to a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing or a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing.

Can I do marketing after English Honours? ›

Marketing, HR or management would work well for you with your background of Bachelors in English and literature. Read more about which branch you could choose in detail here.

What careers are possible with an English degree? ›

English degree graduates can be found in numerous sectors, filling a variety of roles – from journalist to teacher, and marketing manager to legal advisor.
  • journalist.
  • copywriter.
  • teacher.
  • paralegal.
  • marketing executive.
  • editor.
  • museum curator.
  • freelance writer.
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Is marketing a hard degree? ›

Marketing is among the most difficult majors. It's all about data collection and analysis, learning how to develop effective communication and marketing strategies, the four P's (place, price, promotion, product), and so much more.

Is a marketing degree worth it 2022? ›

Marketing is a good major because it's extremely versatile and may lead to a variety of high paying, in-demand careers, with great job satisfaction and opportunities for on-going education. Marketing majors may pull in $50k to $208k a year. The Top 10% of earners pulled in over $208,000!

What are the 4 prerequisites for marketing? ›

The four Ps are the key considerations that must be thoughtfully considered and wisely implemented in order to successfully market a product or service. They are product, price, place, and promotion.

Can BA student do marketing? ›

You can have a career after BA as a Growth Manager, Management Consultant, or in positions of leadership in Finance, Marketing, Sales, and Strategy.

Which job is best after BA English Honours? ›

Best Career Options after English Honours:
  • Content Writing: ...
  • Blogging: ...
  • Digital Marketing/ Social Media Marketing: ...
  • Creative Writer & Editor: ...
  • Teacher/ Professor / Educator: ...
  • Journalism & Mass Communication: ...
  • Public Relations: ...
  • Translator/ Interpreter:
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Can I do marketing after BA? ›

To enroll in our digital marketing course, you only need to have a Bachelor's or equivalent degree. So if you have a BA degree, you are eligible to join our class and become a digital marketer.

What English careers make the most money? ›

Earning an English degree is a rewarding accomplishment that can open many career doors upon graduation.
...
If you're thinking about majoring in English, here are four high-paying jobs you could pursue.
  1. Marketing Manager. ...
  2. Public Relations Manager. ...
  3. Technical Writer. ...
  4. Writer, Journalist, or Author.
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Where do most English majors work? ›

Studying English prepares you for a diverse range of professional fields, including teaching, journalism, law, publishing, medicine, and the fine arts. English majors also pursue careers in tech companies and other startup ventures--in Silicon Valley and beyond.

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