So You Like English…Where Could That Take You?
Welcome to our Career Series!
This series will take you through a variety of career options that may interest you, based on the school subjects that you enjoy.
For simplicity, we have filed these career options under three sub-headings. The first is titled ‘The Obvious‘ – a fairly self-explanatory one. Careers under this heading have direct and obvious links to the subject of the article.
The second section is titled ‘The Skills-Related‘ – careers under this heading are related to the skills you develop in a particular subject, as opposed to the content.
The third sub-heading is called ‘The Obscure‘ – this section contains a list of careers that you might not necessarily have considered or even realised are related to the subject.
We are definitely starting off with the obvious career choices here. High school English primarily involves skills like analysing, reading and writing which, funnily enough, most authors do too. You can use your love of reading to inspire your very own best-selling novel!
A very obvious career choice if your favourite class at school is English! If you love learning English, why not have a go teaching it?
A career in journalism is a very popular choice amongst those who enjoy English at school. Here, you will pair your writing skills with research to construct engaging articles for readers.
One of the best things about journalism is that you can specialise in basically whatever field you are interested in. Current affairs, crime, sport, fashion, food, interior design, cars, travel, the list goes on…
A digital copywriter creates written content for webpages. If writing a full-blown novel isn’t quite up your alley, you can focus your career on writing shorter form content to be published online. Again, the specific field that you want to focus on is virtually limitless.
A career in public relations involves communicating and managing the image of a business or organisation to the general public. Depending on your specific role, you might be managing the organisation’s social media channels or communicating the organisation’s strategies and outcomes to the staff. Working in public relations involves a variety of English skills, but the main one would be communicating ideas in a creative but clear manner.
An editor’s role is to revise a written text or video to prepare it for its final product. Depending on your preference, you can pursue a career in editing manuscripts, newspaper or magazine articles or films and videos. Closely analysing a text or film is a crucial part of the role of an editor, who has to determine what elements are important and help the main focus of the content.
A career in the legal sector definitely involves some English skills. Writing legal documentation and communicating with staff and clients are a significant part of a lawyer’s role. Studying law in university also involves a fair amount of reading, which is another English skill you will be using along the way.
A screenwriter’s role is to write the screenplay for television, film and video-games. The skills required are similar to those of an author – creativity and a love for writing is important. An understanding of film and screen and the use of film techniques to create meaning are important too.
If you love English, but hate creative writing, pursuing a career as a technical writer might be for you. Technical writer’s are responsible for writing manuals and guides. The ability to write clearly and concisely is key.
The dream career for any bookworms out there – spend your working days surrounded by books! If you decide to pursue a career as a librarian, you will literally get paid to read and organise books. One of the main roles of a librarian is to source new books to populate the library. Librarians require a wide range of knowledge to help visitors find the resources they need.
If you love telling a good story and using your command of the English language to inform and entertain, this might be the career for you. Plus, you have the chance to visit some of the hidden corners of the world as you work – win/win!
Similar to television broadcasting, radio programmes require a team of researchers, journalists, production assistants AND broadcasters to get the show on the air waves. Each of these need a variety of English-related skills, but mostly writing and public speaking skills.
Speech pathologists study and treat speech and communication disorders. Their role primarily involves working with people who have difficulty communicating, whether that be through speech, reading or writing. This is a great job to consider if you enjoy English, but don’t necessarily want to be creating written content yourself. Instead, the focus will be on helping others to communicate.
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A lexicographer’s role is to compile dictionaries. This not only includes defining words, but also deciding what new words should be included in the English dictionary!
English as a Foreign Language Teacher
Teaching English as a foreign language is a great career to consider if you are bilingual or speak a language or dialect other than Australian-English. This career is another one that can allow for opportunities to travel – teaching English to students around the world.
Lyricists are responsible for writing the lyrics for songs, ads (for films, television and radio) and musicals. If you love a great one-liner, creating rhymes or tend to sing little songs under your breath while you go about ordinary tasks, this is the job for you!
Quiz show writer
Quiz show writer’s are responsible for…writing quiz show questions! This role involves a significant amount of research, as well as the ability to turn that research into a clear, concise question.
Put those critical analysis skills to good use! If you love persuasive writing or arguing your point in an English essay being a critic might be the job for you. If critically analysing texts doesn’t interest you, there are many other fields that you could focus on – film, food, music, travel, cars, art, etc.