Career Prospects

NTU English Career Prospects

As an English student, you will graduate with an outstanding command of the language, as well as a deep understanding of a wide variety of literatures and cultures. In addition, the study of literature encompasses many other disciplines such as philosophy, religion, history, politics, gender studies, fine arts, etc. Our program will also equip you with strong argumentative, communication, analytical, research, and imaginative skills that will stand you in good stead when it is time to look for a job.

Stephen Fry (actor, comedian, writer), Andrea Jung (CEO of Grameen America), Jack Ma (Co-founder of Alibaba), Martin Scorsese (director, screenwriter), Emma Watson (actress), Cyril Wong (writer) are all English graduates!

Need more convincing? The following articles talk about the value of studying literature and the humanities:

Here are some of the sectors in which the skills you gain as an English graduate are marketable:

  • Arts
  • Business and Management
  • Civil Service
  • Education
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing, Advertising, and Public Relations
  • Media
  • Publishing
  • Social Work

Click here to learn more about the career paths our alumni have embarked upon!


NTU's Career & Attachment office also offers a wide range of resources to help you explore career options, gain experience, and find a job!

Do you want to find out more about the options available to you as an English student, or about specific industries?

  • To explore career options and set individual goals, you can attend a short drop-in advising session or a longer one-on-one coaching session with the dedicated School of Humanities Career Coaches.  You might also try the Career Assessment tools.
  • For advice on specific fields or industries, make an appointment to speak to the Career Consultants.  Areas covered include media and marketing, non-profits, public service, and environmental industries. 

Do you want to gain experience or find a mentor?

  • Through NTUEdge you can join a team working part-time on a real industry project.  Partner companies include Estée Lauder, Ubisoft, Infocomm Media Development Authority, Unilever, and the Ministry of Culture, Community, and Youth.  
  • Join NTU's mentorship community, Connecting Minds, to find out more about industries that interest you.  Sign up with your NTU email address to get access to mentors' webinars, mentorship placements, and more.

Are you looking for an internship?

  • To find internship opportunities, go to NTU's job portal CareerAxis.
  • The Humanities Professional Attachment Programme provides paid, credit-bearing internships.  In the past, students from English have interned with companies such as Ethos Books, Umami Records, the Singapore Art Museum, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Straits Times, NParks, the Ministry of Education, and the Walt Disney Company.
  • Feeling adventurous?  Look for an overseas internship.
  • To improve your resume, usVMock for instant feedback.

Are you looking for a job?

  • To find job opportunities, go to NTU's job portal CareerAxis.
  • To improve your resume, use VMock for instant feedback.
  • CAO offers workshops on job searching and workplace skills.  Check their calendars here and here to find information!  More career resources and advice are available here.

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