Lincoln School of English & Journalism
Are you a wannabe writer? Passionate about publishing? A budding broadcaster? Do you want to score the next big scoop? Or be a pioneer in PR?
There are a several resources available to help you choose which career you would like to pursue.
If you’re not sure what you’d like to do yet, the links below may help you to decide:
You can see what careers other graduates who studied your degree entered by reading the Prospects ‘What Do Graduates Do?’ guide:
Before starting your job search, it can helpful to identify the industries that you’re interested in. This will help you tailor and focus your job search.
These resources are focused on industries related to Publishing, Journalism, and Public Relations:
Get top tips on pursuing a career in publishing here.
Remember to be creative in your job search, especially if you are not looking in ‘hot spot’ publishing locations. Freelance working can support flexibility of location in addition to being strategic in your searches by looking at small indie publishers.
Top 5 Tips on finding a job in Publishing provided by English graduates:
1 . Look for structured work experience schemes such as the following: work
experience, summer internships and The Scheme at Penguin Random House or Hachette Fresh Chapters Internship and Traineeship.
2 . Follow @SYP_UK , Society of Young Publishers for advice, networking and
3 . Follow @Pubjobsuk, Publishing Jobs UK for retweets of jobs and work
experience advertisements across a range of publishing houses.
4 . Search for small publishers across the country using this recommended map.
5 . Research diversity schemes and check eligibility. A range are advertised here.
Search for recommended articles and job search sites via Journalism specialisms here.
The journalism industry includes a range of graduate scheme options for entry. For a complete list of schemes and key deadlines see Journo Resources.
Vacancies for PR officers exist in-house and in consultancies. Vacancies for in-house PR posts are often advertised in the national, regional or local press, as well as the industry press listed above. Consultancy vacancies may also be advertised, but speculative applications are common. Further information on PR specific job websites can be seen here.
The hidden job market is a phrase used to describe unadvertised posts. This can be common for the creative industry. For further information on speculative applications see our page – Speculative applications.
Showcasing your Work
Showcasing platforms are important networking tools for the creative industries. Employers use these sites to discover talent. Start by uploading your work to the Creative Showcase to showcase your work to employers who are interested in University of Lincoln students and graduates. For further advice on creative applications and portfolios see our dedicated page.
Self-employment is also a viable option in the creative sector, visit our Freelancer Toolkit for support and information about becoming a freelancer.
Remember you can go into a huge range of industries with the transferable skills developed from your degree. To research your opportunities beyond these sectors research your options here.
A graduate scheme is a structured training programme run by an employer to develop future leaders of an organisation. These are usually generalist schemes. They are relevant for an individual interested in developing a range of experience across an organisation over a specialist route. Schemes can exist in a variety of industries with a high percentage of companies open to any degree discipline. The examples below demonstrate some schemes open to any degree or a communications related discipline.
Example Graduate Schemes open to English, Journalism or PR:
- Journalism/Media – Telegraph, BBC, The Guardian, ESPN, Channel 4, Ofcom, BBC, Sky
- Advertising/ Marketing – Virgin Media, BT, Boots, Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO
- PR – Edelman, FleishmanHillard Fishburn (FHF), LEWIS, MHP
- Publishing- Bloomsbury, HarperCollins UK, Oxford University Press, Penguin Random House
- Management – Morrisons, National Rail, Enterprise Rent a Car
- Public Sector – Civil Service Fast Stream, NGDP
- Education/ Social Work – Frontline, Teach First, Explore Learning
- HR – Whitbread, National Rail, Boots
For further research into graduate schemes see the UK’s top 300 most popular graduate employers. Remember you can use your transferable skills from your degree to apply to a wide range of options. If you’re unsure on your options see our recommended resources.
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
For general support and information about protected characteristics please visit our Diversity, Equality and Inclusion page.
Many employers and organisations advertise opportunities and initiatives to attract candidates from under-represented backgrounds and improve representation within their industry. The links below offer an insight into targeted initiatives and support available within industries related to your school.
- Creative Access offers a jobs board, training and support to candidates and are working towards a day when Britain’s society is truly reflected in the creative industries
- Fresh Chapters provides individuals from a BAME background with the opportunity to gain experience within publishing for a year. Successful applicants will spend six months with an editorial department as part of this programme, where they will have real creative input into the publishing of new titles
- The Scheme is Penguin’s early career programme. It offers paid Editorial Traineeships that start in September for six months and open to applications from a BAME or socio-economically disadvantaged background
- Journalism Diversity Fund awards bursaries to people from diverse backgrounds who need help funding their NCTJ journalism training
- Pact is the trade association representing the commercial interests of UK independent television, film, digital, children’s and animation media companies. They are committed to improving diversity within the media industry
Join our dedicated school page on Lincoln Connect for further information on equality schemes and mentoring.
If you’d like more personalised advice on how to start thinking about your career, you can always book a Careers Guidance session with one of our advisors for a one to one chat.