Of the 51.6% in UK employment, only 6.3% of these were as teachers which supports the argument that teaching is not the only career opportunity for English graduates.
Cache/4B1936542D2E4AED9319D3CEF71C3C4A/CB052898FC164375A49A8CF6D57819AA/WD/WDGD_final2009a graduate careers website, showed that of the 78% of graduates who took part in the survey, the percentage of female graduates was 74.4%.
[ ] Many of the English courses on offer at Universities in England explore aspects of language such as syntax, morphology, phonetics and regional variation, along with personal, cultural and historical issues and how it is used in different contexts.
[reference needed] There are also options to learn a modern foreign language or teach English as a foreign language which can provide a greater understanding of how English is used and understood by non native speakers.
The Cambridge Encyclopedia of The English Language by David Crystal defines language as ‘the systematic, conventional use of sounds, signs or written symbols in a human society for communication and self expression’. English is one of the most widely spoken languages in the World and is the primary language in many countries including the United Kingdom, United States, Australia, New Zealand and Canada, as well as being the first choice of second language for non-English speaking countries.
It is the main language of international diplomacy and can be seen and heard worldwide in advertising, music, literature, commerce and trade.Furthermore, a published report called ‘What do graduates do?’ presents the destinations of 2008 graduates, six months after graduation.These include the ability to communicate coherently, how to think critically and argue persuasively, to work effectively with others, and to plan and organise time efficiently in order to work to deadlines.These are skills that people use everyday both professionally and personally.Further information about the destinations of English graduates can be found on p.56 and p.57.Studying English Language equips graduates with a variety of skills that can be transferred to the work place.The value of studying English Language has been the subject of much debate.The term ‘value’ is slightly ambiguous as it can be interpreted in many ways depending on a person’s view point.Statistics published in 2008 by Prospects, a graduate careers website showed that students of English are more likely to secure graduate level positions than other comparable humanities graduates. In 2008 there were 11060 English graduates with 78% responding to the survey.51.6% of respondents were in UK employment, 1.9% in overseas employment and 7.9% believed to be unemployed with the remainder either continuing to study in the UK or overseas.