Career expectations after Oxford

Because the Oxford English degree develops writing skills, time-management, independent research and the ability to sift through large amounts of material, it is an extremely flexible basis from which to launch your career. Some English students go on to take professional qualifications in law, journalism, teaching, or accountancy. Others work in the city, in publishing, in charities and arts organisations, and in advertising and the media. Facebook Global Director James Chadwick did English at Hertford, as did newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky and novelist Alex Preston, and we have a diplomat, a winemaker, a spy, an opera director, and a number of published novelists and academics in the Hertford English Society, our network of former students who can give advice to current students about their career prospects.

Here are a few of our former students:

  • Vidyan Ravinthiran came to Hertford from his home in Leeds in 2003, completed his doctorate Oxford on the American Poet Elizabeth Bishop, and is now a Junior Research Fellow at Selwyn College Cambridge. His own first poetry pamphlet, Home or Nowhere was published by Tall Lighthouse in 2008.
  • Helen Foulder graduated in 2000 and works in advertising. She joined M&C Saatchi on their graduate scheme and stayed there until 2007 when she moved to Wieden + Kennedy, to work on Nokia. She's currently a Group Account Director there looking after Lurpak, Cravendale and Lactofree.
  • Andy Thomas graduated in 2010 and is working for Deloitte Consulting having done an internship there during the vacation of his second year. He is currently on a 21 month graduate scheme in its operations practice, and since the start of the scheme, he has worked on internal transformation projects and leadership development for a large public sector client.
  • Since graduating in 2008 – and producing a memorable Duchess of Malfi at the Oxford Playhouse in his 2nd year, Titas Halder has pursued his interests in the theatre, first as Literary Associate at the Finborough Theatre and then as Resident Assistant Director at the Donmar Warehouse.