Are you one of those people who, when asked what they like best or are good at in school, say 'English'?

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Of course, lots of jobs call for English skills. Employers might ask for a basic command of English, or good reading and writing skills or even a qualification in English. And it's not surprising – after all, you need to be able to communicate with your workmates and be able to follow or give instructions.

But there are many jobs where English is absolutely essential; where most of your work will involve using spoken or written English.

English skills are flexible skills

Having skills in English opens up all sorts of opportunities. That's because they're skills that tend to go hand-in-hand with abilities in problem-solving, thinking creatively and communicating with others.

The jobs in this booklet call for a whole range of English-related skills:

  • Speaking and writing clearly
  • Reading and understanding what you read
  • Listening to others
  • Thinking for yourself
  • Gathering information
  • Asking questions
  • Suggesting ideas
  • Arguing your case

And some practical skills too, such as:

  • Using a computer and the internet
  • Keyboard or typing
  • Using reference books
  • Making notess

Getting in

  • There is a huge variety of jobs that use English, so there's no single route in.
  • Entry requirements can range from GCSEs/S levels to degree level.
  • Check out the Getting in sections throughout the booklet for information specific to each job.
  • Make sure your CV, application form or letter of application prove you're good at English!
  • Check the spelling and punctuation and that what you write is clear and says what you want it to.
  • Ask someone else to read it through for you.

Modified: 16 June 2013

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