As a student of American and Canadian Studies, you will have an excellent opportunity to develop skills that are highly prized by employers, as well as benefitting from the diversity offered by this multidisciplinary degree.
Our graduates understand complex information, write clearly and effectively, can build a case for a particular view, strategy or course of action, respect the views of others even if they disagree with them and generally think for themselves.
Your year abroad will be an asset to you when you apply for jobs. Talking about your experiences abroad will help you stand out in job interviews and help to demonstrate your confidence and maturity to employers.
As a graduate of American and Canadian Studies, you will have athe skills to enter a wide range of careers including government, the media, law, accountancy, advertising, human resources and retail management, teaching, research and many other types of employment that offer graduate-entry schemes. Many of our graduates choose postgraduate study to extend their knowledge of this and similar disciplines or to prepare for careers such as law and teaching.
100% of our graduates enter work or full-time study within six months of graduation (DLHE 2017). They start careers with employers including:
- the BBC
- Freud Communications
- Maverick TV
- the National Youth Theatre
Graduate roles are equally diverse:
- Business Development Executive
- Events Co-ordinator
- Financial Analyst
- Marketing Executive
- Production Assistant
- Research Assistant
- Youth Mentor
Developing your career
There is a range of opportunities through our
Careers Network and beyond. For example, our innovative
Cultural Internships offer graduates the opportunity for a six-month paid internship at a leading cultural institution in the West Midlands. These internships will give you professional experience to set you apart in a competitive graduate market.
Current partners include Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham REP, Birmingham Royal Ballet, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust, and the Library of Birmingham. There are also internships available at the University’s own cultural assets, such as Winterbourne House, the Lapworth Museum, and the Barber Institute of Fine Arts.
There are regular events each year covering careers in teaching, events management, working with charities and more, to help you meet potential employers and learn more about a range of sectors.
There are also summer internship opportunities and work experience bursaries, which allow you to apply for funding to support you during any unpaid internships. You may also want to apply to work overseas on an expenses-paid placement through our
Global Challenge Internship Programme.
To enhance your career prospects even further, you may want to engage in extra-curricular activities to broaden your skills and your network of contacts.
Our College of Arts and Law Undergraduate Research Scholarship Scheme enables interested students to work on a current academic research project run by one of our researchers in drama and theatre. You gain work experience over the summer after your first or second year and have the chance to develop skills in both collaborative and independent research.
Personal Skills Award (PSA) recognises your extra-curricular activities, and provides an accredited employability programme designed to improve your career prospects.
There are also a huge number of student groups and volunteering opportunities offered by the
Guild of Students, our students’ union, which cover a wide variety of interests across drama and the arts.
With more than 300 societies and groups at The Guild, there is something for everyone.If your interest does not yet have a group, then The Guild will support you to set it up and find likeminded individuals to join you.