East Asian Studies

Potential careers

Graduates from these courses enter a range of jobs often with a strong link to their interest in South East Asia. A high proportion gain work abroad, usually in Japan, China, or other countries in the region, and most commonly as Teachers of English as a Foreign Language or Teaching Assistants. Others enter employment in the UK or abroad with employers who have a direct involvement in South East Asia, in roles which utilise the skills gained from their courses, such as inter-cultural awareness, analytical thinking, linguistic and communication skills; recent job roles have included International Relations Co-ordinator, Market Researcher, and Recruitment Consultant.

Other graduates enter roles with no direct connection to South East Asia, but where their graduate level transferable skills are important. Example job titles include: Audit Trainee, Business Development Consultant, and Assistant Tuition Centre Director.

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Step 1 - Look at the career paths of recent graduates

Understanding what recent graduates from your subject have gone on to do can be a valuable source of information to help in career planning, but bear in mind that what you choose to do will be a personal decision based on many other factors, such as what you are good at, what you enjoy, and what you want from work.

Understand yourself and your options

Read this section first, if you have not already done so, as it will help you explore these factors and get ideas for possible careers.

East Asian Studies - What University of Sheffield Graduates do six months after graduation

This data was collected six months after graduation, so although useful, it doesn't provide a reliable indicator of longer term career paths. Some graduates are still in transition and may be in short term jobs, mainly in administrative, retail and customer service roles, developing further skills and experience while at the same time job hunting, travelling or taking time out.

Graduate case studies

Our graduate case studies database allows you to search by department and read the case studies from graduates who describe their career path and provide a realistic insight into the world of work.

Step 2 - Research options linked to your subject

We have put together a number of resources to help with this.

Options with your subject - Modern Languages

Make a start by reading this section of the Prospects website and develop ideas on how you can best use your degree (there is not a specific section for East Asian Studies).

There are a number of obvious jobs that you may wish to consider such as translator, or teacher. However, you should remember that a large proportion of vacancies advertised to graduates are open to any degree subject, so you should be prepared to explore all your options.

What can I do with a modern languages degree?

This guide produced by Targetjobs, should help you think about the skills you have and the jobs they can be applied to.

Explore Types of Jobs - Prospects

This part of Prospects includes profiles covering a wide range of occupations, including job descriptions, salary, entry requirements, training, typical employers and vacancies.

Step 3 - Search vacancy databases for jobs of interest

Career Connect

We advertise over 5000 vacancies each year for graduate jobs, placements, part-time, voluntary and vacation work.

Information resources

Our Information resources database includes a section covering a large number of general and regional graduate vacancy websites. Within the ‘Occupations’ section we include recruiters who specialise in a particular sector. Many professional organisations and government bodies also include vacancies as part of their website.