Germanic Studies

Potential careers

Graduates from this department progress into a range of graduate careers which either make direct use of their language skills, or which utilise their communication and analytical abilities. Many of them enter roles in education, most commonly overseas as Teachers of English as a Foreign Language, but also in UK schools. Others gained positions in translation and interpretation work in the UK and in Europe.

A recent trend has seen an increasing number of graduates seeking and finding work in Euorpean government institutions and non-governmental organizations. Small numbers moved into other areas of graduate employment, including insurance, chartered accountancy, general management, retail management, human resource management, events management, and parliamentary research.

Not surprisingly, a significant number gained employment outside the UK, most commonly in Germany, the Netherlands and other European countries, but occasionally further afield. It is not uncommon for some graduates to undertake a further voluntary placement abroad after graduation to extend their interest in a particular country, or to gain experience by working in the overseas aid, charity, and overseas development areas.

Many graduates go on to further study. Popular choices include a masters in interpretation or translation as this increases the likelihood of a graduate gaining employment in these fields. A masters in Germanic Studies in order to pursue research careers, teacher training and business (including human resource management) are popular choices for further study.

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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.

Germanic 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.

Modern languages

This section of the Prospects website will help you to explore how you can best use your degree.

There are a number of obvious jobs that you may wish to consider such as interpreter, translator or secondary school 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.

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