Languages and Cultures

Potential careers

Graduates from these courses often find work that makes use of their language skills and are more likely than graduates from other courses to find employment outside of the UK (usually in Europe).

Their employment is most commonly in educational settings or business support organisations, for example translation companies and public relations companies. Recent job titles have included Overseas Customer Liaison, Public Relations Account Executive, Recruitment Consultant, Event Organiser, Translator, Trainee Commercial Manager, and Bilingual Language Assistant. A recent trend has seen an increasing number of graduates seeking and finding work in European government institutions and non-governmental organizations.

Many graduates go on to further study. Popular choices include further study in translation or interpretation, and teacher training.

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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.

Modern Languages and Cultures - 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.

Using your language skills

The TARGETjobs website explains why your language skills are attractive to employers and how you can use them in your future career.

Explore types of jobs - Prospects

This part of Prospects provides 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. 

There are also a large number of websites advertising graduate vacancies. Some cover a broad range of occupations while others specialise in a particular sector. Increasingly, professional organisations and government bodies also include vacancies as part of their website.

Other suggested vacancy sources

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.