Undergraduate careers

Studying East Asia prepares you for a career in the world's most dynamic region. Strong economic growth in China, the globalisation of the Japanese economy and the possible future reunification of the Korean peninsula offer massive potential opportunities for people with skills in Asian languages and cultures.

When you graduate, you will have:

  • An international prospective
  • A deep cultural understanding of the East Asia region
  • East Asian language skills (if you choose to study a language based degree)
  • A wide range of transferable skills and the ability to apply them to your chosen path

Your heightened cultural awareness will enable you to address problems from a variety of perspectives, critically analyse information and arrive at an independent point of view.

Managing group projects will help you develop skills in people management, negotiation, team work and leadership, while managing your own workload will demonstrate your self reliance. Your communication skills will of course be first rate, enabling you to articulate your views confidently both verbally and in writing.

Dominic Hughes-thumbnail"Studying Chinese at Sheffield helped me to develop the confidence to go out and try as many new things as possible. I went from a slightly timid first year to a confident graduate who was able to go to a new city and try out teaching and looking after young adults. The Careers Service provided invaluable advice. The department’s teaching staff were also super supportive in helping me develop the skills needed to enter the workplace and make a positive difference."

Dominic Hughes
Chinese Studies BA 
Graduated in 2016

Your year abroad will give you a head start

The experience you gain during your year abroad – and during your preparation for it – will be of crucial importance to your employability. Employers like language students because they have experience of living and adapting to different social and cultural environments. Studying abroad will also help you

  • Improve your language skills
  • Build up your self-confidence, independence and resilience
  • Broaden your horizons

Find out more about the year abroad

Careers Support

The School has its own dedicated Careers Officer who is there to offer specialist advice on careers, internships, work experience and CV building throughout your degree. We also organise talks by alumni to provide inspiration and first-hand experience of the graduate job market, and invite companies working with East Asia (many of which recruit from the School year after year) to give presentations on their sector. We also encourage students to consider taking up the option of a degree 'with Employment Experience', which enables you to build up considerable work experience and career-related skills before you graduate. This opportunity is particularly encouraged for our East Asian Studies BA students who don't have a compulsory year abroad.

Developing your skills

Throughout your degree at Sheffield, you will have the opportunity to develop your transferable skills and enhance your CV by participating in a range of extra-curricular activities that will be both personally fulfilling and attractive to potential employers.

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graduate destinationaGraduate destinations

Over the past forty years, SEAS graduates have entered a variety of exciting and rewarding careers.

Where could your degree take you?