Studying languages provides graduates with the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills that are highly valued by employers. 

There are many options to choose from and reading this guide will give you some ideas to help you start.

Languages graduates often obtain careers in translation, interpreting, teaching, or work for the Diplomatic Service. Language skills are also useful within the general area of business both abroad and based in the UK.

Some Questions to consider when reading this:

How will my languages degree make me employable?

Studying and being proficient in languages can help you develop many skills that are attractive to employers: enhanced communication ability, interpersonal skills, analytical abilities, strong presentation skills, attention to detail, independence, and adaptability.

Employers are keen to recruit graduates with a global mind set and who are sensitive to cultural differences, and being adept at communicating in additional languages is definitely a valuable asset. Languages can be your unique selling point, giving you the extra edge and setting you apart from other graduates with similar backgrounds.

Other Marketable Skills Include:

Know your options.

Skills Gained at University Level Include:

Job options related to your Languages degree include 

Jobs directly related to your Languages degree:

Jobs where a Language degree would be useful:

Other employment sectors to consider

Many employers will recruit you because of your skills, irrespective of your degree sector.
You can research different job sectors and below gives you an overview of other possible sectors to consider. You can research these via Prospects.

All the suggested careers found in this guide are open to Languages graduates and there are many more besides. For many opportunities, you will find that employers don’t specify any particular degree subject. Therefore, it’s key when career planning not to limit your thinking to jobs that only relate directly to your degree. For example, sectors like engineering have roles for non-engineers in management, logistics, project management etc. You can research different job sectors here.

Further Study:

Postgraduate study may be required in some occupations, or may give you the competitive edge in others. It is important that you research your options before starting your applications. Read our guide for more information on Postgraduate Study and Funding.

Search for courses on these websites:

What have Manchester Met’s Languages graduates done?

The following information represents some of the next steps for Manchester Met Languages graduates:

Be inspired by other Manchester Met Languages Graduates

Resources to Research Career Areas:

Finding Graduate Opportunities:

Careers and Employability provide information and advice on job searching and we advertise hundreds part-time opportunities, vacation work, placements, internships and graduate jobs vacancies throughout the year on MyCareerHub. To access these vacancies simply login with your Manchester Met Student ID number and password.

Graduate Recruitment Schemes have many different names, offered by larger organisations, from multinational companies to opportunities in the NHS, civil service, and local government. Graduate schemes typically last for around two years. 

Here are some examples:

Civil Service Fast Stream
is an accelerated graduate scheme, designed to prepare graduates for senior managerial positions and has a number of different areas of specialism. The European Fast Stream enables you to specialise in EU issues in the UK Civil Service during a time of significant change. As a European fast streamer, you could work on some of the UK’s highest priority policy areas as we develop our future relationships with the European Union. You may also work on wider UK domestic policy across the Civil Service. You can also apply for the Diplomatic Service (European) scheme provided you meet the requirements for the Diplomatic service.

NHS Graduate Training Scheme: Offering roles in management, health analysis and informatics, HR and Policy and Strategy.

Other jobs in the NHS.

National Graduate Development Programme: You do not have to go onto a graduate scheme once you graduate, most graduates will be employed directly into organisations. Recruitment for graduate schemes is more structured, and opportunities are typically open in October each year and close around December. This means that you should be ready to apply in October at the end level 5 study. Read our guide for more information on Looking for Graduate Jobs.

Recruitment Agencies and Jobs Boards for Linguists:

Other Employers and Resources:

Working for Yourself:

Some Manchester Met graduates have also successfully started their own business/social enterprise.

Read our guide for information on Working for yourself.

Innospace: Manchester Met’s business incubator for start-ups and new enterprises

UNLtd: The foundation for social entrepreneurs, provide packages of support and funding for people who want to make a difference. They support individuals with entrepreneurial solutions to social issues. 

How else can you make yourself employable?

Careers and Employability Support:

The Careers and Employability Service offers a range of support to Manchester Met students and graduates:

Careers Consultant Appointments
: Book a 30-minute appointment and get expert advice from our specialist Careers Consultants.

Find Opportunities: We advertise hundreds of part time, graduate and internship roles through My Career Hub.

Take part in Careers and Employability events ranging from talks and workshops to employer events. 

For more information, visit our website.

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