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Where can languages take you?

Learning a language at school, university or just for fun improves your personal development and key employability skills. It is proven to develop textual and data analysis, creativity, research skills, problem solving, articulacy and intercultural competence.

Amber's experiences of studying Languages at GCSE and A-Level and her plans for the future.

Current degree students experiences of learning languages

What about career potential?

List of the top 10 languagesThe British Council “Languages for The Future Report” lists the 10 most important languages for the UK’s future based on export needs, trade priorities, levels of English proficiency, high growth markets, diplomatic and security purposes.

The Confederation of British Industry’s 2013 Education and Skills Survey reports that 70 per cent of responding businesses value language skills among their employees, particularly in helping to build relationships with clients, customers and suppliers. The economic costs of “language ignorance”, in terms of communication and awareness of cultural barriers, were estimated at up to £48bn in 2006, or 3.5% of national income. The analysis found that firms with a greater understanding of language and culture were better able to identify and exploit sales opportunities in overseas markets.

The 2020 report co-authored by the British Academy "Towards a National Languages Strategy" Link opens in a new windowstates that the ability to navigate between different languages and cultures is important for life and work inside and outside the UK: "proficiency in additional languages is a new kind of global literacy" and research in languages has been making a vital contribution to solving national and global challenges in fields such as conflict and international development.

Hear stories from our former students about what they did after leaving Warwick

Useful careers websites to use with pupils or to share with parents

Icould careers has some great real-life videos of people who use their language skills in their jobs

Prospects: What can I do with a degree in Modern languages?

National Careers Service (skills assessments, explore careers, search for courses)

16 Personalities and Careers Quiz are both great careers profiling tools, accessible for school age pupils and fun!

We hope the videos from our Warwick students and alumni on their experiences of studying languages will inspire and motivate your pupils to choose a language at GCSE, A’ level and beyond.