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What can I do with a degree in Modern Languages and Cultures?

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Why Warwick?

  • Our graduates are some of the most targeted by the UK’s top graduate employers (annual Graduate Market report produced by High Fliers Research) 
  • Warwick is consistently ranked in the top 10 of major university league tables (Times and Sunday Times; Guardian) 
  • Employment destinations of recent graduates*: 

What do graduate recruiters look for?

  • A good degree from a good university
  • Work experience
  • Involvement in extra-curricular activities
  • The ability to describe and articulate your unique achievements and skills

How does Modern Languages and Cultures prepare students for the world of work? 

In today’s global workplace language skills are in demand and people who study languages certainly enter a wide variety of jobs. The breadth of study will allow you to immerse yourself in the culture, economics, literature and history of your subject while you develop a range of transferable skills valued by employers. During your year abroad, there is always the potential to increase independence, cultural understanding and resilience as well as developing lifelong memories.

Here are some of the skills of students studying Modern Languages which are sought by graduate recruiters:

  • Foreign language skills - advanced language skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking with the ability to mediate between two languages.
  • Critical thinking - analysing information and opinions from a wide range of sources to form a reasoned argument in essays, seminars and group projects.
  • Intercultural awareness - ability to research, analyse and develop an understanding of different cultural histories and contemporary cultural practices. Working, studying and living alongside people from different cultures.
  • Communication and presentation skills - the ability to organise, present and synthesize a reasoned argument across different formats including essays, portfolios, reports, presentations and exams.
  • Teamwork - working with others in seminars, joint presentations and projects demonstrating the capacity to plan, to work towards shared goals and effectively collaborate as a team.
  • Independence and resilience - managing own time to meet deadlines for assignments and seminars. Further developing independence and experience while living abroad.

What do Modern Languages and Cultures graduates do?

Sectors where graduates were working include:

  • Advertising. Marketing & PR
  • Education
  • Legal Services
  • Civil Service & Public Sector
  • Administration, Management & Consultancy
  • Creative & Media
  • Financial & Insurance
  • Recruitment and human resources
  • Technology
  • Translation and Interpreting
  • Retail

Sample employers include:**

  • Amazon
  • American Express
  • Bloomberg
  • Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Boots
  • Cabinet Office
  • Capgemini Invent
  • Civil Service
  • Co-op Heritage Trust
  • Department for International Trade
  • Durham University
  • Explore Learning
  • Fleishman Hillard
  • Grant Thornton
  • John Lewis Partnership
  • JP Morgan
  • Mazars
  • Mercer & Hole
  • Metropolitan Police
  • Octavia Housing
  • proSapient
  • RWS Language Solutions
  • Sanctuary Group
  • Teach First
  • The NHS
  • TikTok
  • TJX Europe
  • Trowers & Hamlin

Further study undertaken by graduates include:**

  • MA Translation Studies
  • MSc in Management
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Law
  • PGCE in Modern Languages
  • MA in International Relations
  • Professional Diploma in Marketing
  • MA Broadcast Journalism

Opportunities available at Warwick include:

Careers support from our professionally trained staff, opportunities to meet recruiters and attend events, help finding work experience and free careers support after graduation.

Derived from the HESA Graduate Outcomes survey, carried out approximately 15 months after successful completion. Contains HESA Data: Copyright Jisc 2024. Jisc cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived by third parties from its data.

* includes information from the national Graduate Outcomes survey, carried out approximately 15 months after graduates complete their course. For some career paths, graduates need to gain relevant experience, often at non-graduate level. It may therefore take some graduates longer than others to secure a graduate-level job.