Careers and employability

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Our graduates gain an outstanding knowledge of the language and culture of one of the most important economies in Europe.

Through your training in analytical and communication skills, your expertise in an important world language and your experience of living abroad, you'll gain a distinctive set of skills which will prepare you for whatever career you choose.

Leeds graduates have an excellent reputation and Leeds is the 6th most targeted university in the UK by graduate recruiters (The Graduate Market in 2023).

What can I do with a degree in French?

Some of our graduates begin their career in the UK whilst others have chosen to relocate to France or other French-speaking countries. As a French graduate, you could work in areas such as:

  • publishing
  • law
  • academic research
  • business and finance
  • tourism
  • logistics
  • marketing and PR
  • the civil service and diplomacy
  • translation
  • journalism
  • education.

Our graduates have pursued language-based careers such as translating or interpreting, or pursued further training in this area through a postgraduate course.

Some have chosen to further their knowledge and expertise in French language and culture by studying an MA by Research, as preparation for a PhD or a chosen career.

Recent employers include:

  • Air France
  • KPMG
  • Marks and Spencer
  • Bauer Media Group
  • British Council
  • Harvey Nash

What careers support will I have?

You’ll benefit from bespoke support and opportunities in the School and have access to the activities and expertise of the award-winning University Careers Centre.

School support

As a student with us, you will be guided in your career choices and prepared for life after your degree in a variety of ways. Workshops and events are organised for you by the School throughout the year and focus on networking, understanding the value of your language skills, hearing from alumni about their career experiences and hosting graduate recruiters who want to hire you.

We’ll also keep you informed of work/voluntary placements for your time abroad and of any other part-time and volunteering opportunities that you can fit around your studies.

University support

Our experts in the University’s Careers Centre will support you to make informed decisions about your career path, to understand the opportunities available and the steps you need to take to pursue your choices. You’ll be encouraged to attend events including graduate recruitment fairs, employer networking and information sessions, and meetings with our alumni.  

Your year abroad

By studying abroad or taking a work placement year you'll gain practical, real-world skills to help set you apart in the competitive job market. 

Leeds University Union

Our award-winning Union provides career-related support through the part-time job hub, student societies and other activities throughout the year.

Clubs and societies are a great way to get involved in lots of activities and explore your interests, providing opportunities to develop skills such as team working and leadership.

You could be a key player in an award-winning sports team, or become a committee member and chair society meetings, or you could even project manage a volunteering trip overseas. The Union is home to School Reps who are appointed by students to represent the views and be the voice of students in your School. 


 At Leeds, you can access support to help you start your own business. Whether you want to learn about enterprise or become an entrepreneur, we offer award-winning specialist support.