Careers and employability

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Your Languages and Cultures degree will provide you with multiple skills (including fluency in one or more world languages) and the international experience that will help you pursue a wide range of careers across the globe.
 
At Leeds, we are fully committed to developing your employability and career prospects. As our student you'll have a wealth of opportunities to develop your skills and make the most out of your time at Leeds and during the time you’ll spend abroad.
 
By the end of your degree, you’ll have good research skills and you’ll be able to analyse complex information from multiple sources before drawing your own conclusions. You’ll then be capable of communicating and defending your views clearly, either verbally or in writing. In addition, you’ll have strong research and organisational skills and be confident working independently or in a team.
 
Thanks to your experience abroad and your study of languages and cultures, you will also have a strong understanding of cultural diversity and you’ll be able  to work and deal with people from different backgrounds.
 
All of these qualities are very attractive to employers, and our graduates have pursued careers across the globe that reflect the flexibility and diversity of their degrees.

What do Languages and Cultures graduates do?

Graduates in our Languages and Cultures degrees have gone on to be successful in:

  • education
  • media
  • law
  • publishing
  • civil service
  • business
  • finance
  • charity sector.

Many others have also pursued postgraduate study, including further training in language-based careers such as translating and interpreting.

What careers support will I have?

You’ll benefit from bespoke support and opportunities in the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies 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 and voluntary 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 on-campus events including graduate recruitment fairs, employer networking and information sessions, and meetings with our alumni.

Leeds University Union

Leeds University 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. They’re also a great way to develop your skills such as team working and leadership. For example, 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.

Enterprise

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 can help you tailor your experience.