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Daisy Vaughan, BA Spanish and Arabic (2019)

'I love having the opportunity to use my language skills for something that has a positive impact on someone's migratory journey and life in general'.

Service Manager - Refugee Support, British Red Cross

What can I do with a degree in Modern Languages?

The below offers a selection of the destinations University of Exeter graduates from Modern Languages have gone on to. The information below is not exhaustive, however it does highlight the range of job and further study options available to you after your studies.

If you would like to learn more about any of the jobs listed below you may wish to browse the job profiles on the Prospects website.

Careers with a degree in Modern Languages

Recent Exeter Modern Languages graduates have entered a wide range of careers. Some recent examples include*:

  • Marketing associate professionals
  • Primary education teaching professionals
  • Project support officers
  • Chartered and certified accountants
  • Archivists and curators
  • Sales accounts and business development managers
  • Importers and exporters
  • Human resources and industrial relations officers
  • Public relations professionals
  • Authors, writers and translators
  • Business sales executives
Remember…

Many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed above.

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* Data taken from aggregating the responses from full-time, first degree, UK domiciled students who completed 2017/18 and 2018/19 Graduate Outcomes surveys (ordered from most popular to least).

Employers of Exeter alumni with a degree in Modern Languages

Recent Exeter Modern Languages graduates have joined a wide range of employers. Some recent example include*:

  • Close Brothers
  • Cloud International
  • Comcast
  • Conde Nast Publications Ltd
  • Deloitte
  • Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
  • Department for Transport
  • Editing Trust Ltd
  • Ernst & Young
  • European Parliament
  • German Academic Exchange Service
  • Knight Frank
  • Made.com
  • Mclaren Automotive
  • Oxford University Press
  • Red Consultancy
  • Sony Music
  • The Budweiser Brewing Group
  • University of Exeter
  • Virgin Media

Other resources:

* Data taken from aggregating the responses from full-time, first degree, UK domiciled students who completed 2017/18 and 2018/19 Graduate Outcomes surveys.

Skills

An Exeter Modern Languages degree will arm you with some great employability skills including:

  • Read, speak, write and understand one or more foreign languages
  • Gather and evaluate information
  • Formulate and articulate ideas and arguments
  • Develop independence, adaptability and cultural awareness
  • Manage time effectively and meet demanding deadlines
  • Lead and participate in group exercises and discussions
  • Present information and points orally
  • Reflect and judge critically on the basis of evidence and argument
  • Deploy skills in ICT note taking research and problem solving

Further Study

Around 33% of Exeter graduates in Modern Languages go on to pursue further study within 15 months of completing their undergraduate degree. Some recent progression routes include:

  • MA Arabic/English Translation
  • MA Classics and Ancient History
  • MA Conflict, Security and Development
  • MA Global Literatures and Cultures
  • MA Interpreting and Translating
  • MA Media and Communication
  • MA Modern Languages
  • MA Translation and Professional Language Skills
  • MA Translation Studies
  • MSc & MBA Arts and Cultural Management
  • MSc European Politics and Policy
  • MSc International Business
  • MSc Linguistics
  • MSc Management
  • MSc Marketing

Some went on to study other degrees including*:

  • Graduate Diploma in Law
  • PGCE / SCITT / School Direct

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* Data taken from aggregating the responses from full-time, first degree, UK domiciled students who completed 2017/18 and 2018/19 Graduate Outcomes surveys

**Individual course names were taken from the University of Exeter's Career Destination survey (2018/19 & 2019/20) as this information is not collected within the Graduate Outcomes survey.