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Modern Languages and Cultures

Careers and employability

A degree in modern languages opens the door to an exceptionally broad range of careers.

Did you know?

94% of University of Manchester graduates are working or studying after six months.

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey - 2016

Employers actively recruit our graduates for their excellent language and communications skills and in-depth intercultural understanding.

According to the British Chamber of Commerce report for 2016, over 70% of UK businesses value foreign language skills.  

This is a trend that is on the increase as ambitious firms break into new, fast-growing markets.

Career paths

Our graduates have gone on to work in areas as diverse as broadcasting; business; PR and marketing; journalism; publishing; management consulting; politics; accounting and finance; translation; interpreting; and education.

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Our award-winning careers service will provide you with support throughout your studies and up to two years after graduation, including dedicated advice specific to your subject.

You’ll experience opportunities designed to enhance your employability including optional course units such as:

  • Translation, foreign languages for business,
  • Teaching English as a second or other language (TESOL),
  • Careers and Project Management Skills for Arts, Languages and Cultures,
  • the Manchester Leadership Programme.

I wouldn’t be in the position I am in now if it wasn’t for my qualification. Most global organisations find having a language advantageous.

Carolyn Peach / BA Modern Language and Business and Management (Spanish) alumna