Hope all is going well. It is getting very cold here in London and I do not like it one bit, however, life must go on. Today I will be discussing potential jobs that you can do using a language degree since I remember the negativity when I was studying my degree- people used to tell me that all I could do was become a teacher. Although, that is one avenue that you can go down, in this blog post I hope to break the stereotypes and show you the variety of career roots that you can go down by interviewing three languages graduates (including myself). I hope you enjoy the post 🙂
Here are some graduate’s responses to the questions: What did you study? What job do you do now? And do you think that your degree helped you to get the job that you have today?:
Giulia- Email Executive
I have a degree in English and German Languages and Literatures, but now I work in a completely different area: marketing, to be more specific email marketing and CRM.
It’s something that happened randomly, thanks to an internship that I successfully landed after a few months after the graduation. Before that, I had no idea that marketing could have been such an interesting career to pursue, as my degree didn’t involve any course on the topic. I’m now basically involved in everything that connects my company to the customers, via that great tool that is the email. Being a complete newbie to it, it took some time to get all the necessary skills to actually work on it, as it is pretty technical and not general as a language or literature could be.
Nevertheless, I wouldn’t say that studying languages didn’t really help me get the job I have now. After all, if I hadn’t studied English for so many years and felt confident about it and how to survive in Britain (tested after many stays and an Erasmus project), I probably wouldn’t have moved to London from my home country, Italy.
Lewis, Languages Teacher
Hey! I’m Lewis, I’m 23 and I graduated with a 2:1 in BA French and Music from Royal Holloway, University of London. With regards to the French side of my degree, I feel that I received an excellent tuition at RHUL, and I was able to study a wide range of topics ranging from literature to cinema, to ethics, and my personal favourite, translation.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time studying French as I was allowed to spend my third year abroad, which I used to teach English at a lycée in Châteuabriant, a small town between Rennes and Nantes in north-western France. This consolidated my desire to become a teacher (bear in mind that this was before the £25k bursary, although that helps too!) and as such, I now find myself in my first teacher training placement at a London secondary school, teaching French and Spanish to Key Stages 3 and 4. I was fortunate enough to undertake a Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course in Spanish to recover my A-Level, but I can assure you that my university-level French has put me in a great position with regards to making it accessible to younger learners
Charlotte, Digital Marketer
I graduated with a first class honors degree in BA (Hons) in French from Royal Holloway University of London. When I started my degree I felt very nervous and limited about career possibilities as I was told that I could only become a teacher/translator with my degree and I thought that was all my language skills would be worth. Although I did envision becoming a teacher for a short while due to my passion of teaching others, my year abroad teaching six formers in Paris really put me off the job.I wanted to do a job where I would be valued rather than work with students who would just want to bunk classes. Thus, after my teaching contract, I secured two paid internships at the French parliament and in the internal communications department at my university, which inspired me to work in marketing and communications.
I would say that my degree did help me to get the job that I have today as it helped me see what jobs I liked and didn’t through the jobs I did during my year abroad and during my final year. That’s not to mention the incredibility valuable skills it taught me like working with people from different cultures, how to present effectively and think outside the box as well as many other benefits. Indeed, although my job isn’t directly related to my studies, after graduating I did get many job offers that were based on a variety of skills- language, digital etc. I believe that as long as you sell your skills that you picked up during your degree, you can get any job that you want.