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School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Careers prospects

Modern Languages students have some of the best job prospects around, and employers are increasingly keen to take on people who have a global perspective and an ability to communicate in languages beyond English.

High-level knowledge of Modern Foreign language will give you a distinct advantage on the job market, whether in the UK, in Europe or elsewhere in the world. As Britain negotiates its position in a fast-changing world, the future will increasingly belong to those who stand out because they master other languages.

Where language subjects can take you

Careers in languages


  • Language teacher
  • Interpreter
  • Translator
  • Cultural briefing consultant
  • Website constructor
  • Digital subtitler/dubber
  • Tour guide

Careers with languages


  • Banking
  • Multinational corporations
  • Law (postgraduate conversion course)
  • Diplomatic Service (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)
  • Marketing
  • Journalism / Media / Publishing


Queen Mary Careers and Enterprise

Can provide information, advice and guidance on topics ranging from choosing a career to finding work experience and starting your own business -


What a difference the year Abroad makes:

Research shows that the Year Abroad is highly valued by employers. In September 2014, The Erasmus Impact Study: Effects of mobility on the skills and employability of students and the internationalisation of higher education institutions, found that internationally mobile students are half as likely to experience long-term unemployment compared with those who have not studied or trained abroad and that, five years after graduation, their unemployment rate is still 23% lower.

Graph with statistics on employability

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