- A Modern Languages degree - a career advantage
- Skills acquired by language graduates
- Destinations for 2009-10 language leavers
- Which sectors do Modern Languages graduates work in?
- Oxford University Careers Service
Oxford aims to produce world-class linguists, and the skills gained and fostered by studying languages at degree level are much prized by employers. Their knowledge and transferable skills ensure that modern linguists are among the most sought-after graduates in Britain. Among the careers successfully followed by modern linguists are: journalism, management, law, teaching and lecturing, arts and administration, civil and diplomatic service, environmental and development work, and many more.
The Faculty's graduating students of summer 2010 have a higher percentage in employment or further study than the University average (93% > 87%), and an even smaller figure in unemployment. National data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency indicate, furthermore, that Modern Languages graduates have one of the highest rates of employment across all subject areas, exceeded only by medical disciplines and law.
The University's Careers Service has expertise in advising modern linguists in their graduate prospects, including a large range of international opportunities.
The table below shows the subject-related and transferable skills that a language student is expected to develop. A more detailed description is available at: http://www.mod-langs.ox.ac.uk/files/docs/careers/QAA_languages.pdf
The data below are based on 173 undergraduates and 56 postgraduates who responded to a survey about their activities six months after leaving.
Breakdown of Further Study - Undergraduates
Breakdown of Further Study - Postgraduates
Studying languages opens up career paths which are built round language skills, such as translation, interpreting or teaching. Language skills can also give you a competitive advantage quite literally in every other career, and a languages degree fosters a wide range of cognitive, communicative and other ‘transferable’ skills that are highly valued by employers. The below infographic shows just how varied the career paths of linguists can be. The data was compiled by the Careers Service at the University of Oxford from graduates of Modern Languages at the University of Oxford, six months after leaving.