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How My Modern Languages Degree Helped My Career!

University of Birmingham alumni talk about how their Modern Languages degrees have impacted their successful careers since graduating.

Why study Modern Languages at Birmingham?
By studying Modern Languages, you will acquire skills that are highly prized by employers including:
Strong communication skills in different languages
A deep understanding and appreciation of other cultures
Independence and experience of living abroad
Critical thinking alongside the ability to research, analyse and interpret information
The ability to form concise and articulate arguments
Time management

The Year Abroad
One of the most exciting elements of any degree in Modern Languages is the opportunity to spend your third year abroad, perfecting your language skills, developing a thorough appreciation of another culture and acquiring all manner of transferable skills.

The number of countries you visit will usually mirror the number of languages you are studying. There are a variety of possible ways in which you can spend your Year Abroad, with a combination of studying, teaching, and/or working. Find out more about the year abroad.

Opportunities to develop your skills
You will benefit from organised events in the Department whereby our graduates return to campus to talk to current students about their careers, how to find opportunities and the variety of roles available to linguists.

The curriculum also has an increased focus on professional development in areas such as: presenting, CV-building, debating, and developing digital projects in the target language. You can study vocational modules in areas such as Translation, Language Teaching, Legal Culture, Business and more; leading into a wide range of career prospects.

Alumni stories
Modern Languages graduates enter the wide range of careers similar to other arts and humanities graduates but with much greater scope in international settings. Example roles include: Teacher, International Sales Coordinator, Marketing Officer, Editorial Project Leader and Consultant. Employers include: The British Council, HSBC, British Airways, Harper Collins and Capita.

Other graduates pursue further study including: PGCE Modern Foreign Language, MA Hispanic Studies, MA Translation Studies, Graduate Diploma in Law.

0:00 Introductions
0:44 Why choose Birmingham?
0:57 Attend an Open Day
1:30 Understand the culture of a people
1:57 The Year Abroad
2:42 Transferrable skills – communication
3:02 Perspective and the ability to challenge
3:28 Pitching to clients and negotiating
3:49 Craft a clear argument and break through something complex
4:17 Fall in love with a language and culture

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