Amongst our 2013 cohorts, 87% of Modern Languages and 95% of Music graduates were in work or further study 6 months after graduation.
During your degree, you will acquire skills and knowledge that are highly prized by employers in many sectors, including:
- Strong communication skills in English and one or more other languages;
- A deep understanding of other cultures;
- Critical thinking skills, alongside the ability to research, analyse and interpret information;
- Independence and experience of living abroad;
- Leadership and teamwork;
- Handling complex information;
- The ability to form concise and articulate arguments;
- Managing your time and prioritising your workload;
Graduates in these areas have gone on to work at:
- City of London Sinfonia;
- the BBC;
- Purcell School;
- Island Records UK;
- Cartwright Communications;
- Royal Opera House;
- Royal Academy of Music;
- Educational institutions.
- Eurocity Group
- Harper Collins
- Deutsche Bank
- Royal Bank of Scotland
- IQD Frequency Products
- Aura Financial
- JC Decaux
- Town Hall Symphony Hall Birmingham
- British Airways
- Pricewaterhouse Coopers
- The British Council
- French Connection
- Local and central government
Examples of graduate jobs include:
- Accompanist Composer;
- International Events Manager;
- Lecturer Music Teacher;
- Orchestra Administrator;
- Trainee Orchestra Manager;
- Performance Music Assistant;
- Film Composer;
- Marketing Assistant;
- Editorial Project Leader
- International Sales Coordinator
- Investigation Specialist
- Operations Analyst
- Marketing Officer
- Account Executive
- Account Planner
Graduates from both areas return to campus to talk to current students about their careers, how to find opportunities and the wide variety of roles available. Recent speakers hold positions such as Teacher; Jazz Festival Manager at Cheltenham Festivals; Music Therapist at Music Therapy Works; Broadcast Journalist at the BBC; Customer Service and Admin Assistant at DanceXChange; a director-level role at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office; and Assistant Registrar at the University of Birmingham.
Read more about why studying languages is great for your career.
Developing your career
Employers target University of Birmingham students for their diverse skill-set and our graduate employment statistics have continued to climb at a rate well above national trends. If you make the most of our wide range of opportunities you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.
- Careers events - we hold events covering careers in teaching, event management, marketing and working with charities to help you meet potential employers and learn more about these sectors.
- Global Challenge - you can apply to work overseas on an expenses-paid placement during your summer vacation through our Global Challenge initiative.
- Work experience bursary - we encourage you to apply your skills in the workplace by undertaking internships in the summer. Our work experience bursaries allow you to apply for funding to support you during unpaid internships.
- Cultural Internships - our innovative Cultural Internships offer graduates the opportunity for a six month paid internship at a leading cultural institution in the West Midlands. These internships will give you professional experience to set you apart in a competitive graduate market. Our current partners include Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery, Birmingham REP, Birmingham Royal Ballet, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust, Library of Birmingham.
There are also internships available at our own cultural assets, such as Winterbourne House, the Lapworth Museum, and the Barber Institute of Fine Arts.
To enhance your career prospects even further, you will need to think about engaging in some extra-curricular activities to broaden your skills and network of contacts.
- Undergraduate Research Scholarship Scheme - our College of Arts and Law undergraduate research scholarship scheme enables interested students to work on a current academic research project being run by one of our academic researchers. Undergraduate research scholars gain work experience over the summer after their first or second year and have the chance to develop skills in both collaborative and independent research.
- Personal Skills Award - our employer-endorsed award-winning Personal Skills Award (PSA) recognises your extra-curricular activities, and provides an accredited employability programme designed to improve your career prospects.
- Guild of Students - there is a vast number of student groups and volunteering opportunities offered by the Guild of Students, which cover a wide variety of interests.