Modern Languages and Business Management graduates have a range of skills and knowledge that are highly prized by graduate employers.
- Strong oral and written communication skills in English and one or more other languages;
- A deep awareness understanding and appreciation of other cultures and core topics in Business Management;
- Critical thinking skills, alongside the ability to research, analyse and interpret the information that you have gathered;
- Independence and experience of living abroad;
- Leadership and teamwork;
- Handling complex information;
- The ability to form concise and articulate arguments;
- Managing your time effectively and prioritising your workload;
Our graduates are highly employable and go in to an incredibly wide range of careers, both in this country and abroad. In the most recent survey, 87% of Modern Languages and 94% of Business Management graduates were in work or further study 6 months after graduation – 80% and 95% respectively of those were in professional or managerial roles.
Example employers include:
- Harper Collins
- Deutsche Bank
- Royal Bank of Scotland
- Aura Financial
- British Airways
- Pricewaterhouse Coopers
- The British Council
- French Connection
- Educational institutions in the UK and overseas
- Local and central government
Example Occupations include:
- Editorial Project Leader
- International Sales Coordinator
- Investigation Specialist
- Operations Analyst
- Marketing Officer
- Account Executive
- Account Planner
Example further study programmes include:
- PgDip Education
- MA Social Work
- PGCE (various)
- Graduate Diploma in Law
- MA Hispanic Studies
- MA Translation Studies
- MSc International Business
Our graduates enter the wide range of careers similar to other arts, humanities and business graduates but with much greater scope in international settings.
You will benefit from events in both departments whereby graduates return to campus to talk to current students about their careers, how to find opportunities and the wide variety of roles available to linguists and business management graduates.
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.