This programme provides both academic excellence and vocational development; a highly sought-after balance by employers in today's professional, intellectual and creative industries. Over 90% of our graduates enter work or further study within six months of graduation (DLHE 2017).
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 your target language
- An appreciation of the past and how this impacts on the present
- 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
- Eurocity Group
- Harper Collins
- Birmingham Children’s Hospital
- JP Morgan
- Ministry of Justice
- National Trust
- Teach First
- Thames Water
- Deutsche Bank
- Weightmans LLP
- Major Gifts Officer
- Management trainee
- PR and Media Relations Intern
- Ship Broker
- Strategy Analyst
- Account Administrator
- Editorial Project Leader
- International Sales coordinator
- Investigation Specialist
- Sales Executive
- Account Executive
- Graduate Trainee
- Marketing Officer
- Operations Analyst
Examples of further study include:
- Graduate Diploma in Law
- MA Antiquity
- MA Magazine Journalism
- MA Medieval Studies
- MRes Modern History
- MSc Economic History
- PGCE (various)
- MA Social Work
- MA Translation Studies
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 variety of roles available to both linguists and historians. Recent speakers have held high-profile roles at the BBC and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Developing your career
There is a range of opportunities through our
Careers Network and beyond. For example, 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.
Current partners include Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham REP, Birmingham Royal Ballet, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust, and the Library of Birmingham. There are also internships available at the University’s own cultural assets, such as Winterbourne House, the Lapworth Museum, and the Barber Institute of Fine Arts.
There are regular events each year covering careers in teaching, events management, working with charities and more, to help you meet potential employers and learn more about a range of sectors.
There are also summer internship opportunities and work experience bursaries, which allow you to apply for funding to support you during any unpaid internships. You may also want to apply to work overseas on an expenses-paid placement through our
Global Challenge Internship Programme.
To enhance your career prospects even further, you may want to engage in extra-curricular activities to broaden your skills and your network of contacts.
Our College of Arts and Law Undergraduate Research Scholarship Scheme enables interested students to work on a current academic research project run by one of our researchers in drama and theatre. You gain work experience over the summer after your first or second year and have the chance to develop skills in both collaborative and independent research.
Personal Skills Award (PSA) recognises your extra-curricular activities, and provides an accredited employability programme designed to improve your career prospects.
There are also a huge number of student groups and volunteering opportunities offered by the
Guild of Students, our students’ union, which cover a wide variety of interests across drama and the arts.
With more than 300 societies and groups at The Guild, there is something for everyone.If your interest does not yet have a group, then The Guild will support you to set it up and find likeminded individuals to join you.