90% of our students enter work or further study within six months of graduation (DLHE 2017).
Modern Languages and Business Management graduates have a range of skills and knowledge that are highly prized by graduate employers:
- A deep awareness understanding and appreciation of other cultures and core topics in Business Management
- Strong oral and written communication skills in English and one or more other languages
- 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
- 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
Our graduates are highly employable and go in to an incredibly wide range of careers, both in this country and abroad.
- 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. The Modern Languages 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 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
The University of Birmingham is the most targeted university by the country’s top graduate employers according to The Graduate Market 2021 report. Our Careers Network are here to offer you tailored, expert advice on your career plans and support you with finding and applying for jobs, internships and further study. There are hundreds of events to help you meet potential employers and learn more about the breadth of opportunities and career sectors available to you.
Support will be offered to you covering the whole job application process, including CVs, LinkedIn, application forms, interviews and assessment centres. You can also email our experienced Careers Advisers and College Teams to review your applications or answer any careers related question, alongside our on campus and online 1:1 appointments.
We have a number of exclusive Internship Programmes such as our Cultural Internships, which will give you paid, professional experience to set you apart in the graduate market. We also offer work experience bursaries, which allow you to apply for funding to support you during any unpaid internships.
First years can take part in the The Birmingham Project, with themes including celebrating arts and culture and shaping a global society. There’s also a successful Mentoring Programme, where you can gain access to experienced Mentors who can empower, inspire and inform you about their experiences. As a University of Birmingham student you will also be given access to LinkedIn Learning giving free access to real world training courses to kick start your careers.
If you want to earn money WorkLink advertises convenient part-time job opportunities on campus to fit round your studies.
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 employer-endorsed, award-winning Personal Skills Award (PSA) recognises your extra-curricular activities, and provides an accredited employability programme.
There are more than 500 student groups and volunteering opportunities offered by the Guild of Students (our Students’ Union) so you’re bound to find activities that you want to be involved in whilst meeting friends who share your interests.