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
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.