Most people study modern languages because of their interest and ability in the subject. For most graduates teaching is a popular career choice, undertaking primary and secondary Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) or beginning careers teaching English on an international basis. Others go into jobs in which their language skills are desirable, such as the media, sales, e-commerce, and areas of finance.
With ever more European and international connections, such skills will grow in importance and can give you a real advantage in applying for a wide range of graduate jobs.
Ability in languages is increasingly valued by a wide range of employers across all sectors, including industry and business. They recognise that a degree in modern languages is evidence not only of linguistic skills and cultural awareness but also of other personal transferable skills needed in employment.
You will develop the self-confidence to communicate orally as well as on paper, to work effectively in a group, to organise and plan your work and to find solutions to problems by critical, logical and creative thinking. Consequently our graduates find work in diverse areas such as tourism, marketing, management, civil service, advertising and the media, teaching and banking.
The University’s careers advisers offer considerable help and support to undergraduates planning their future. A careers adviser is dedicated to providing support within the School of Modern Languages.
Find out what recent graduates went on to do and view graduate destinations statistics. These statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation:
Newcastle University consistently has one of the best records for graduate employment in the UK. 93.4% of our 2011 UK/EU graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating. More than three quarters (78.7%) of our graduates who entered employment achieved a graduate level position.
We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through an initiative called ncl+ which enables you to develop personal, employability and enterprise skills and to give you the edge in the employment market after you graduate.