Literatures, Languages & Cultures

Alumni and futures

We are proud to have a worldwide community of 15,000 graduates. Be inspired by their stories, and find out what our Alumni team and Careers Service can do for you.

What's it like to graduate during a pandemic?

Multi Story Edinburgh Podcast season one

Multi Story Edinburgh is the University’s podcast telling the stories of 2020 graduates. Episodes include:

  • French and Spanish MA (Hons) graduate Róisín talking about moving to Manchester to take up a graduate position at City Football Group

Listen to Róisín’s story

  • French and German MA (Hons) graduate Maria talking about her role teaching English in the bilingual Swiss city of Biel/Bienne

Listen to Maria's story

Meet our graduates: Bhavika Govil

The joint winner of the inaugural Pontas & JJ Bola Emerging Writers Prize talks to us about developing her Creative Writing dissertation into an award-winning novel-in-progress.

Meet our graduates: Emily Lewis

A graduate in Arabic and French, who won awards for her student volunteering work, Emily is now a journalist in Beirut, Lebanon.

Meet our graduates: Damian Platt MBE

We talk to the author of “Nothing by Accident: Brazil on the Edge” about how studying languages at Edinburgh led to a career in human rights and building a world-class skatepark.

Meet our graduates: Ella Leith

Having studied Scottish Ethnology as both an undergraduate and postgraduate, Ella has developed particular expertise in British Sign Language storytelling in Scottish deaf communities.

Stepping back into our French theatre archive

Graduate Marka Rifat reflects on her time in Les Escogriffes in the late 1970s and how student societies and creative networks can add so much to the university experience.

Meet our graduates: Kimaya Kulkarni

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An MSc in Comparative Literature graduate, Kimaya is the founding editor of the bilingual Bilori Journal, part of the ‘decoloniszing our bookshelves’ project on marginalised and intersectional identities.

What will your story be?

Kirsti Ferrier from the University Careers Service
Kirsti Ferrier

Kirsti Ferrier is the dedicated Careers Consultant for the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures.

As your Careers Consultant, Kirsti can support you with all aspects of your career planning and decision making.  

The Careers Service is here for you both on campus and online. It is available to all students throughout the year, including holidays. From CV feedback to interview practice, summer placements to graduate posts, careers fairs to alumni events, the service is all about inspiring futures!

What can you do? 

  • Plan your next steps with the Careers Service's new Careers Compass
  • Get started with a series of new toolkits; you’ll find them in the self-enrol catalogue on Learn. 
  • Check out the development opportunities on MyDevelopmentHub 
  • Brush up your CV with the help of CV360 

During teaching time, Kirsti offers online one-to-one 'quick query' appointments on Wednesdays between 11.00 and 12.00. Book  through MyCareerHub from 8am on the day.

The Careers Service also offers 30 minute discussions – book two days in advance (any consultant / any day).

Book an appointment on MyCareerHub

Visit the Careers Service website

Alumni support and stories - past and present

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Shirley Pu, Russian Studies and History of Art MA (Hons), 2017

From career support to mentoring opportunities, special alumni events and exclusive benefits, the University of Edinburgh's Alumni Services team is dedicated to life-long links with our students. The team is regularly in touch with our graduates, and finding stories about historical students too.

Read an interview with Shirley Pu on the Alumni Services website

Shirley Pu spent four years studying Russian and History of Art and now works for a museum in Hong Kong. She is also President of the University of Edinburgh Alumni Club of Hong Kong.