Literatures, Languages & Cultures

Alumni and futures

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

Meet our graduates: Ai Jiang (Creative Writing)

Ai Jiang looks looking over her shoulder, smiling at the camera
Shortlisted for the prestigious Nebula Awards and Hugo Awards, winning the Ignyte Award for Best Speculative Poetry and landing a two-book deal, cross-genre writer Ai Jiang reflects on the past few whirlwind years since graduating with an MSc in Creative Writing in 2022.

Meet our graduates: James Hanton (Film Studies)

James with his dissertation, in front of a piece of art on the 4th floor of 50 George Square
Starting his critic career in The Student during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, MSc Film Studies graduate James Hanton traces his journey from Social Anthropology to Film in this blog post, and shares insights and advice for students eager to try their hand at reviewing live shows.

Meet our graduates: Saad Siddiqui

Saad Ahmad Siddiqui on Portobello Beach in Edinburgh
Exploring Bombay Cinema through the Edinburgh cityscape, MSc Intermediality graduate Saad Siddiqui tells us about producing a short film as his final masters programme project and screening the film at events in both India and Scotland.

Meet our graduates: Iskandar Sattibaev

Iskandar Sattibaev smiling at the camera with green hills and forest in the background
A comparative literature graduate, Iskandar is the creator of SpeakEng, a mobile application helping over 100,000 people learn English in a fun and accessible way, which won him the British Council’s Study UK Alumni Award 2023 in the category for Culture and Creativity.

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: Francisca Da Silveira

Head and shoulders photo of Francisca Da Silveira on a beach with her hood up
Working full time as a playwright, Francisca Da Silveira has held two year-long fellowships and had plays staged across the USA this year. She is a Susan Smith Blackburn Prize 2023 finalist.

What can I do with... languages?

Employers love to see languages on a CV

Employers love Intercultural Competence.

Studying one or more languages demonstrates that you're a good communicator, a resilient problem solver, and someone open to other cultures and new ideas.

Increasing migration in response to changing global dynamics means that, wherever you are based in the world, the ability to understand and communicate in one or more languages, in addition to English, will make you stand out. 

Find out what careers need language skills

What will your story be?

Sarah Johnston is the dedicated Careers Consultant for the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures.

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

The Careers Service is here for you both on campus and digitally. 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? 

Whatever year you are in, and whatever stage of your planning, the Careers Service website is the best place to start.

Visit the Careers Service website

Record, review and reflect on what you’ve done, and plan your next steps, with the Careers Compass, Toolkits and Student Guide.

Use the Careers Compass, Toolkits and Student Guide

Explore the current programme of live sessions, recorded content, and resources with options for whatever stage you are at - and however you want to engage - in Career Essentials; all easily accessible in one place.

Go to Career Essentials

Premium content for current students (log-in required) includes interview & CV software, aptitude tests, career assessments, as well as LLC School-specific resources, Vault and GoinGlobal; invaluable for students seeking international careers.

Talk to the Careers Service

During teaching time, Sarah offers in-person Careers 'quick query' drop-in sessions on the first floor of 50 George Square; specific dates and timings are highlighted in emails from the Careers Service.​​ No pre-booking necessary.

The Careers Service also offers:

  • 15 minute 'quick query' general information and advice appointments (online and in-person) - no pre-booking necessary
  • 30 minute careers discussions - book two days in advance (opens at 8am every day), any consultant, Monday to Friday
  • 45 minute practice interviews - book up to three weeks in advance

Book an appointment on MyCareerHub

Visit the Careers Service website

Alumni support and stories - past and present

Pu Wei-hsuan
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.