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.
What's it like to graduate during a pandemic?
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
- French and German MA (Hons) graduate Maria talking about her role teaching English in the bilingual Swiss city of Biel/Bienne
What can I do with... languages?
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.
Meet our graduates: Dima Alzayat
Meet our Graduates: Cristina Sandu
Meet our graduates: Zara Zaman
Meet our graduates: Bhavika Govil
Meet our graduates: Emily Lewis
Meet our graduates: Damian Platt MBE
What will your story be?
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 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.
Record, review and reflect on what you’ve done, and plan your next steps, with 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
Explore Careers Service Plus for premium content (MyEd 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 Kirsti
During teaching time, Kirsti offers online, one-to-one, 'quick query' appointments on Wednesdays between 11.00am and 12.00pm.
You can book through MyCareerHub from 8.00am two days in advance.
The Careers Service also offers:
- 30 minute discussions – book two days in advance, any consultant / any day
- 45 minute practice interviews - book up to two weeks in advance
Alumni support and stories - past and present
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.
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.