Literatures, Languages & Cultures

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.

Skills and experience 

Think ahead - employers love to see languages on a CV

Studying one or more languages to degree level demonstrates that you're a good communicator, a resilient problem solver, and someone open to other cultures and new ideas – what employers value as Intercultural Competence.

Beyond the language skills you'll develop on a language programme, and the nuanced understanding you will gain of other cultures and societies, graduating with a four-year honours degree from the University of Edinburgh shows high-level intellectual strength and flexibility, including the ability to understand, analyse and articulate key concepts, and to work to varied briefs to deadline, both independently and in groups.

Opportunities at home and away

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. Within the private, public, not-for-profit, and for-benefit sectors, previous graduates have gone on to career pathways in:

* Business, finance and commerce

* Communications, marketing, advertising and public relations

* Education, outreach, advocacy and training

* Journalism, broadcasting and media

* Leisure, tourism and travel

* Politics, policy work, diplomacy, civil service and law

* Publishing, culture, heritage and the arts

* Research, development and venture acceleration

* Translating and interpreting

Further study

The enhanced research skills you will develop on a four-year programme, particularly in your honours years, are a valuable asset if you wish to continue studying at postgraduate level. At the University of Edinburgh, for example, you can study a Masters by Research degree in a language, or take an interdisciplinary taught Masters programme such as Comparative Literature, Intermediality, Film Studies or Translation Studies.

Careers advice

The University of Edinburgh has an excellent Careers Service. Throughout your time with us, we will encourage you to identify and hone your employability skills, including through peer initiatives such as Life After LLC (Literatures, Languages and Cultures) where you can draw inspiration from our graduates.

Find out more about the Careers Service

Meet our language graduates

Photo of Zara Zaman
Arabic and French graduate Zara is the co-founding Director of the Inspire Launch Grow Awards emerging enterprise finalist, Edventure.

Zara Zaman - Arabic and French 2021

Damian Platt MBE - Italian and Spanish 1995

Francesca Triggs - Chinese 2017

Ian Kapuza - Russian Studies and Politics 2011

Rosie Hedger - Scandinavian Studies 2010