- Careers & Employability
- Language, Culture & Communication / Applied Linguistics
- Modern Languages
What Career Is For You Based On Your Degree
Choosing a career path after graduation might cause some difficulty for a bunch of students. What career is right for me? How do I choose something related to my degree? What can I do with my degree? As I am studying a course related mainly to social sciences I thought I should answer the questions asked previously concerning (future) graduates of fields such as Linguistics and Humanities: Modern Languages and Cultures, Sociology, Psychology, Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Social Studies, Philosophy.
The theory you learn throughout a Linguistics degree, for example, prepares you to undertake careers ranging from publishing, to teaching, to PR, to HR, to communications, to marketing, to translating, to government administration. Ultimately, it all depends on your preference and what attracts you to any of these fields. The skills you will be honing on a Linguistics degree include research skills, communication skills, problem-solving, teamwork, time management, self-management and organisation skills. Moreover, some of the jobs directly linked to linguistics can be: teaching assistant, translator, librarian, publishing copy-editor, editorial assistant, information officer, marketing executive, teacher.
I will now try to be more specific and take each course at a time:
Of course, some of the typical careers for Modern Languages graduates are as interpreters and translators. However, these are not the only prospective careers to keep in mind. A passion for foreign languages includes a passion for foreign cultures that can be used as an advantage in the business world. It can include working even in IT, tourism, politics, HR, PR, distribution or logistics management, marketing, journalism, law, accounting.
Graduates of History degrees would be ideal for jobs in either teaching, or journalism, civil service, law, criminal investigation, archiving, libraries.
Prospective Psychology graduates are ideal for jobs in: advertising, marketing, banking and insurance, business management, charity work, local government, media, politics, retail and sales, teaching, therapy, tourism. Also, those who want to practice as psychologists are likely to need to go on to further study and specialise as a clinical psychologist.
With your Anthropology degree you can either become a market or social researcher, a social worker, a higher education lecturer, an HR officer, a museum/gallery curator, or even a local government officer.
Geography graduates are ideal for jobs such as: landscape architect, logistics and distribution manager, cartographer, environmental consultant, town planner or as a tourism officer.
The most obvious job is of course, working as an economist, but there are many other jobs directly related to an Economics degree: data analyst, accountant, statistician, stockbroker.
Prospective sociology graduates can be looking for jobs such as: social researcher, HR officer, PR officer, social worker, youth worker, further education teacher, advice worker, community development worker, detective, charity fundraiser.
Jobs directly related to Philosophy are: higher education teacher, lecturer, secondary school teacher, paralegal, psychotherapist, recruitment consultant, marketing executive, newspaper journalist, solicitor, stockbroker.
I really hope this post was useful to you in terms of future plans after graduation. Congrats to everyone who has already received their results and good luck to those receiving them this week (myself included haha)! Enjoy your summer and I am looking forward to writing my new blog post and keeping you updated with my activity.