BA French and Russian / Careers

Year of entry: 2020

Career opportunities

Frances Jenkins

"Studying Russian at university has made me stand out from the crowd. My motivation for studying the language is usually one of the first questions I am asked by interviewers!

"My clients are Russian, so the fact that I have lived in Russia as part of my year abroad and am able to speak the language breaks down any cultural and linguistic barriers between us."

Frances Jenkins / International Dispute Resolution Lawyer & Graduate

A degree in Modern Languages and Cultures paves the way for a broad range of careers. You'll develop intercultural awareness and enhanced communication skills - both highly valued by employers. You'll also acquire transferable expertise at the very heart of language learning, including enhanced powers of perception and interpretation and advanced decision-making and multitasking skills.

With the UK's departure from the European Union, The British Council has cited French as one of the top languages required for  the UK to remain competitive globally (CBI/Pearson Education and Skills Annual Report 2018), underlining the fact that your language skills will offer you an advantage in business and finance careers.

You'll develop independence and self-confidence during your residence abroad, and your intercultural communication skills will make you a strong contender for media, journalism and PR roles.

Many of our graduates go straight into business services, marketing, advertising, management, banking or communications. Others pursue postgraduate study or further vocational training to become accountants, lawyers, teachers (both in the UK and overseas) or to enter the Civil Service.

Employers who have taken on graduates of our French courses in the past include KPMG, Deloitte, L'Oréal, BT, Louis Vuitton, Rothschild, Hilton Hotels, British Council, Teach First, Barclays, and the BBC.

Employers who have taken on graduates of our Russian courses in the past include Spencer Ogden (energy recruitment), Reach International, Macmillan Education, RWS Group, Channel Island Securities Exchange, International School of Moscow, The British School of Tashkent, JET Programme (Japan), NHS, Language Empire, openDemocracy, Russia House, Westminster Russia Forum, Gazprom Marketing & Trading, Pearson VUE, Cambridge Education & Training, Royal Mail, and Harrington Starr.

Find out more on the  Careers and employability  page.