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BA French and Spanish / Careers

Year of entry: 2021

Career opportunities

BA French and Spanish - George Whitehead

"After my degree, I would like to become a modern foreign languages teacher, and the University has provided me with the indispensable academic skills that I need to enter this competitive profession.

"I have learnt how to write a CV in French and formulate a letter of complaint in Spanish. I am so grateful that my course has provided me with these lifelong transferable skills."

George Whitehead / Year 3 student

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.

The British Council has cited French and Spanish as among 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 Studies 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 Spanish courses in the past include Amaze PR, Asos, Ernst &, Eversheds, Kinetic, NHS, Procter & Gamble, JD Sports, Future First, Northern & Shell, Goldstar Brand, Rolands Dransfield, Oxfam, Teach First, Majestic Wine, Greenpeace, Lakestar McCann, The Co-operative, Partel Law, Virgin, The Big Word, and IGA Securities.  

Find out more on our Modern Languages  careers and employability  page. 

The University has its own dedicated Careers Service that you would have full access to as a student and for two years after you graduate. At Manchester you will have access to a number of opportunities to help boost your employability .