BA English Language and Japanese / Careers

Year of entry: 2022

Career opportunities

A degree in languages paves the way for an exceptionally broad range of careers. 

You will develop analytical and problem-solving skills together with intercultural awareness and communication skills - which are highly valued by employers. 

Studies show that over two-thirds of UK businesses value foreign language skills; through your studies, you'll acquire transferable expertise at the very heart of language learning, including enhanced powers of perception and interpretation and advanced decision-making and multitasking skills. 

Your in-depth understanding of language will open numerous paths with an international dimension, and you'll have developed excellent all-round communication skills that will make you a strong contender for openings in the media, PR and similar areas. 

Many of our graduates go straight into business services, marketing, advertising, management, banking or communications. 

Others opt for postgraduate study or further vocational training to become accountants, lawyers, teachers (in the UK or abroad) or enter the Civil Service. 

The University of Manchester is the most targeted university in the UK for top graduate employers (High Fliers Research, 2019).

Employers who have taken on graduates of our department's courses in the past include The Guardian, L'Oreal, Universal Music Group, and Vodafone, as well as Dell, Nova (Kyoto) and Berlitz. 

Find out more on the Careers and employability pages for Linguistics and English Language  and Modern Languages and Cultures .

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 .