Careers and Employability


Did you know?

  • In the Guardian University Guide 2016 the department was joint 5th (with Exeter) in the UK for language graduate employability.
  • In The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2016 and the Complete University Guide 2017 the department is 1st for employment in French and Spanish.
  • Lancaster University is ranked number one in the north-west for graduate employment, with 78.1% of students going into a graduate jobs or postgraduate study within the first six months of leaving.
  • 93.6% of our language graduates find employment when leaving the university – 89.8% undertake graduate level employment or postgraduate study.

What do you get as a student of languages and cultures?

  • In-depth first-hand experience of non-UK languages and cultures
  • Enhanced powers of expression and communication
  • Analytical and organisational skills
  • Flexibility, adaptability, ability to cope with challenges
  • Confidence and ability to work with others

What transferable skills do you gain?

  • Self-motivation
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Organisational, time and priority management skills
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Ability to deal with new challenges situations and to manage change
  • Ability to think creatively, self-critically and independently

How do we support our students?

  • Work experience and academic reflection via Professional Contexts for Modern Languages module 
  • Work placements in industry and education, both while in Lancaster and during the Year Abroad
  • Employing them as Departmental Student Ambassadors at Open and Visit Days and Schools Outreach and Inreach events 
  • Departmental AEC (Academic Employment Champion) one of the teaching staff who will advise you on career matters including internships and training as well as put you in touch with relevant students services
  • Employability resources and job ads uploaded and constantly updated on the DeLC Web platform
  • Careers with Languages events: former graduates share their success stories and tips with current undergraduates
  • Lancaster Award giving you recognition for extra-curricular activities to help boost your CV

What do Lancaster University Careers Service provide?

Through 'Target Connect' and our Careers Service you can access:

  • One-to-one guidance, including mock interviews, offered by careers consultants 
  • Workshops on a range of topics including CV writing and interview techniques
  • Employer presentations and skills workshops, including an a variety of careers fairs
  • Career Mentoring Programme 

Who are DeLC's Friends and Partners?

  • The department has a list of business friends and partners who regularly welcome our students on internships and placements
  • Our network of Alumni regularly contributes to supporting our current students' professional development