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 Careers Officer, one of the teaching staff who can advise you on your strengths and possible future careers
  • 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?

  • 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?