Career Opportunities

University degrees represent a significant financial investment. So, from the very outset we encourage you to take a long-term perspective and to think about what you want do after you graduate. That way, you can construct the most appropriate combination of courses in order to acquire the required knowledge and skills.

Over 70% of our undergraduate students attain a graduate level position 6 months after graduating.

What guidance will I receive?

Together with the Careers Service we help you:

  • find out about the career opportunities available
  • choose the most suitable options for you
  • make effective job applications
  • plan and manage your future career

What skills will I learn?

Employers will be looking for highly skilled recruits. A language study course does not just teach you a body of facts, but also a range of skills, for example:

  • the practical skills of careful listening to and transcribing language
  • the analytical skills of describing and comparing languages or styles of language
  • the intellectual skills of examining and evaluating theories
  • various transferable skills (in particular, because we use computers a lot in both research and teaching, you will be able to improve your IT competence)

Our graduates are well prepared for careers which use these skills and others based on them, such as problem-solving, critical evaluation of evidence, attention to detail.

Lancaster Award

Achieve the Lancaster Award, a non-academic, non-crediting bearing certificate developed in partnership with employers to help you make the most of your time at Lancaster and to demonstrate the skills you have developed along the way. The Lancaster Award will help you stand out from the crowd and enhance your future employment prospects. 

What do students go on to do with a degree from our department?

Here are some typical areas that will be of interest to you once you've taken a degree from our department:

  • Professions involving linguistic expertise: speech therapy, dictionary-building, IT (e.g. speech recognition technology)
  • Education: teaching in schools, colleges and universities in Britain, and teaching English as a Foreign Language abroad
  • Journalism and the media, public relations
  • Publishing
  • Management
  • Higher degrees and research