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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Careers and Employment

Cambridge graduates have an excellent employability rate in every sector, and linguists have a particularly good record.

The value of languages and linguistics expertise is fully recognised across the board (e.g. by the British Chambers of Commerce and in reports commissioned by the British Council), and as an MMLL graduate you will have a wide range of career options ahead of you. The specialist knowledge of languages and cultures, skills of analysis and argumentation, advanced communication and computing skills, together with the experience in independent thinking and project management, are highly sought-after competencies in the job market.

During your studies in Modern Languages or Linguistics you will develop many of the transferable skills sought by employers. Cambridge University Careers Service provides examples of the skills and knowledge with which a degree in Modern Languages or Linguistics will equip you, and examples of the careers that an MMLL degree can lead you onto. 

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Over 90% of MML graduates are in employment or further study 6 months after graduation. Our graduates find employment in a wide range of professions including language teaching (school and university level), translation/ interpreting, journalism, publishing, marketing, public service, banking and investment, accountancy, law, logistics and distribution, teaching English as a foreign language, arts and recreation, speech and language therapy, and information technology among many others.

Read more about Modern Languages and career opportunities here and see what some of our former students have gone on to do here.

The Prospects website has a page on using your Modern Languages degree.

Detailed information on careers and graduate destinations can be found on the University of Cambridge Career Service webpage, on CamDATA/Unistats and the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

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