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If you have a strong interest in more than one subject, such as the history of art, languages or sociology, rather than a specific area of work, a wide variety of careers will still be open to you after you finish your studies. You’ll also gain useful transferable skills such as the ability to analyse information, solve problems and presenting your ideas to employers. There are opportunities to work in industry, commerce, government or the professions as well as the voluntary and charity work sectors.

Alternatively, you may want to pass on your enthusiasm for your subject and work as a lecturer or take on further training to become a teacher.

What areas can I work in?

Graduates in arts, social sciences and languages work in the Civil Service, local government, business, commercial, industrial and managerial posts. Work in advertising and the media attracts some. Others go into marketing or sales. Work in information technology, law, travel and tourism, and culture is also possible.

Courses are split into the following sectors: cultural studies, English, history, humanities, languages, politics, religion and sociology.

What kind of companies can I work for?

There are a wide range of possible employers including:

What’s the job market like?

Due to the extensive areas that arts, social sciences and language graduates can work in, it is beyond the scope of this article to detail the job market prospects for each profession!

More than 50% of graduate jobs in the UK do not require any particular degree subject. It is the key academic skills that arts, humanities and social sciences graduates gain that make them desirable candidates in such a wide range of professions. The British Academy lists these as: communication and collaboration; research and analysis; and independence and adaptability.

Languages is always a competitive area to enter, particularly for interpreter and translator jobs. According to a 2017 British Council report, the same languages are consistently in the top 5 as being the most important languages for the UK: Spanish, Mandarin, French, Arabic and German. Following some way behind are Italian, Dutch (replacing Turkish), Portuguese, Japanese and Russian.

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Want to find out more?

If you are thinking of studying languages two web sites developed for young people in England by the Routes into Languages programme may be of interest. The first is 'Why study languages?' and the second is 'Studying languages at university'.

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