Information for parents

Parents and students often think of languages as simply an academic subject, with career options limited to language teaching, translating or interpreting. Listed below are key resources and websites to show the wide range of language-related career options.

Languages Work

Launched in 2004 as part of the National Languages Strategy, this popular campaign shows through individual case studies, fact sheets, promotional materials and a comprehensive website the vast array of career opportunities on offer.

Recruitment agencies and job sites

According to recruitment agency Reed, employees who use languages in their work earn on average 8% more. Getting students to look at real job adverts online is a great way of showing the importance of language skills in the workplace. You can find current vacancies on the websites of specialist language recruitment agencies.

700 reasons to study languages

Many of the 700 reasons stored in an online database by the Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies are connected with careers and employability – and each and every reason is clearly referenced to help you find out more direct from the source.

‘A wider perspective and more options’

This 2006 report by the Higher Education Academies, including the Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies, investigates the long term employability of Humanities graduates. It highlights the wide range of skills they possess and the diversity of career paths they follow, as well as the barriers they can face.

Further graduate information and research

If you need to give students an incentive to carry on with their languages to A Level and beyond, you can refer to the 2008 report by HEFCE which showed that three and a half years after graduating, languages graduates have the highest average salary of all graduates. Find more languages careers information on the Graduate Prospects website.