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Promising careers

‘If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful after all.’

Michelangelo

A degree in Modern Languages and European Studies could be the key to a career that could take you anywhere in the world.

Our graduates' employment track records show that a degree in French, German, Italian, or European Studies at Reading offers successful career prospects in many different fields and countries.

The range of linguistic, analytical and complementary skills you will learn, along with the in-depth knowledge of a European language and culture you will acquire, and the overseas immersion you will experience during year abroad, are highly attractive to today's employers. Employers recognise the value of our graduates' language abilities as well as their superior communication skills. They also appreciate the independence and enterprise our graduates demonstrate.

Over the recent years, even in times of economic uncertainties, more than 80% of our graduates have begun a career or undertaken post-graduate studies within 6 months of graduation. (http://www.reading.ac.uk/careers/development/dlhe/reports/)

The destinations of the graduates of the Department of Modern Languages and European Studies at the University of Reading demonstrate a range of career paths and opportunities, from fashion to banking, from marketing and HR to event management, and from teaching to research. Many of our students have joined the global community and now work abroad in Europe, the Americas and Asia.

Our graduates' career successes are rooted in the excellence of their academic programmes of study and the many skills they have developed, including plurilingual written and verbal communication, presentation skills, critical thinking and team-work.

But at Reading we also know that finding a career path and evaluating your employment opportunities can be a challenge. That is why in the Department of Modern Languages and European Studies, with the support of our award winning Careers Centre (http://www.reading.ac.uk/careers/), we embed career training in our teaching throughout the course of study. We will help you to discover your own passions, strengths and values.

At Reading you will participate in a series of career workshops and events and will undertake a series of tasks and assignments that aim to help you to

  • learn more about your career and lifestyle preferences
  • recognise what you can offer the world of work and what it can offer you
  • think broadly about career options and patterns of work
  • pursue career ideas and identify actions you can take now to start your career journey
  • create a graduate profile for the international market

Your Reading degree will also offer you the opportunity to go on an international placement during your Year Abroad (add link). This is a unique and invaluable opportunity to boost your career prospects. It will make your CV stand out. All employers rate work experience very highly: students who can provide evidence of professional skills are particularly valued and this is all the more true when your skills and work experience have an international dimension.

Our teachers and career advisors will help you prepare for placement opportunities. At Reading you will have the chance to develop your work-related skills and to explore your career interests throughout your course of study, taking our many modules that include learn-through-work (academic placements). These innovative modules offer valuable insights into the ways in which you can use your degree in Modern Languages and European Studies to begin an exciting new career.

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