Are languages respected?Watch
Yes, yes, yes I hear that there are so many different possibilities and pathways.... however do language graduates acquire the skills to be employed? If people realised that languages were so valuable.... then why aren't many people studying them at uni? Many of my friends say that although languages are highly desirable....they need another skill, therefore, combining languages with another subject i.e history, business, etc would make them more employable. On the other hand, these kind of cominbed degrees don't really appeal to me, so I was wondering whether language graduates are truly sucessful.... all university prospectuses would of course shed light for this matter..
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Career paths in which a languages-only degree won't be a barrier are few, namely:
The big grad schemes which accept any degree
For everything else, the problem is that 'languages' isn't a job. An employer is usually not looking for "a French speaker" - they are looking for a French-speaking accountant, a French-speaking laywer, a French-speaking engineer, etc. Somebody with a languages-only degree leaves uni with a great skill, but no professional specialism in which to actually use it. The non-specialised foreign language jobs market in the UK is almost entirely call centre based. Please before dismissing this take a look at a popular careers site and just type in "French-speaking" and look at the jobs that come up. Once you take out teaching and translation, the majority of the jobs in the UK which specifically ask for a language are foreign language customer service/call centre jobs, particularly for travel companies.
It really comes down to what you want to do with your degree. If you are passionate about doing one of the careers in the top list and are confident you will never want to or need to fall back on the general graduate job market then do go ahead and do a language-only degree. For a language lover it is absolute heaven and I won't deny I enjoyed it. But nothing is ever certain - if I had my time again I would have just added that extra element of security to my degree by adding business, accounting, or something with professional relevance to my degree, and talked to those who had actually graduated and gone through the jobhunting process rather than listening blindly to uni promotional materials which assure you that employers love languages without mentioning which employers with what prospects.