Modern languages degrees do not tend to lead down any single dominant career path; instead, they provide skills that are recognized by recruiters in a wide range of industries. That said, while studying a modern language at university doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll end up working abroad, it will certainly help if you like the sound of an international career. Chan Wai Meng, director of the Centre for Language Studies at the National University of Singapore, identifies two distinct career paths for modern languages graduates. The first is as a ‘languages specialist’, working in roles such as translation and interpretation (which may require some further training and certification), language teaching, or within international organizations. The second type of career path, Chan says, is as a humanities and social sciences ‘generalist’ – someone who has “a good all-round education and the necessary methodological competence to adapt to and learn new professions.”
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