Published: 21 March 2017

Top jobs with a languages and translation degree

Find out what you could do with a degree in languages and translation, and discover some of the jobs Surrey languages and translation graduates have secured over the past few years.

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Learning another language provides a distinct advantage in an increasingly competitive international employment market. A degree in languages and translation can open doors to a wide range of international careers.

At the University of Surrey, our languages programmes are ranked sixth by The Guardian University Guide 2017 and our Spanish courses reached number one in the 2016 National Student Survey, with a student satisfaction rating of 100 per cent. Our students benefit from a wide range of links with internationally­ renowned companies and our emphasis on Professional Training placements is one of the main reasons for our very high employment rates in the School of English and Languages.


A language or two will definitely help you stand out from the crowd and any time you spend abroad is invaluable. - Paula Wise, BSc French and Law


Careers with a languages and translation degree

Surrey languages and translation graduates have taken up roles such as translators, interpreters, policy communicators, proofreaders, translation project managers and editors, in companies including Siemens, Macmillan Publishing, Aldi, Mercedes Benz and Lloyds Banking Group.

Many have gone on to take Masters degrees in a range of subjects, such as communication and international marketing, intercultural communication with international business, interpreting, TESOL, and translation, while others have chosen to study for PhDs in languages and translation studies, and linguistics.


Languages and translation graduate jobs

In recent years, our languages and translation graduates have secured roles including:

  • English Translator and Editor, CLS Communication (2012 graduate)
  • Project Coordinator, Geo Language Services Ltd (2012 graduate)
  • Greek Junior Project Manager, Mother Tongue Writers (2013 graduate)
  • Translation Project Assistant, Siemens (2013 graduate)
  • Marketing Administrative Assistant, Columbia Shipmanagement (2013 graduate)


 The best thing about my placement was the improvement in my Spanish, and it made me a much better business student too. Realistically, in the future, I won't be working for a UK company but a global company, so I now understand how international businesses function. - Daniel Littman, BSc Business Management and Spanish


  • Service Desk Analyst, OKI Europe Ltd (2014 graduate)
  • Policy Communications Officer, BH&HPA (2014 graduate)
  • Business English Trainer, Marcus Evans Linguarama (2014 graduate)
  • Senior Recruitment Consultant - DACH Region, Optimus Search (2015 graduate)
  • Programme Funding Assistant, WaterAid (2014 graduate)


 You develop a wide range of transferable skills studying Applied Languages, including research skills, problem-solving, decision-making, organising, interpersonal skills, intercultural communication, assertiveness training, and resilience. For many of our students, the Professional Training placement is the pinnacle of their degree, and the thing they feel sets them above other graduates when looking for a job in their final year. - Dr Lucy Bell, Lecturer in Spanish and Translation Studies and Admissions Tutor for Languages


Discover more about our language and translation degrees, our pioneering Professional Training placement scheme and student life at Surrey.

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