What can I do with German after I graduate?
People with languages degrees are found up to senior level in all kinds of rewarding careers. Employers value not only the language skills of German graduates, but their 'transferable skills': the mix of accuracy and creativity, confidence and sensitivity which marks the advanced linguist, and the maturity, flexibility and broadened understanding that comes from engaging with another culture and from the experience gained abroad. In recent surveys, German graduates - not just those taking 'vocational' combinations - were among the top half-dozen most employable groups.
Among our recent graduates, for example, are:
- Barristers and solicitors; international bankers; senior civil servants in Ireland and the EU
- Human resources, marketing and IT executives and consultants (e.g.at the European HQ of Compaq in Munich, or at Levi Strauss Europe in Brussels)
- Researcher on the Amerindian language Trio at Leiden University in the Netherlands
- Translators, editors and second and third level lecturers in Ireland and abroad
- Senior staff at the Irish Tourist Board in Frankfurt, Enterprise Ireland in Vienna, UNICEF Ireland and the Irish Literature Exchange in Dublin
- A senior RTE correspondent; head of subtitling at the BBC; the Italian football correspondent for a national newspaper; fashion correspondent for the London 'Times', Beijing correspondent Irish Times.
- Hotel manager in Thailand; director's assistant at the Schaubühne theatre, Berlin
We take a close interest in the careers of our graduates, and try to help them prepare themselves as well as possible for the world of work, firstly by encouraging them to develop their linguistic and intellectual skills to a high level, secondly through programmes, such as departmental Careers Nights and a GradLink Programme pioneered in this Department in close cooperation with the College Careers Service.