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Department of the Languages and Cultures of Africa

Graduate Destinations

How does a degree in the Languages and Cultures of Africa help with my career?

The department of Languages and Cultures of Africa equips students with competency in language skills and intercultural awareness and understanding.  Graduates leave SOAS not only with linguistic and cultural expertise but also with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek in many professional and management careers in both business and public sectors including written and oral communication skills; attention to detail; analytical and problem solving skills; and the ability to research, amass and order information from a variety of sources.

Former Languages and Cultures of Africa students have gone on to employment in a range of professional roles in business and public sectors, as well as continuing in the field of research either at SOAS or other institutions

Destinations of recent graduates from this department immediately after graduation include:

Job titleEmployer
Land Administrator
Programme Co-Ordinator
Graduate Researcher
UK Correspondent
Freelance Journalist
Digital Marketing and Programming Assistant
Recruitment Consultant
Conference Producer
Administrative Assistant
Sales Planner
English Teacher
Education advocate
Teacher in French and Spanish
Office Administrator
Price Waterhouse Coopers
Crew Energy
Book Aid International
Unspecified Public Government Body (Denmark)
University of London
God.com Nigeria
Freelance Journalist
The Africa Channel
AME Trade Ltd
OTJ Architects
ismail School
Love to Learn
Shooter's Hill Post 16 Campus
University of Chicago

DLHE Statistics

The chart above shows that SOAS Languages and Cultures of Africa graduates are very employable. Graduate Destination Surveys from 2013 show that the majority graduates who could be surveyed are either in work, further study, work and study or volunteering. 

Destinations Chart: Africa - 2012/13

Further information about DLHE is available on the Careers Service website.

What do Graduates do?

Job Profiles and Careers Information

  • Occupational profiles for 600 career areas on Prospects
  • Postgraduate study information and database on Prospects
  • For more information about careers, visit Careers Tagged

Relevant Links

  • Chatham House – One of the world’s leading think tanks analysing international issues
  • GCHQ – The UK government’s intelligence and security organisation 
  • Interims for Development – A UK based company providing a range of Human Resources, Training, employment and capacity building services for Africa
  • Africa Practice – A management consultancy with an Africa focus 
  • Find a Job in Africa – Online jobs board for African countries
  • Royal African Society – Jobs, events and links in Africa
  • Mbendi – Global information resource for business including company listings
  • Devdir - Directory of Development Organisations  in Africa
  • Africa Guide – Vacancy links, voluntary work and useful information about working in Africa
  • Wango – List of Development organisations by country
  • Relief Web – Vacancy search by country
  • Idealist – Search for NGOs by country and sector   
  • Global Career Company – Career opportunities in Africa for internationally orientated African graduates and professionals 
  • Afford UK – UK charity which connects UK based African organisations with mainland African civil society organisations
  • Africa Trust – Not-for-profit organisation with volunteer programmes in Africa
  • African Medical and Research Foundation – Largest health development organisation in Africa
  • Aventure – Gap year projects in Africa
  • Standard Chartered – Commercial banking opportunities in South Africa