SOAS University of London

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 (including those with combined degrees) immediately after graduation are listed below. 

Example employers include: 

  • British Retail Consortium
  • Challengers
  • Chatham House
  • Department for Education
  • Edelman
  • Egmont Institute
  • EY
  • Hibernia College
  • Human Rights Watch
  • International Alert
  • Interpeace
  • IRIS (Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services)
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand
  • Oxfam America
  • Projects Abroad
  • Royal Collection Trust
  • SOAS, University of London
  • The Fostering Network
  • The International New York Times

Example job titles include:

  • Anthropology and Linguistics Researcher
  • Analyst in Environmental Finance
  • Assistant Account Executive
  • Assistant Project Manager
  • Customer Service Adviser
  • Diplomat (Third Secretary)
  • Deputy Leader
  • Education Co-Ordination Supervisor
  • Events and Communications Co-Ordinator
  • Finance Manager
  • Photo Researcher
  • Programme Administrator
  • Programme and Research Assistant
  • Programme Assistant
  • Project Co-Ordinator
  • Property Manager
  • Research Officer
  • Technical Team Administrator
  • Volunteer Co-Ordinator

DLHE Statistics

Graduate Destination Surveys from 2014 show that the majority graduates who could be surveyed are either in work, further study, work and study or volunteering. 

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