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Department of the Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea

Graduate Destinations

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

A degree in the Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea from SOAS provides its students with competency in language skills and intercultural awareness and understanding. You will develop a familiarity with the region through a combination of the study of language, literature, history, cinema, politics, economics or law. Graduates leave SOAS with linguistic and cultural expertise along with a portfolio of widely transferable skills which employers seek in many professional and management careers in both business and the public sector. These include 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 Japan and Korea 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 combined degrees) immediately after graduation are listed below.

Example employers include:

  • Agenda Indust
  • Amazing Space
  • Bloomberg L.P
  • Church Mission Society (CMS)
  • Educate for Life
  • Gengo
  • Hamamatsu City
  • Inlingua
  • InsideAsia Tours
  • JET Programme
  • Korea University
  • Langley Park School for Girls
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • Seven Mills Primary School
  • Star Stable Entertainment AB
  • Storm Research
  • Transport for London (Art on the Underground)
  • Unspecified TV Production Company
  • Voxpro
  • Westkin Associates
  • Yonsei University


Example job titles include:

  • Analyst
  • Assistant Language Teacher
  • Communications Officer
  • Co-Ordinator of International Relations
  • Customer Service Assistant
  • Early Childhood Development Intern
  • Financial Analyst
  • Freelance Translator
  • Freelance Interpreter
  • German Speaking Markets Manager
  • Language Tutor
  • Lecturer
  • Head of Educational Department
  • Location Co-Ordinator
  • Online Translator
  • Personnel Officer
  • Primary School Teaching Assistant
  • Production Assistant
  • Self-Employed Japanese Language Teacher
  • Trainee Immigration Adviser
  • Visitor Service Assistant

DLHE Statistics

Graduate Destination Surveys from 2014 show that the majority of 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.

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