SOAS University of London

Japan & Korea Section, Department of East Asian Languages & Culture

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.

Who do graduate work for?

SOAS Languages and Cultures of Japan and Korea graduates have gone on to employment in a range of professional roles in both business and public sectors, such as national governments in many parts of the world, international organisations, and development agencies, educational  and cultural establishments, non-governmental organisations, and academia, various United Nations organisations, publishing and media organisations.

Destination of 2015 graduates (Undergraduates)

All undergraduate students are contacted 6 months after graduation (so for undergraduate students this is in January) to find out what they were doing - working, studying or something else, such as travelling. We find out this data in the summer, so here is the latest information from the 42 known destinations of the 2015 UK, EU and International graduates of single and joint honours studies within the department.

Example employers
Accenture Korea Trade Centre (KOTRA)
Daiwa Capital Markets Europe KPMG
European Alliance for Human Rights in North Korea (EAHRNK) Mizuho Bank
Geffrye Musuem Nagahama Board of Education
Japanese Government The Jet Programme


Example occupations
Assistant Correspondent Game Master and Japanese Translator
Co-Ordinator of International Relations Junior Broker Trader
Corporate Intelligence Investigator Markets Relationship Manager
Digital Strategy Consulting Analyst Trainee Immigration Adviser
Financial Analyst Recruitment Co-Ordinator


Destinations of 2015 graduates (postgraduates)

All postgraduate students are contacted 6 months after graduation (so for postgraduate students this is in April) to find out what they were doing - working, studying or something else, such as travelling. This data is added to the Undergraduate survey the following January and we receive the data in the summer (i.e. approximately 18 months after graduation).

There were insufficient numbers for this survey, however see below for examples of destinations of previous postgraduates.

Example employers
Bloomberg L.P Storm Research
Korea University Transport for London (Art on the Underground)
National Portrait Gallery Westkin Associates
Star Stable Entertainment AB Yonsei University


Example occupations
Communications Officer Freelance Japanese Translator
Early Childhood Development Intern German Speaking Markets Manager
Financial Analyst Lecturer / Head of Educational Department


What do Graduates do?

Job Profiles and Careers Information

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