Articulate adventures — 5 exciting roles for anyone with a language degree


Honing your language skills doesn’t only prepare you for traditional teaching — studying a linguistics or TESOL course can point your career compass towards unexpected and exciting roles in the Himalayan foothills or the heart of Tokyo.

So if you’re ready for a job less ordinary, here are five dynamic roles for anyone with a language degree.


  1. Editing Japanese medical papers

A TESOL qualification provides you with a passport to English language teaching in Japan — and once you gain experience, the opportunity to specialise in an interesting medical niche.

A significant portion of papers published in English in international science journals come from Japan, but are edited by a native English speaker who provides precise stylistic polish.

And editing for the medical community in Japan leaves plenty of downtime to soak up adrenaline-fuelled cultural treats — from learning authentic Iga-ryu Ninjutsu in Mie Prefecture to channelling your favourite cosplay character while partying in Tokyo’s trendy Harajuku district.


  1. Legal linguistics

For any Law graduate or Paralegal looking for a fulfilling specialism, becoming a lawyer-linguist might fit the bill perfectly.

Court interpreters and legal translators make complex legal proceedings understandable and accessible to people whose native language differs from that of a particular jurisdiction.

You might become a key player in high-profile cases helping people fight their corners against the odds to finally achieve justice.


  1. EU translation

If you’re au fait with French or any other European language, your expertise will be welcomed in a range of EU institutions.

Working in the world’s largest interpreting service as an EU proof-reader, translator or conference interpreter will test your linguistic accuracy, speed and agility in an exciting and challenging environment.

And if you’re captivated by the cut and thrust of international politics, you’ll help to iron out agreements, pacts and alliances that have genuine geopolitical impact.


  1. Military intelligence

A linguist who wants to safeguard the lives of citizens during conflict and peace time might want to forge a career as a military intelligence analyst.

Working for any branch of the armed forces, this role involves precisely interpreting foreign language transmissions using the latest hi-tech surveillance equipment.

Through analysing every linguistic nuance, the insights you share with frontline operatives help them make informed decisions in dangerous environments.


  1. Teaching Buddhist monks

If you know your mudras from your mantras, teaching English at a Buddhist Monastery in Nepal allows you to immerse yourself in an enlightening experience while sharing your language skills.

You’ll lead lively language lessons and capture the Karma that comes from helping monks and nuns translate their peaceful philosophy for a global audience.

Language qualifications are always suitable for some form of teaching — but these five exciting roles prove that there are several outstanding options available that take you beyond the classroom and around the world.

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