Skills for your CV

This section lists the skills you’ve gained as a language graduate. You might not realise you’ve acquired them but probably will once you read through the list!

Language graduate skills

Your skills depend on whether you’ve specialised in one particular area (e.g. linguistics) but typically all language graduates have the ability to:

  • Learn other languages with relative ease.
  • Apply analytical, critical and specialist skills drawn from other areas of study. For example, literature, politics, geography.
  • Appreciate internal diversity.
  • Show openness towards other cultures.
  • Reflect and judge critically in the light of evidence and argument.
  • Organise and present ideas in a framework of a structured and reasoned argument.
  • Be self-reliant, adaptable and flexible.
  • Deploy skills in ICT, note-taking and summarising, library research, mediation, analysis and problem solving.
  • Write and think well under pressure and be able to meet deadlines.
  • Communicate well with others.
  • Work creatively and flexibly with others.

Linguistics graduate skills

“Linguistics graduates have the ability to understand the dynamics of communication”

In addition to the skills mentioned above, a linguistics graduate will typically have the ability to:

  • Appreciate complex analytical systems, theoretical frameworks and research methods for planning projects, finding new data and drawing conclusions.
  • Have an appreciable control of theory and practice in other areas of study including the role of language in society, its cognitive nature, the way it is acquired and the way it changes.
  • Critically judge and evaluate evidence, especially in relation to the use of language in social, professional and other occupational contexts, translation and interpretation
  • Assess contrasting theories and explanations, including those of other disciplines, think hard about difficult issues and be confident in trying to understand new systems.
  • Abstract and synthesise information and develop problem solving strategies.
  • Manage an argument and think and judge independently.
  • Critically judge and evaluate evidence, especially in relation to the use of language in social, professional and other occupational contexts, translation and interpretation.
  • Acquire complex information from a variety of sources including libraries, the internet and peer discussion, and think creatively about and build complex systems.
  • Write essays and research reports using the appropriate register and style.
  • Apply skills in advanced literacy and ICT.
  • Consider the ethical issues involved in data collection and data storage.
  • Communicate effectively and fluently in speech and writing.
  • Understand the dynamics of communication.
  • Work independently, demonstrating initiative, self-organisation and time-management.
  • Be tolerant, open and interested when working with others to achieve common goals.
  • Manage individual learning and be critically and self-aware.

Area Studies graduate skills

“Area Studies graduates have the ability to read and use materials incisively and with sensitivity”

As an Area Studies graduate you also have a wide skill base. These are examples:

  • The ability to understand similarities and differences between areas, thus fostering cross-cultural and international perspectives.
  • Critically engage with the area through disciplines such as anthropology, archaeology, art history, cultural studies, economics, film and media studies, geography, history, languages other than English, literature, philosophy, politics and sociology.
  • Synthesise information, adopt critical appraisals and develop reasoned argument.
  • Integrate a diverse range of appropriate materials such as literary and historical texts, oral interviews, sound recordings, visual screenings and internet sites.
  • Command techniques and methodologies such as bibliographical, library and internet research skills, proficiency in reading and analysis, adeptness in visual analysis, appreciation of theoretical models and alertness to interpretations of issues and events.
  • Read and use materials incisively and with sensitivity.
  • Resolve problems and communicate ideas with clarity, coherence and persuasiveness.
  • Synthesise information, adopt critical appraisals and develop reasoned argument.
  • Critically reflect upon the scope and limitations of what has been understood.
  • Work with independence demonstrated in self-direction, self-management and intellectual initiative both in learning and studying and in time management.
  • Write clearly with professional referencing, tables, diagrams, graphics and illustrations, where appropriate.
  • Present materials orally in a clear and effective manner, using audio-visual aids where appropriate and answering questions from an audience.
  • Listen effectively and work creatively and flexibly with others.
  • Write and think under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Use ICT resources.
  • Show proficiency in a language other than English where appropriate to a specific degree programme.