What can I do with...

...a french degree?

Confused by your career options? This handy little tool helps you find out exactly what you can do with your French degree. On y va!



Having chosen to study French, you might believe that you’re destined to spend your life translating technical documents or teaching children how to buy a train ticket en français. A French degree, however, will actually provide you with a fantastique platform from which to enter a range of challenging sectors...



You might know your champignons from your champions, but here are some of the skills that your French degree might have helped you to develop:

Attention to Detail

You can spot a needle in a haystack. Sometimes you can even spot a specific needle in a massive stack of needles. You’re just that sharp.

Communication (Oral)

All mouth, no trousers? Nope, but you can speak to people in a calm, concise and engaging manner.

Communication (Written)

You may not be a romantic poet, but you can write in a professional, succinct and appealing fashion.

Critical Thinking

When you’re presented with a problem or idea, you have the ability to think about it from a critical perspective. You’re not afraid to share your opinion.


You don’t need somebody holding your hand the entire time. You can work on your own, use your initiative and keep yourself motivated.

Language Skills

You will have (hopefully) the ability to speak, read and write in another language – more likely two, if you have studied a combined language degree.


You’re a shepherd, not a sheep. You can lead from the front and take charge when decisions need to be made.


Articulate, methodical and composed, your negotiation skills are top-notch. You could even give Barry Obama a run for his money.

Problem Solving

You’re a bit like Jimmy McNulty in The Wire. You might swear a lot, but you can solve problems quickly and logically without too much head-scratching.


Like a pig sniffing for truffles, you have the ability to get your head down and find exactly what you’re looking for: useful information.


You’re not an angry loner. Far from it! You have the ability to work effectively as part of a team.

Time Management

You may not have ‘Bernard’s Watch’, but you can manage your time effectively and meet deadlines without any last minute stress.



Still stuck for inspiration? Check out the different roles you could secure with your French degree…