Linguistics and TESOL

If you have studied Linguistics and/or TESOL, you will have acquired the skills and knowledge relevant for teaching English as a foreign language either in the UK or abroad. Your skills will also be useful in a range of other settings; some suggestions are below.

Popular Career Options

Having studied TESOL and/ or Linguistics it is likely that you are interested in teaching English to Speaker of Other Languages (ESOL). Your options therefore include:

  • Teaching at a UK based college or language centre  
  • Teaching English overseas, for example in schools, language centres, volunteer organisations or for the Language schools The British Council

It is important to research the qualifications required by learning institutions as these are likely to vary. See Prospects' information on English as a Foreign Language Teacher for details. For teaching in UK further education colleges see Talent.   

Other Career Options

You may also be interested in

The transferable skills you have developed through your degree make you employable for a range of careers outside of teaching and support work.

You may also be interested in a range of other areas as diverse as management, administration, publishing, journalism or creative writing.

What past students have done

Some of the jobs and studies that Linguistics and TESOL graduates from this university went into, 6 months after graduating include:

  • Research Associate at a university
  • English Language Teacher for a language school aimed at prospective international university students
  • TESOL Teacher at an overseas university
  • Volunteer Teacher at a primary school
  • Teaching Assistant at a primary school
  • PhD study
  • Supervisor at a Children's Centre
  • Marketing and Communications Officer for a security firm

More information about career options

You may find our downloadable guides useful which provide information about where you could work, roles, improving your employability and job hunting.

Also see the occupational profiles on Prospects or the National Careers Service for information about specific occupations.

Mapping out a career direction

You will need to analyse carefully your own skills, values and interests and compare these with job options to identify career areas that might suit you.

You will also need to think about how you will convey your skills and abilities to employers in the career areas you identify and consider what else you need to do to boost your employability. This might mean undertaking further study, work experience or voluntary work.  

Identifying your skills

As an graduate in Linguistics and/or TESOL it is likely that you have developed the ability to: 

  • Think analytically, logically and critically
  • Present ideas and information in written form and verbally 
  • Understand how language is constructed
  • Communicate well with people from different backgrounds    

These are skills that all employers value, regardless of sector.

More detail about the skills you have gained is available via: