The Only Way is Languages – New Careers DVD

By Kat Stevenson

Routes into Languages West Midlands in conjunction with Stone’s Throw Media have produced a new DVD entitled “The Only Way is Languages!”

The aim of this DVD is to inspire young people to study languages at school, college and university and to get them thinking of the different kind of careers they could go into with their language skills. They may think that teaching and interpreting are the only options but we can show them many different careers! We have six case studies of real life examples of people using their language skills in the workplace which are:

Claire – PA to the Managing Director at L’Oréal in London

Katie – Wine Buyer at Waitrose

Lorna – Player Liaison Officer at Aston Villa Football Club

Peter – MD of his own engineering consultancy firm

Victoria – Doctoral Researcher at University of Birmingham

Stephanie – Trainee Area Manager at Aldi

You can view the DVD as a whole, or you might want to choose the case studies which you think are most appropriate for your students. You could show it as part of a language day or on loop at Options Evening. It can really help inform pupils and their parents when they are making GCSE and A-level option choices. You could also do some extension activities – getting pupils to think of the kind of language needed in the various roles or researching other exciting careers which need people with language skills.

We hope you’ll find the DVD useful and we welcome your feedback. Take a look here:

Please let us know what you think at

Kat Stevenson is Project Manager for Routes West Midlands at Aston University



About Angela Gallagher-Brett

I am a language education specialist and learning developer working at the LLAS Centre for languages, linguistics and area studies at the University of Southampton and at SOAS, University of London.This is my personal website where I share my reflections on languages, higher education, research and reading.
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