The European Commission has teamed up with ThirdYearAbroad.com to interview UK language graduates and discover how their language skills have benefitted their careers.
On Juliette's gap year, she studied Spanish and Cuban cultural studies at the University of Havana and then went to work in a school in Brazil. For her degree she studied History and Economics at Oxford University, then did her accountancy qualification with Ernst & Young in London. She is now a Financial Controller working at a Private Equity Fund.
Steve studied German and Spanish at Royal Holloway, and spent his year abroad studying at Hochschule Esslingen University neat Stuttgart in Germany and working for an online travel company in Madrid, Spain. He is now Double Club Languages Coordinator at Arsenal Football Club, an innovative education and football programme which teaches a range of languages combined with football coaching.
Tilly studied French and Spanish at Manchester University, and spent her year abroad working at a language training centre in Lyon, France. She is now a Project Manager for a dubbing and subtitling agency, working on films and corporate videos.
Hannah studied French and Italian at Durham University, and spent her year abroad working as a Language Assistant in Tuscany, Italy, and working in a hotel in France. She is now working for an American software company, dealing with their sales to the Italian market.
John studied French and Spanish at Cardiff University, and spent his year abroad studying at Valencia University, Spain, and working as a waiter at Disneyland Paris. He is now a Translator for the European Commission, the organisation which represents the interests of the EU as a whole.
Luke studied German and History at Nottingham University. He spent his year abroad at university in Aachen, Germany, and is now a freelance Project Manager and Project Consultant in the educational and cultural sectors.
Lauren studied French and German at Birmingham University. She spent the first semester of her year abroad studying at the Université de Strasbourg, France, while interning at the European Parliament there, and the second studying in Bamberg, Germany, while waitressing in a biergarten. She is now a Political and Public Diplomacy Attaché at the Dutch Embassy in London.
Liz studied Hindi and South Asian History at SOAS and, having travelled widely and learnt lots of languages, she is now a headhunter for the International Committee of the Red Cross, responsible for finding people who have learnt rarely-studied languages.
Virginia Stuart-Taylor studied Spanish, Italian and Portuguese at Exeter University, and spent her year abroad at university in Córdoba, Spain, and doing an internship at Armani in Modena, Italy. She is now on the European Leadership Graduate Scheme at O2 UK, Telefónica, where she is Manager of the CEO's Office.