Careers with Languages

Careers with Languages

What can I do with a degree in Spanish and Portuguese?

 The shortage of language skills is fast emerging as a critical issue among employers – recent pronouncements by Google, Hewlett Packard, Enterprise Ireland, the IDA among others all point to the same problem: Ireland needs more graduates who are competent in one or more non-native languages.

A degree with Spanish – whether through Arts, Commerce or European Studies

opens up a broad vista of career opportunities.

Our degrees specifically train students with the skills needed – language, intercultural, communication, technological – to compete in the global work-place. We provide intensive language training with cutting edge technologies including e-learning and other online initiatives, intensive laboratory training and skills training in translation and writing for professional purposes.  UCC has recently re-furbished its language training facilities to offer optimum conditions for student learning.

UCC currently works in tandem with Flextronics to provide a 3-6 month internship for students on the BComm International.
Students gain a broad range of experience working within a Mexican environment and complete a work placement module HS3012 with a learning journal and oral presentation.

Many of our students have pursued successful careers in international business, teaching, translating, public service, tourism, recruitment, journalism and media to name just a few. These opportunities are available to you at home, in Europe and across the Americas, North and South.

Another of the companies we work close to is the Kerry Group. Please see the attached powerpoint presentation for further information on work placement and career opportunities with Kerry Group.

Kerry Group Presentation


Testimonials from some of our Graduates

Róisín Liston (tourism)

Rory Brosnan (film-making)

Carol Ryan (recruitment)

Laura McGloughlin (translation)

Rioghnach Ní Dhraighneáin (teaching)

Brian Foley (international business) 

The Careers Service at UCC provides students and graduates with advice and information including CVs and interview preparation, undergraduate work placement, current vacancies, graduate profiles, and much more.

Check out the following companies all of whom have links with Ireland and the Spanish-speaking world:

Enterprise Ireland Graduate Programme

IBEC EOP Graduate Placement Programme



Jameson Graduate Programme

Kerry Foods Graduate Programme


Smurfit Kappa Group:

Cemex (Mexican company):


Or look at these websites for ideas about future careers combining Spanish:

Enterprise Ireland

Ireland-Spain Economic Association (Mainly for teachers of Spanish as a Foreign Language. You can become a member and receive emails notifying you of any job offers).


These might also be useful:

Irish Embassy in Spain

Irish Embassy in Mexico (Job search site and contact info for Spanish and Portuguese Embassies in Ireland)


Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies

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