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Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Tripos and your career

The range of career options open to graduates in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies is broad. Besides those who go into research, many graduates maintain an interest in the subject in whatever career they go into. Examples include journalism, business, teaching overseas and the Civil Service (especially the Foreign Office), the security services, NGOs, or international scientific agencies. However, if you did your degree just out of interest and don't want to continue it further employers are often impressed by the initiative you've displayed to tackle a difficult language and study an interesting degree. Graduates have also gone into banking, marketing, law, media and travel.

The following profiles, provided by Prospects, may be useful:

Each year the Careers Service surveys all graduating students to find out what they are doing six months after graduation. The results of this survey, for each degree subject, can be viewed on the Unistats site.

You can contact Cambridge Asian and Middle Eastern Studies alumni who are working in interesting fields via the GradLink, database GradLink.

For example Ben Gregor, had an interesting career path going first into Advertising as an Account Planner, then setting up his own production company and working in TV.

Other Asian and Middle Eastern Studies GradLinks are currently working for Red Gate software, as an Analyst for RAND Europe, as a lawyer in the finance team for Clifford Chance and as an economic development consultant for Monitor Group (London, Dubai). If you have Asian or Middle Eastern language skills employers from any sector with clients or an interest in those areas of the world will be interested in you.

Thinking about and understanding the skills or competencies you have developed from your Cambridge Degree is a crucial aspect to career planning. You will find useful information via the Cambridge Skills Portal.