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Career Opportunities

Where will my degree in Japanese Studies take me?

Numbers of students studying Japanese have begun to rise in recent years, given the prominence of Japan in the world today. Employment prospects are very good indeed, and the demand for graduates who can speak and read Japanese is likely to increase in the future.

Many graduates have found highly-paid jobs in the City of London, in banking, and in commerce.

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'Cute Paradise', Odaiba, Tokyo

Career profiles of some of our recent graduates are listed below.

Sven Palys, Entrepreneur
BA Japanese Studies, Selwyn College, 2010

“I joined the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies in 2006 to do my BA in Japanese Studies. I remember my years with great glee, being surrounded by many wonderfully passionate, inspiring and also caring staff and fellow students. The Faculty is relatively compact, compared to others at the university, but its small size was a true strength. It was easy to see your lecturer and receive personal tuition. You can feel that each and every individual matters here. The amount of study might have been daunting at times, but the support I received was tremendous, allowing me to pursue my other passions outside of the faculty too - such as editing one of the student newspapers or working at the Cambridge Union. Even after graduating, there is a sense camaraderie and I am still close to some of my lecturers, who have become real friends since then. I now work in Tokyo for an international strategy and brand consultancy, where everything I've learnt in my degree --from Japanese language to history and sociology -- has helped me excel at my profession. Such insight into Japanese culture is now helping me to open up my own business venture to help promote Japan abroad.”