Career

After completing your studies in the Master's Programme in Linguistic Diversity and Digital Humanities (LingDig), you will be able to work independently in various fields that require multidisciplinary expertise in linguistic sciences. You will also have the theoretical knowledge and skills that are required for postgraduate studies in doctoral programmes in language studies.

Building your career begins already during your studies. Working life and career development perspectives are integrated into many of the courses. Your studies can also include work practice or other working life oriented study units.

From the start of your studies until one year after the completion of your degree, the Career Services at the University of Helsinki give guidance and support, including career guidance and counselling, courses and events, and facilitation of mentoring groups.

More information about the Career Services at the Univesity of Helsinki.

After graduation, students of the programme find employment in a wide variety of positions in which special knowledge of language is required.

One path prepares you for a research career; many graduates work as researchers in Finland and abroad. You can also work in the political, diplomatic, and educational sectors, as well as research administration. You might find other potential employers in publishing, the media and journalism, public relations, business communications, and public administration, as well as NGOs.

If you choose a technological orientation, you can find work in language technology firms or more generally in the IT sector. Graduates of USchool have good job prospects in User Experience. Multinational companies are in constant need of experts in speech and language technology, linguistics, cognitive science and digital humanities, and people who can work in multidisciplinary teams. Additionally, there is a vibrant field of Finnish companies in this area, some established and many promising start-ups. Some students have founded their own companies and become entrepreneurs.

Please note that it is not possible to graduate as a (subject) teacher in the LingDig Master's programme.

The Master of Arts degree provides general eligibility for postgraduate studies and a solid foundation for doctoral studies.

At the University of Helsinki, doctoral education is carried out in four doctoral schools. For those working on language(s), the relevant programme is the Doctoral Programme in Language studies. Students graduating from Cognitive Science and Digital Humanities may choose other programmes from the Doctoral School in Humanities and Social Sciences.

More information about doctoral studies at the University of Helsinki

In honour of the University of Helsinki's 375th anniversary, the Faculty of Arts presented 375 humanists during 2015. Quite a few of them are alumni of linguistics related subjects. 

Get to know the humanists.