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USING LANGUAGES and working in Europe Jenny Keaveney, Careers Advisory Service Anna Dimitrijevics, European Commission
USING LANGUAGES IN YOUR CAREER HOW can I use my languages? WHERE can I use them? WHEN will I get the opportunity to use them? WHAT ELSE are employers looking for? WHAT do language graduates do? DO I need further qualifications? HOW can I find out more ?
HOW can I use my languages? The Obvious careers Translating Interpreting Teaching International organisations Travel, transport and tourism
HOW can I use my languages? Some of the less obvious ways … Business - marketing, sales, buying Administrative - conference organising, PA Finance - banking, accountancy, insurance Law Information - media, library work
WHERE can I use my languages? In the UK - short or long term In another country - short-term In another country - long-term Both in the UK and abroad - travelling regularly
WHEN? …. will I get the chance to use my languages? As soon as you graduate? After further experience and/or qualifications?
THE GOOD NEWS … In a survey of 2700 companies across 10 industries, more than half of HR managers said they would be more likely to hire someone who spoke more than one language Average earners with linguistic abilities could be paid up to 12% more Only one in ten workers in the UK can speak a foreign language BUT ….
EMPLOYERS LOOK FOR MORE THAN JUST LANGUAGE ABILITIES In most careers, it is not enough to speak another language (however fluently) - it is what you can do through that language that is important
What else do employers look for in language graduates? Employers will look for skills such as: Verbal and written communication (in English as well as your other languages) Analysing and using information Teamwork Time management IT skills
What do past Kent graduates say was the most useful aspect of their degree? Studying literature - the appropriate and creative use of language is particularly important in public relations (PR Manager) Studying French literature helped me develop strong analytical skills which have been useful in my work; essay-writing too helps for preparing reports and plans(Marketing Manager)
What do past Kent graduates say was the most useful aspect of their degree? Specific skills such as translation require a mental discipline that can be applied to other areas of activity - my work often involves sorting masses of data and drawing meaning and inferences from various sources (Police Officer) Good written and verbal communication skills are essential in the workplace(Finance trainee) The general analytical skills used for essay writing and seminar preparation and the ability to prioritise and work to deadlines(Export Assistant)
WHAT do language graduates do? National statistics for 2010 graduates Source: HESA
WHAT do language graduates do? Some of the 2010 Kent graduates in employment: Public Relations junior account executive British Council – Language Assistant Communications Officer – Kent Police Travel Consultant Graduate Teaching Assistant – primary school Trainee Chartered Accountant Project Assistant – services provider EFL teachers
WHAT do language graduates do? 2010 Kent graduates undertaking further study MA French & Comparative Literature MA Modern Hispanic Studies - University of Kent MA Translation - University of Bath MA Communications and Media PGCE courses
WHAT do language graduates do? - in the longer term School teaching (17) Banking/financial services (11) Sales/export (10) TEFL (8) Media (7) Personnel work (7) Administration (6) European institutions (6) Academics (5) International marketing (5) Airlines/airports (5) Legal work (4) Public relations (3)
WHAT do language graduates do? - in the longer term Political research Publishing Librarians Police officers Drugs counsellor Translator Film publicist Museum curator IT training officer Italian Fashion Manager for Vogue Communications Manager for international business consultancy in San Marino
Do I need further qualifications? (almost certainly) YES Teaching Translation Law Library work Office work VERY POSSIBLY Journalism & PR Personnel work Hotel management NO for very many employers, at least when first recruiting
Do I need further qualifications? 23 MAs ( in various subjects) 21 PGCEs 8 doctorates (PhDs) 6 TEFL certificates 5 GDLs (law conversion courses) 3 translating qualifications 2 MBAs 2 MScs Various professional certificates and diplomas 75% of the Kent graduates surveyed had obtained one
A closer look at …. TRANSLATING AND INTERPRETING Many translators work freelance Specialist vocabulary and non-mainstream languages are useful Postgraduate qualifications usually needed Interpreting is a very small career field - 3 or more languages are often expected
A closer look at …. TEACHING FOREIGN LANGUAGES You will need to qualify via a PGCE or Graduate Teacher Programme to teach in state schools in the UK Languages are a shortage subject carrying additional funding for training Teaching experience is vital
A closer look at …. TEACHING ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE A TEFL qualification is not always essential You dont need to know the language of the country you are working in - greatest demand is from the Far East and Eastern Europe Often seen as a short-term job but can also offer a long-term career
A closer look at …. INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS Range from the UN and EU to small charitable or campaigning organisations Recruitment not always regular Most staff recruited have experience elsewhere - relatively few openings for new graduates With smaller organisations, you may need to start as a volunteer
A closer look at …. THE EUROPEAN INSTITUTIONS Annual recruitment of new/recent graduates Get experience and make contacts through the stagiaire scheme... … or the European Fast-Stream... or the College of Europe in Bruges
A closer look at …. THE EUROPEAN INSTITUTIONS Dr Anna Dimitrijevics Has worked as a short-term consultant at the World Bank which took her to Washington D.C., India, Thailand and Peru Also has experience with the United Nations' Department of Peacekeeping Operations. Now Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs in the European Commission in Brussels Native level Hungarian, fluent English, and occasionally uses French and Spanish in her work
A closer look at …. THE DIPLOMATIC SERVICE Languages are not required All recruitment schemes are highly competitive! The next closing date for Fast-Stream entry will be November 2012 Separate recruitment for individual vacancies Your career will be divided between London and overseas postings
A closer look at …. TRANSPORT, TRAVEL AND TOURISM A number of companies run graduate training schemes It is equally possible and common for graduates to enter at a more junior level Some jobs may be largely seasonal
Other opportunities What do the following have in common? A painkiller? A Playstation? A petrol pump? A digital camera? A bottle of lager?
EUROPEAN GRADUATE PROGRAMMES All offer European Graduate Programmes BP, Canon, Heineken, Reckitt Benckiser, Sony and many others Some may require a business-related degree as well as language skills Programmes typically involve moving around between 2 or 3 different countries and job functions You dont need a wide range of languages – English is often the international working language "You need to consider if you can imagine being far away from home and friends for a long time. You also need to be able to fit into new teams and work environments every 6 months and learn very quickly to make the most of these placements."
EUROPEAN GRADUATE TRAINING SCHEMES BP EuroGraduate Programme Canon European Graduate Programmes europe.com/About_Us/careers/graduate_programme Heineken International Graduate Programme Reckitt Benckiser programme Sony European Graduate Programme For these and similar schemes, see
AND ALSO …. Financial services – banks, accountants, insurance companies …. Retailers – buying, store management Utilities – water, gas, electricity companies Law firms (you dont have to have a Law degree!) IT companies (IBM, Apple, Google, Yahoo etc) Advertising agencies Car manufacturers
DO I NEED ANOTHER LANGUAGE? Do you: –Feel that you are not sufficiently fluent in any other language than English? –Speak another language but want to work in a country where that language is not spoken? –Want to broaden your language skills? See
WHERE NEXT? Think about what you want from your career and what you have to offer employers in addition to your languages Use information sources and contacts to find out about the job market in other countries Be aware of early closing dates Be flexible and open-minded as to how, where and when you might use your languages ….
USEFUL INFORMATION SOURCES Occupational Profiles – detailed information on almost 600 careers Careers Information Room Career Planning Guide
TIPS FOR SUCCESS Be informed about all the potential opportunities Decide what is most important to you in a career Be flexible Develop other skills to add to your languages Know what employers are looking for Remember you don't stop learning after you graduate Don't give up!
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