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1 Using Foreign Languages to Enhance Career Opportunities Dr. Linda M. Wallinger Foreign Language/ESL Specialist Virginia Department of Education

2 Did you know ? n Foreign languages are essential or important in over 60 occupations as a primary or ancillary skill. n Each of the major U.S. companies routinely employs persons abroad. n Foreign banks are opening branches in most major U.S. cities (NYC alone has 200) and need employees with foreign language skills.

3 n 856 radio stations in the U.S. broadcast in 58 foreign languages. n The U. S. Government employs about 30,000 persons with a working knowledge of foreign languages. n U.S. airlines have difficulty in finding personnel with foreign language skills.

4 n The media need reporters and journalists with a knowledge of foreign languages and cultures. n 20 million foreign travelers annually spend more than 8 billion dollars in the U.S. and increasingly expect foreign language skills from Americans. n 1,261 companies surveyed reported 60,687 positions required a second language.

5 n Business, industry, and government often find it necessary to hire multilingual foreign nationals due to a shortage of linguistically trained Americans. n Therefore... They need you!

6 n Global job market is competitive n Must develop many diverse skills n Communication is critical n Foreign languages lead to improved communication n Use foreign languages to increase job opportunities

7 Possible Career Fields

8 Which Skills Do Employers Seek? n Language ability n Computer skills n Experience n Achievement n Hard work n Overseas experience n Flexibility n Ability to complete a task

9 Translation and Interpreting n American Translators Association –http://www.atanet.org/ n United Nations –http://www.un.org/

10 Travel and Tourist Industry n American Society of Travel Agents –http://www.astanet.com n Institute of Certified Travel Agents –http://www.icta.com

11 Library and Information Services n American Library Association –http://www.ala.org/ n National Geographic –http://www.nationalgeographic.com/index. html

12 U. S. Government n American Foreign Service Association –http://www.afsa.org/ n Central Intelligence Agency –http://www.odci.gov/cia/ n Federal Bureau of Investigation –http://www.fbi.gov/

13 n Foreign Policy Association –http://www.fpa.org/ n Diplomats Online –http://www.diplomatsonline.org/ n National Security Agency –http://www.nsa.gov:8080/ n Peace Corps –http://www.peacecorps.gov

14 Teaching Positions Abroad n Council on International Exchange –http://www.ciee.org/ n Department of Defense –http://www.acq.osd.mil/ddre/edugate n Institute of International Education –http://www.iie.org/

15 Education n American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages –http://www.actfl.org/

16 Foreign Languages Make Communication Universal!


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