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1 USING LANGUAGES and working in Europe Jenny Keaveney, Careers & Employability Service

2 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 ?

3 HOW can I use my languages? The “Obvious” careers Translating Interpreting Teaching International organisations Travel, transport and tourism

4 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

5 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

6 WHEN? …. will I get the chance to use my languages? As soon as you graduate? After further experience and/or qualifications?

7 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 ….

8 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

9 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

10 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)

11 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)

12 WHAT do language graduates do? National statistics for 2011 graduates Source: HECSU

13 WHAT do language graduates do? Some of the 2011 Kent graduates in employment: Conference Producer Sales Coordinator - Events Management Company Communications Officer – Police Headquarters International PR Executive – Investment Management company Graduate Trainee Teacher – secondary school Quality Assurance Manager - Lidl Intern in Language Services – software company EFL teachers

14 WHAT do language graduates do? 2011 Kent graduates undertaking further study MA History of Science, Medicine, Environment & Technology (University of Kent) MA International Tourism (Grenoble) ESEC Film School, Paris MSc International Business Management (Kent) Modern European Languages (Bologna, Salerno, Grenoble) PGCE courses (Canterbury Christ Church)

15 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)

16 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

17 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

18 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 MSc’s Various professional certificates and diplomas 75% of the Kent graduates surveyed had obtained one

19 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

20 A closer look at …. TEACHING FOREIGN LANGUAGES You will need to qualify via a PGCE or schools-based programme to teach in state schools in the UK Languages are a “shortage subject” carrying additional funding for training Teaching experience is vital

21 A closer look at …. TEACHING ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE A TEFL qualification is not always essential You don’t 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

22 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

23 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

24 Find out more about the EU … FACE A BIGGER CHALLENGE: CAREER OPPORTUNITIES IN THE EUROPEAN UNION Find out all about EU careers, including the applications process, at this talk by the EU Careers Ambassador for the University of Kent Wednesday 30th January, 2.00 pm Keynes Lecture Theatre 5

25 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 2013 Separate recruitment for individual vacancies Your career will be divided between London and overseas postings

26 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

27 Other opportunities What do the following have in common? A painkiller? A Playstation? An energy drink? The O2? A bottle of lager?

28 EUROPEAN GRADUATE PROGRAMMES All offer “European Graduate Programmes” 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 don’t 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."

29 EUROPEAN GRADUATE TRAINING SCHEMES Heineken International Graduate Programme Reckitt Benckiser programme Sony European Graduate Programme Telefonica Red Bull  For these and similar schemes, see

30 AND ALSO …. Financial services – banks, accountants, insurance companies …. Retailers – buying, store management Utilities – water, gas, electricity companies Law firms (you don’t have to have a Law degree!) IT companies (IBM, Apple, Google, Yahoo etc) Advertising agencies Car manufacturers Small/medium sized businesses

31 Graduate Trainee (Fluent in Spanish) This unique entry-level position offers an excellent opportunity for a person who is keen to develop a career in the Fresh Produce Sector. Full training will be given and valuable experience gained. Ultimately, for the right candidate, a clear career path to a management position within the Company will be possible. Fluency in Spanish is a pre-requisite for this role and a good knowledge of French would be advantageous. Attributes of the successful candidate will include: numeracy, attention to detail, computer literacy and good communication skills. You will be equally comfortable working independently, or as part of a team and capable of working under pressure in the very busy Fresh Produce environment.

32 Project Manager - London Translations (from Reporting directly to our Head of Projects, responsibilities will include: Liaising with clients and organising translation of diverse material in various languages Providing estimates for translation and interpreting assignments Co-ordinating the translation and interpreting projects and assignment of translators and interpreters in various languages Telephoning new prospects and existing clients to generate new business Requirements: The ideal candidate will speak English as their mother tongue but also be fluent in at least one other language and have a degree in languages A strong work ethic, ability to work unsupervised under considerable pressure and a willingness to go the extra mile to meet deadlines are essential. Equally important are good communication and negotiation skills. Candidates should also exhibit the following: Professional demeanour; Be goal orientated and tenacious; Self-motivated and pro- active; Capable of improvising and thinking on their feet; Numerate and IT Literate Have the flexibility to work overtime as required A can-do attitude, determination to succeed and a willingness to get the job done whatever it takes are far more important than experience.

33 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

34 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 ….

35 USEFUL INFORMATION SOURCES Occupational Profiles – detailed information on almost 600 careers Careers Resources Room Career Planning Guide

36 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!

37 THE CAREERS & EMPLOYABILITY SERVICE Open 9-5, Monday-Friday Careers Resources Room Careers & Employability Advisers – book an appointment or just drop in Networked PCs and IT resources CES website

38 Au revoir Auf wiedersehen Ciao Adios Tot ziens Hyvästi Adeus Adjö Farvel   Viszontlátásra Do widzenia Nasvidenje Zbohem Sahha Viso gero Sveiki Nägemiseni Довиждане La revedere

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