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Languages (Interpreting & Teaching): Using Languages

Using Languages


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Using Languages

Careers where language skills may be useful

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This page contains information on career options for those with modern languages degrees or language skills.

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Career Options with Languages

While language skills are essential for interpreting, translation and language teaching, they can also be useful in a wide range of careers and sectors:

Bankinginsurance & accountancy - financial institutions operate on an international basis; there may be opportunities to use languages in UK offices or to work overseas 

Retail, logistics & sales - language skills may be useful when planning the movement of goods and services or communicating with other buyers

Business - another international sector where languages may be useful when working with clients or travelling for business; large corporations may have openings around the world

Journalism & media - staff with language skills who are working at home or abroad may find it easier to make contacts and scan local media; international news agencies and media companies may have posts overseas

Teaching - trainee secondary school teachers with language skills, particularly in French, German and Spanish, are in high demand; the British Council offers scholarships for trainee teachers with certain languages

Development - French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Russian and Mandarin are useful for intergovernmental organisations and NGOs, or a proven ability for picking up languages

Digital media & digital marketing - languages are increasingly useful in these sectors

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