The 10 best language-related jobs
Language skills in use
How can you tell what the best career path for you is when the job market is always changing? Technology is changing everything at a fast pace, and as a result it is hard to know what skills will be in demand from one year to the next. In addition, globalisation seems to be making the world smaller and smaller, making it easier for people from all over the world to connect with each other.
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Language skills as a valuable asset
Having language skills is an extremely valuable asset, and there are many great language-based careers. Here are 10 of them:
If you are fluent in more than one language, you will find many possibilities in the field of translating. Some jobs will require you to have certifications or certain degrees, whereas others will simply require you to have experience and do the job well.
Interpreting is a more specific field. It can also be more difficult to get into, but it usually pays well. If you are interested in becoming an interpreter or a translator, you must start with an excellent base in the languages you want to work with. Most work will involve translating to and from English. If English is not your first language, you can start by perfecting your skills at a language institute such as The Bristol Language Centre English school in the UK.
If you are a native English speaker, teaching English as a foreign language is a career that will present you with many opportunities. With solid teacher training UK opportunities will be abundant, and if you are interested in working abroad, you will always find work as an English teacher.
Working for international organisations
If you are interested in working for institutions such as the EU or UN, speaking various languages will offer you a distinct advantage. Such jobs often require you to communicate with people from all over the world.
If you like the idea of helping people go on wonderful holidays, a career in tourism might be perfect for you. The ability to communicate in different languages is a key asset in this sector.
As with the tourism industry, if you work in the transport industry, such as with an airline, you will need to be able to communicate with a wide range of people. That is especially true if you plan to work in international travel.
Food and drink
If you work in the food and drink service industry, speaking different languages will help you communicate with and serve more people. That is, of course, better for business.
Sales and marketing
Companies often want to export their products, and that can mean communicating with people from different countries who might speak a different language. The more languages you can speak, the more possibilities you will have for doing business.
Speaking different languages will help you do business on an international level. Banks, accountancy firms and insurance companies often offer opportunities to work with foreign clients. It will help if you can speak their language.
Many law firms have international offices, and language degrees, complemented by a conversion course, are often used as a road into law. Fluency in different languages can facilitate interaction with foreign clients.
Learning a language
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The Prospects graduate career website is great for information about becoming a translator or getting into other language-related fields
- Guardian Careers
The Guardian Careers website offers help with everything from CV tips to career advice.
- TEFL Newbie
TEFL Newbie is a blog with lots of articles providing advice and tips on teaching English abroad.