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This resource is for use in the classroom to promote the value and importance of languages to learners who may be about to make course choices. It can be used as a tool to highlight the role languages can play and the impact they can have.
This resource is suitable for use with language learners in secondary school.
Download the PDF information file about a Scottish actor’s experiences with languages - Atta Yaqub's biography.
Watch the short version if this interview (without the 10 question Q&A) (6'30)
SCILT has produced this pack to provide young people with relevant, labour-market focused career advice on language skills and employability, direct from our partners in the workplace. Each profile shows how learning a language develops crucial skills for employment and demonstrates that knowledge of a language can directly open up opportunities for employment or career progression. Each profile showcases a different sector, provides advice and includes links to find out more.
The pack aims to support learners in making informed choices about future careers and help teachers deliver on expanding the offer, in line with Developing the Young Workforce:
Lots of jobs need languages and some of them are included in this pack. You can see more examples under the 'Job Profiles' tab above.
NICILT in Northern Ireland have produced two useful videos you can use to promote the benefits of language skills:
'Step Ahead With Languages' (RiL Cymru) - An information pack outlining how languages can help in certain careers. Follow the link and scrolling to the bottom of the page.
Talk the Talk booklet (British Academy) - Learning a language is a long-term investment and a great educational asset. Students who learn languages gain a plethora of other practical and personal skills, boosting their employability and career prospects. In collaboration with the European Commission, the British Academy has published Talk the Talk as a guide for current undergraduate students and school pupils to illustrate the value of language learning. Talk the Talk brings the excitement of languages to life and demonstrates how perseverance with their study can open doors to an array of careers and life experiences.
Top 9 languages that engineers need to know
"Engineers are needed in almost every area of life, from product design to building construction, but not everyone speaks the same language. Being an engineer means adapting to challenges, and why limit your ability to work by only knowing one language? "
Language graduates: what jobs are they doing now?
From international aid to banking, social media and teaching, language graduates end up across all career sectors
What Jobs Can I do with Foreign Languages?
This article from Success at School explains how studying languages can really open up your career options, in more ways than you think.
Languages in Action
The University of Edinburgh alumni are spread all over the world. Here they spotlight five recent graduates who have been making an impact thanks to their study of languages.
Careers with the European Union - Languages
The European Union offers a number of opportunities for those with language skills and has information on their site about the roles available including translators, conference interpreters, proof readers/language editors and lawyer-linguists. Find out mo
Why you should learn a language for your career
Businesses have given reasons why they’re struggling to fill certain roles because of a lack of skills – 17% of it is down to a lack of languages. We look at why you should definitely think about learning a language.
Making the case: why students need to study languages
Why it is so important for students to study languages at all levels. List of articles and useful links. From ALL.
Includes information on how Gaelic can help you get a job as well as advice on preparing for a bilingual interview and how to highlight your language skills in a Gaelic CV.
Careers using modern languages
Information on a number of career options using Modern Languages:
Careers with languages
Many employers actively recruit applicants with language skills which are seen as particularly important in sectors such as manufacturing, banking, finance and insurance due to the globalisation of organisations.
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At the University of Strathclyde, SCILT have a number of partnerships with key organisations in Scotland, UK and further afield.
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