So, you studied languages?How many times are you asked whether you are looking for a career as a Teacher/Translator/Interpreter? Emily Nicole Boaler discusses career paths for linguists.
So, you studied languages?
1 - Are you a teacher?
2 - Do you interpret for the EU/UN?
3 - Are you a translator?
This is a conversation I had tonight with another linguist who studied French and German. He told me that if he tells somebody that he studied languages they’ll automatically assume that he is a teacher, translator or interpreter. Most will ask if he is a teacher.
There is still a huge lack of awareness of what type of career path one can pursue with a degree in languages.
This lack of awareness can deter others from studying languages or can even encourage graduates of foreign languages to follow a specific career path, allowing them to believe that their choices are rather limited.
I have taught, interpreted and translated on the side, but have never worked in these sectors as a full time career.
Not all linguists desire to be a teacher, translator or interpreter.
Highlighting the different sectors that require languages such as Tech, Exports, Tourism, Media, Sports, Marketing, Sales as well as many others will encourage more to study a foreign language and will allow for linguists to follow a career path that is more suited to them..
You can apply your language skills to anything you want to. You just need to believe it!
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