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Today's episode returns to the topic of making money with languages. We ask if that's something you should be doing and how it can work.
In this episode, you get a look behind the scenes of our own careers, the jobs we've had and those that may be yet to come. All I'm saying is "flower lab!" 🌷
Three Reasons You Should Work With Languages
1) If you love it and you're passionate, it's a great way to bring excitement to your work
2) Working with languages will make you better at languages
3) You get to make great new connections with other speakers of your language
Our sponsor for this episode is Lindsay's new course, the Online Teaching Starter Kit. It's a complete guide to becoming an online teacher in five different parts. Check it out at www.fluentlanguage.co.uk/otsk.
Modern Languages students often look at the list of "related jobs" for their degree and ask "Is that all?!"
What you will hear:
- What does it really mean to have a passion for something?
- You're not meant to be good enough (not perfect) at languages when you go for a job interview
- The disappointing list of "jobs related to a Modern Languages degree" on a leading careers website
- The weird and wonderful list of "jobs where your Modern Languages degree would be useful"on the same website
- How to bring languages into your career without applying for a new job
- Our stories from applying for and working in the following jobs: translator, tutor, interpreter, teaching assistant, video game tester, export sales assistant, international recruitment manager
- Why we work online and for ourselves, but we're not digital nomads
- How to get started as an online tutor in particular, and the fantastic concept of timeboxing
"Self employment is self improvement." (Lindsay does soundbites)
Links From This Episode
- Snapchat - add ldlanguages and fluentlanguage and hear us practice Korean, Japanese, German, Welsh..and whatever else we want to speak
- What can I do with a degree in Modern Languages? - Prospects Website
- Online Teaching Starter Kit
- Fluent's "Behind The Scenes" Blog about self-employment and marketing as a teacher
- Get started as an online teacher on italki
- The Tutor Pages Reviewed on Fluent
- Quit Podcast
I'm excited about today's guest post for you guys. If you've listened to my podcast with Peter Rodway, you know that I am completely convinced that languages are your way into the most beautiful careers. Today we'll be hearing from the team over at Jobcoconut, a global jobs site offering amazing appointments all over Europe. These tips are about how to show off your language skills to make sure you walk into that job you want.
Over to the Coconuts:
So if you are based outside your home country and you are fluent in more than one language, then you’re more likely to land a top language job as HR departments and recruiters are always seeking job seekers with language skills.
In particular, if you speak a hard to source language such as the Nordic, Scandinavian or Eastern European languages then you will be in high demand, which means you can easily land yourself a well-paid job in top European cities. Language jobs across all European countries also seek Spanish, Italian, German and Dutch speakers. So the opportunity is there for all bilingual job seekers.
Studies carried out by the recruitment companies clearly show that candidates who speak two languages earn a lot more than non-bilingual speakers. Another advantage for having language skills is it can allow you to form a vital part of a company’s growth strategy. Whether it’s trying to enter new markets on a national level or expand to other countries, having a second language makes you a valuable part of any organisation.
Are you actually bilingual?
The term “bilingual” has had a few different definitions over time, and this is one we can all agree on: Bilinguals “can communicate just as easily in one language as you can in the other”. Your language proficiency should be measured in terms of your speaking, reading, writing and listening abilities in each language.
Many people exaggerate on their CV about their level of proficiency in a language. It is important that you are entirely confortable in a business environment using both languages. There's no cheating: Bilingualism not only demands a command of the structure of the language but an understanding of the other language’s nuances such as its sense of humour.
How can you prove that you’re bilingual to an employer?
The best way to prove it is during the interview. If bilingual language skills are important the employer/recruiter will communicate to you in both languages. They will be able to tell straight away if your language skills are right for the position. This is common amongst recruiters as they require assurances they have got the person for the job.
What should you put in your CV?
If you want to promote your language skills on your CV (and you so do!), the most important thing is to be honest about your level of knowledge and comfort in both languages. This will save you and the recruiter embarrassment and time, otherwise you will have to explain why your language skills aren’t up to standard. Imagine you end up in the job and have to give a presentation or write a report to important clients. Your language skills should handle that easily.
Handle terms like “bilingual” or “fluent” or even language scales such as the Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) with care. Judge your language skills in terms of your confidence in working using that language. Here is a handy framework (see below), but we encourage you to put your own stamp on it by coming up with your own self-evaluation of your language skills!
• Limited working proficiency – able to satisfy routine social demands and able to handle limited work requirements but would need help in handling complicated tasks
• Professional working proficiency – can discuss a variety of topics with ease and almost complete understanding of what others are saying
• Full professional proficiency – can participate in all manners of conversations with ease and only rarely make grammatical mistakes
• Native proficiency – native speaker/ mother tongue.
Develop Your Skills
Language skills are one of those things that employers cannot develop in 90 days, so they are excited to find you as a candidate. Or if you're looking for a total linguist job
By the way - I want to help you guys with your language careers. Soon I'll be posting an exciting summary of all my jobs on my mailing list, but before that why not participate in my 50 Calls Project to talk about languages at work?
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