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Euro London gives insight into language opportunities

Euro London gives insight into language opportunities
 
Continuing its role as an ambassador for language learning, specialist multi lingual recruiter Euro London Appointments has been working with South London school, Lambeth Academy. Students were recently given an insight into life at the recruiters West End office and into the array of career opportunities available to those with linguistic abilities.
 
As part of the Regional Language Network Londons Business Language Champions programme, four year 10 students studying GSCE German visited Euro Londons office, sat in on real candidate interviews, learned about the various multi lingual roles that Euro London recruits for, and discussed how to write a good CV in both English and German. When asked what languages could be used for, the students replies included: holidays, interpreting and airlines. But Euro London highlighted a wide range of other options including football analysis, journalism, press conference assistance and video game testing.
 
The candidate had really good qualifications and had worked in India for two years. When they tested his German I understood a few parts I was very impressed with myself! student Topaz commented on the interview. Her classmate Delfim said Today was good in the future Id like to use my languages wisely, maybe in business, or becoming an ambassador.
 
German teacher at the school Catherine Butler said the visit was very successful: Our students thoroughly enjoyed the experience - I think that they were very surprised at quite how many opportunities would be open to them if they could offer a foreign language to employers. It was also great for them to have the unique opportunity of seeing real-life interviews, as this is something that we cannot provide authentically at school. They were initially a little nervous, but their conversations afterwards showed just how much they had got from the experience. I think that it has definitely opened their eyes!
 
There are now less and less students pursuing language learning, which is a real disappointment because in todays global marketplace this skill is more important than ever explains Mary Ann Eddleston, manager of Euro Londons West End office. The students seemed to really enjoy the experience of seeing our office and being in the interviews and we hope it will encourage them to continue with their studies of German! According to CILT, the National Centre for Languages, only 44% of GCSE students took a language in 2008, compared to 78% in 2001, with only 11% of all students taking German.

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