During school it’s drilled into us that having a second language is a great CV boost. But once you’ve mastered your chosen language, there’s relatively little guidance on turning this talent into a career in its own right – teaching or translating is often as imaginative as it gets.
Both are valid options, but getting creative with your career plan could secure a dream job that also satisfies your love of language.
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Knowing what you have to offer employers is key. The many benefits that come with being bilingual – like improved memory, multi-tasking and decision-making abilities – are core skills sought after in many different fields. You just have to apply these skills to the job in hand.
To help you on your way, we’ve put together a short guide to four exciting careers that will nurture your linguistic skills and give you that all important job satisfaction.
If you’re a language lover then you’re probably also a big traveller. After all, there’s no greater buzz than successfully talking to a native speaker in your second language.
As a flight attendant, you’ll get to see the world and interact daily with people from different nationalities. Any service job dealing with the public will involve some challenging situations, but if you’re passionate about travel, the long hours and difficult customers will be well worth it.
The Entertainment Industry
The glamorous world of Hollywood might seem like a long shot, but it’s more attainable than you think. Coaching actors on language and accents, subtitling and voiceovers, there are lots of jobs in the entertainment industry that rely on people with your linguistic abilities.
No two days will be the same, and you’ll have lots of stories to impress friends with over a few drinks.
It might be obvious but teaching is a popular choice amongst linguaphiles for a reason. Passing on your passion and knowledge to beginners can be an inspiring way to earn a living.
Becoming an educator doesn’t just mean teaching A-level French. You can also run evening classes, teach abroad or open your own language school. Earn an MA in Applied linguistics and you’ll be able to take your language teaching career to the next level.
Working in advertising is a chance to get creative with language as you work to take goods and services international.
Cultural fluency is a hugely beneficial advantage of speaking several languages. This is your biggest selling point in this industry – agencies can feel confident in your ability to handle a foreign campaign with respect and accuracy.
The trick to turning your love of language into a career is to spend time figuring out your strengths and desires. You’ll quickly find that there are lots of options once you do.