Leaving Certificate results are about to be released, and soon thousands of students will be embarking on studies in their chosen fields.
Languages are up
CAO figures in 2019 show an increase in applications for languages. While arts courses have taken a hit, humanities are up and so are languages. Overall there was a 28% jump in those applying for language courses. In first preferences there was a 20% increase in languages. For example DCU say they have seen a rise in STEM, humanities and languages-related courses.
The rise in the interest in foreign languages could be explained by employers being attracted to employees with language skills, and students simply responding to the needs of the employers and the economy. Perhaps Brexit has focused minds, and the realisation that languages will be useful if and when Brexit happens. With all the news about Brexit, the existence of markets beyond the English language is more obvious. Today’s young people are actively mobile and have seen opportunities and advantages language skills bring. Anyone with older siblings who have successfully completed an ERASMUS year abroad have probably seen the positives an exposure to other languages and cultures brings. Young people’s lives are made of more than just the economy, and the interest in foreign languages could well also reflect the more global mindset of the young population.
CareersPortal new search facility to find which courses come with languages options
For CAO applicants who will be embarking on a course other than pure languages, there are many options to include a language in their chosen field. CareersPortal now has a new search facility which will find a course with a language option.
For example Accounting and Finance in DCU or Arts-History in NUIG come up in a search for a language. Spanish or German with Arts-Accounting in Maynooth, Law Plus in UL or Marketing in CIT offer a whole range of languages, illustrating how it is possible to combine a course with languages.
To search for courses which offer a language option, scroll down to ‘With foreign languages’ on the left hand side of the CourseFinder page and tick the languages you are interested in.
See what the industry experts say about careers and languages here.