Featured Advice
What are your interests?

Realist?

Realist

Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.

Career Advice

Career Advice

What advice do you have for school leavers?

If you are still in school, choose at least one language subject because you can then keep that door open rather than lose the option of having languages in your CV. In higher or further education pick languages as your subjects, or at least pick languages modules for the same reason.

If you are considering teaching, ensure you are fully qualified to teach. Being unqualified will pose issues such as not being considered for positions or not being paid the qualified rate.

What advice do you have for graduates?

Whatever your chosen career is, language skills will be an advantage. Having language skills will give you options - it is better to have those options than not to have them.

Listen to advice from some industry experts here. 

What advice do you have for career changers?

If you studied languages, consider getting qualified in a related area. For example, acquire a business, technical or teaching qualification to go with your languages degree in order to build a very strong skill set.

 

What advice do you have for those wishing to go back to work?

If your language skills are rusty you will need to upskill your language proficiency. You can do this with a course or on your own, find ways to practice your language proficiency skills and use on-line aids.

If you need a further qualification, for example if you are interested in international business or tourism consider adding it to your CV.