Five of the Best Foreign Language Jobs for Linguists

A foreign language proficiency can set you up for many more roles than you might immediately consider. A job as a linguist, translator or interpreter are the obvious choices for language learners, but increasingly positions in advertising, sales, finance, management, teaching, journalism, international charities and the civil service demand a level of language skills that currently in the UK we are struggling to meet.

One thing’s for sure, language graduates are not without plenty of options. The secret services (MI5 and GCHQ) are employers of linguists, as are the army and the police force, so if you think your time spent studying languages will consign you to a desk job, think again.

In this article we’re going to take a look at some of the jobs in which languages can give you a definite edge. We’ll explore some of the universities that offer job appropriate degrees, and take a look at a few of the typical employers in each sector.

Interpreter

A role for cool-headed, quick witted and exceptional linguists

The role of a professional interpreter might be one of the more obvious entries in our list, but there’s plenty of demand out there for quality interpreters at international conferences, smaller business meetings and even over the telephone. Speakers only pause briefly to allow interpreters to relay what has been said, so it’s essential potential candidates can go from one language to another instantaneously.

Employers: Potential employers include the civil service, the United Nations, the public sector, the European Commission and other European Institutions.

Universities: Universities offering interpreter degree programmes include Leicester, Newcastle, Middlesex and Portsmouth.

Translator

For word-perfect writers with an eye for detail

The role of a translator is to convert texts of all kind, literary, scientific, technical and commercial, into other languages. Large-scale international companies and translation agencies are always on the lookout for quality translators who also deliver a high standard of customer care.

Employers: Translation agencies, international companies, charities and the government.

Universities: Birmingham, Nottingham, Hull and Swansea universities all offer dedicated translation degree courses.

Teaching

For linguists who like long holidays and have the patience of a saint

The UK is desperately short of foreign language teachers at secondary school level. The government offers postgraduate grants of up to £25,000 to train as a secondary school teacher, and with plenty of jobs available, there shouldn’t be any problem securing a position in your area.

Employers: Private schools and secondary schools across the UK.

Universities: Bath Spa and Exeter both offer postgraduate teacher training positions for linguists.

Business

A diverse range of roles for the commercially aware

UK businesses and international companies based in the UK are looking for foreign language speakers in marketing, sales, finance, management and in customer service roles. Multilingual employees are highly prized in the business world and are a perfect fit for the international aspirations of many organisations.

Employers: Leading multinational companies across all sectors.

Universities: There are a whole host of universities offering business and management courses combined with an international language, such as King’s College London, Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds.

Travel

Pick this is you have a sense of adventure and a head for business

Languages can be incredibly useful in the travel industry, from sales and marketing roles to hospitality, tour guiding and many more. English might be the lingua franca of the travel industry, but liaising with customers and suppliers in their own language can really reap rewards.

Employers: Tour operators, hotels, booking websites and travel agencies.

Universities: Aberystwyth, Plymouth, Huddersfield and Sheffield Hallam all offer travel courses for language learners.

How can we help?

At Linguistica Recruitment, we offer a diverse range of foreign language jobs across the South Coast of England. Take a look at our current vacancies for details of jobs in your area or submit your CV today.

How to use your Language Skills to Boost your Career

If you’ve taken the time to learn another language, or have been lucky enough to have grown up abroad, you have an incredibly valuable asset that could really boost your career. Foreign language speakers are a rare breed in the British job market, so this standout skill could be just what you need to make your job application shine.

The dearth of foreign language speakers in the UK has prompted almost half of employers to turn to the international jobs market to find the skills they need. According to the latest National Skills Survey, 27 percent of vacancies in administrative and clerical roles went unfilled due to a shortage of foreign language skills.

Today, languages are a real differentiator in a diverse range of industry sectors, which gives them incredible potential to boost your career. Here’s how you can use your bilingualism to maximise your employability in the UK jobs market.

1. Combine your language skills with a core competency

If you’re not sure what subject to study at university, think about combining your language competency with a specific subject. A straight language degree will not necessarily make you as employable as a combination degree such as French and Economics or German and International Business. Although languages are extremely important for modern businesses, most will look for a language competency as part of a wider skills base. Pure language degrees tend to be seen as less valuable by employers, unless of course you want to become a professional translator or linguist.

2. Really sell your experience studying or working abroad

If you’ve spent time studying or working abroad while furthering your language skills, the cultural awareness and maturity this will have taught you is something you really need to sell on your CV. The ability to speak a foreign language in a professional environment gives an employer great insight into just how valuable you could become.

3. Don’t exaggerate your language skills

If there’s one thing employers value above all else, it’s honesty. Although it might be tempting to exaggerate your language skills on your CV, nothing will damage your chances of landing the job more. If you haven’t spoken the language for a couple of years and your skills need a little polishing, make sure you say so.

You should also be aware a second language is fluency is not always necessary. If you can demonstrate you have the fundamental skills, but need a little practice and support, the employer may well be willing to invest in you. And, above all else, they’ll be impressed by your honesty.

4. Cast a wide net in your language job search

Specialist language job recruiters like Linguistica Recruitment are an excellent place to start your language job search, but don’t limit yourself to just one or two job sources. The internet makes it easy to search far and wide for your language job in the UK. Rather than searching for the particular subjects you have studied, take a look at the skills demanded by businesses and apply for roles where there’s a crossover between the skills businesses need and the subjects you have studied. Sending speculative applications to employers that you’d like to work for can also be a surprisingly effective approach.

5. Search for companies with an international outlook

There are certain industries where language skills are in more demand than others. UK based retail companies for example, are unlikely to value language skills as much as an international market research firm. Companies such as Mintel, Euromonitor and WPP Group are just three examples of internationally orientated companies that need foreign language speakers for a number of positions.

How can we help?

As a specialist language recruiter, we can provide the personalised service you need to find a foreign language job in the UK. Take a look at our current vacancies and apply online. Alternatively, please call 02392 987 765 or email: info@linguistica-recruitment.com to discuss your requirements.

Studying a Language at University is the Way to Get Ahead

The massive hike in tuition fees has put British universities under more pressure to add value to the education they provide by enhancing the employment prospects of their students. Learning a second language is a sure fire way to get ahead in the competitive employment market. Most universities have a language centre packed with resources, making this the perfect opportunity to enhance your second language capabilities.

Last year there were 39 applicants for every graduate job. This year top graduate vacancies are at a premium, and with 2:1 degrees being handed out like they’re going out of fashion, it’s hardly surprising so many graduates are throwing themselves into a world of voluntary work and internships to make their application stand out.

But given the current language skills gap, which is causing UK business to miss out on billions of pounds worth of international trade, learning an international language could be the best way to make your graduate job hunt easier and more successful.

What can universities do?

There are plenty of undergraduates studying language courses at university, but these are not the only type of language learners British businesses are interested in. Most in demand are bilingual speakers with core skills in marketing, economics or finance who can also speak a second language on the side.

The trouble is that only 38 percent of Brits speak a foreign language, compared to 56 percent of Europeans. This current dearth of polyglots provides a real opportunity for undergraduates who are willing to go the extra mile and brush up on their language skills in their spare time.

There has also been an increase in the number of universities that are willing to offer optional foreign language modules as part of their main degree. Given the flexible schedules many students enjoy and the abundance of free time, this could be a great way for ambitious students to get a head start on their rivals.

It’s not all about fluency

It’s a common misconception that only fluent foreign language speakers are in demand from UK businesses, but that is not always the case. The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has found that 74 percent of employers are looking for applicants with conversational ability rather than fluency.

The truth is that you do not need to be word perfect to give yourself a distinct advantage in the competitive graduate recruitment market. Many employers believe conversational skills can still help to “break the ice, deepen cultural understanding, and open business access to new markets.”

Increasingly, multinational companies are seeing language skills as an added extra when considering applications, with many awarding bonus points to applicants with foreign language skills to their name.

Of course, learning a new language at degree level is hard work, particularly alongside your existing commitments. There are no shortcuts when learning a new language – you get out exactly what you put in, so if you don’t do the drills or put in the practice you simply won’t progress.

However, stick with it and the dedication is likely to impress prospective employers. Employers recognise it takes a lot of discipline to learn a new language, which is a highly valued quality in the workplace.

How can we help?

If you’re a graduate or a prospective employee looking for a second language job on the South Coast, we can help. We work with some of the best employers in the area to bring you exclusive, rewarding and well-paid bilingual jobs. Take a look at our latest multilingual vacancies today and upload your CV.

Multilingualism Matters: How Polyglots Benefit your Business

The message from an Italian-born developmental linguistics professor is clear: “Hire more multilingual employees, because these employees can communicate better, have better inter-cultural sensitivity, and are better at co-operating, negotiating and compromising. But they can also think more efficiently.”

Now that’s certainly a ringing endorsement for multilingualism at work from a recent article in the Financial Times; but are multilingual speakers really such an invaluable asset for UK businesses?

The big multinationals seem to think so…

Recent research into some of the UK’s leading multinational companies has revealed just how important language skills are to their continued operations. The management consultancy McKinsey can boast more than 130 different languages across its workforce, and is even willing to offer bursaries to those who want to learn another language before joining the company.

Unilever, the Dutch-British consumer goods company, estimates that around 80 percent of the group’s senior leaders speak at least two languages. While the financial services company Standard Chartered actively seeks bilinguals for its graduate training scheme.

…But what are the benefits?

The UK’s biggest companies are clearly convinced of the benefits of hiring bilinguals, but there’s also plenty of research that highlights the advantages language learners can bring.

Research has shown that bilinguals have an enhanced awareness of other people’s points of view, which stems from their deeper understanding that other people have a different perspective.

There is also evidence to show that employees with two or more languages are better at concentrating on the specific features of a problem and ignoring any misleading elements. Thy can also switch more seamlessly between tasks.

The multinationals are not so keen to hire bilinguals simply for the cognitive benefits – there are also plenty of practical benefits of appointing foreign language speakers for businesses exporting products and services overseas, making bilinguals a vital asset in global business environments.

The truth about bilingualism

  • Early exposure to two languages does not disadvantage children and can bring benefits. The cognitive benefits last from childhood through to old age.
  • You do not have to speak two languages in a perfectly balanced way to be bilingual. Bilinguals are simply people who know, and frequently use, more than one language.
  • In terms of the cognitive benefits, no language is more or less useful than another. The benefit comes from having the knowledge of more than one language in the brain.
  • The earlier you start, the better it is for developing the cognitive ability; however, the proficiency and the number of languages you learn is more important than the age you start.

Recruiting bilinguals

Clearly, multinationals with bases around the world have an advantage over smaller companies when it comes to the recruitment of bilinguals, but at Linguistica Recruitment, we plan to redress that balance.

We work with small and medium-sized businesses across the South coast, helping them recruit the bilingual employees they need to succeed on the domestic and global stage. To learn more about how we can help your business fill a bilingual skills gap, please get in touch today.

Key Insights into the UK’s Language Jobs Market

UK workers, like their international counterparts, must be increasingly able to work across borders, manage complex international and inter-cultural relationships, and understand global aspects of the world of work. The further up the chain of command you go, the more prevalent this need becomes.

A study for the Council of Industry and Higher Education (CIHE), found that senior managers and CEOs in many FTSE 100 companies are becoming increasingly multilingual. So much so that 45 percent of the UK’s leading companies now have non-British chief executives.

Researchers also noted that the UK’s largest employers are increasingly looking for graduate recruits with at least two foreign languages, along with drive, motivation and a willingness to learn.

The structure of the UK language jobs market

According to the British Academy of Languages, there are five different levels of language job UK employers are currently recruiting for. These fall within three levels of demand, as follows:

Explicit demand

  • Employers are recruiting for specialist linguistic roles e.g. translators, interpreters and foreign language teachers.
  • They are also looking for recruits with foreign language competencies alongside other professional skills e.g. foreign language marketers.

Explicit demand and implicit demand

  • Employers are recruiting for roles where foreign language competency is not essential but is a desirable skill.

Implicit demand

  • Employers want a foreign language competency to be embedded in other desirable skills and attributes
  • Companies are recruiting for roles where there is a future demand for foreign language skills.

Surveys of employers and recruiters have found specialist language roles account for a relatively small section of the language jobs market (approximately 10 percent). The vast number of language jobs are spread across those occupations where a foreign language competency is essential, but must also be supplement by other professional skills.

Which languages are in greatest demand?

Annual CBI Education and Skills surveys, which track employers’ demand for languages, reveal that French, German and Spanish (the languages most commonly taught in UK schools) account for almost half of the total demand. However, Chinese and Polish also feature very strongly.

It is also important to note that the demand for ‘new’ languages like Arabic, Japanese, Russian and Korean is in addition to those more traditional European languages, rather than instead of. This is due to the important role Europe still has to play for the vast majority of UK businesses expanding overseas.

French, German and Spanish are the languages most commonly requested in job advertisements, with French and German often sought in combination.

The research also found that Italian, Scandinavian and Dutch languages feature prominently in UK job advertisements, much more so than Chinese and Polish – despite the fact that these languages are very much in demand. It is thought the high number of Chinese and Polish speakers living in the UK makes it easier for British companies to find these skills amongst their existing workforce.

Are you looking for a foreign language job?

If you are, you’re in the right place. We work with a diverse range of companies to fill foreign language positions across the South Coast. Please upload you CV today and we will be in touch. Once we have all the details we need, we will happily put you forward for any language vacancies that match your linguistic and professional experience.

How to Find Foreign Language Jobs in the UK

Despite the fact that a lack of foreign language skills could be costing the UK economy up to £48 billion each year, many top level candidates are still finding it hard to kick start their linguistic careers.

There are a diverse range of foreign language jobs in the UK. Just a quick look at our jobs page and you’ll see we’re currently looking for a German-speaking sales manager, a Dutch-speaking customer support executive and Swedish-speaking market researchers, so there are plenty of jobs out there, you just need to know where to look…

Specialist language job recruiters

Generalist recruiters tend to shy away from language jobs because they do not always have the skills in-house to accurately test the candidate’s language proficiency. A ‘basic’, ‘intermediate’ and ‘advanced’ tick box simply doesn’t cut it when you’re recruiting for foreign language jobs.

That’s why you’ll usually find the best range of well-paid language jobs at specialist language recruiters like Linguistica Recruitment. All our candidates must complete written and spoken language tests to ensure the highest level of candidates for our clients, and the right type of job for you.

Picking the right role

The current skills shortage in the UK means  there are a whole host of positions available for foreign language speakers with the right level of experience. As with any job search, it’s essential you not only have the necessary language skills, but also the experience and core competencies to fill the role. Whilst this might seem obvious, it’s amazing how many people apply for a foreign language job, such as a German Marketing Manager, without having any previous experience in marketing.

Of course, you should also make sure your language skills meet the requirements of the job. If you have an intermediate ability in French, you would not be suitable for a role as an English to French translator or interpreter. As a general rule, if you couldn’t handle a face-to-face interview for the job in the target language, you probably shouldn’t apply.

Employers looking to fill a foreign language position will generally require a fluency in that language. Millions of Brits have GCSEs or A Levels in a European language, but that level of proficiency is not sufficient for a foreign language job.

Quick tips for conducting your foreign language job search

Here are six quick tips to help in your foreign language job search:

  • Make sure you upload your CV to Linguistica Recruitment and other specialist language recruitment agencies
  • Take a look at the language job boards online
  • Conduct an online search for jobs in your chosen language, skill type and location. For example, enter the search term: ‘French speaking finance workers in London’
  • Use social media to find suitable language roles (LinkedIn and Twitter are probably your best bet)
  • Use Google to search for companies with an international presence that you’d like to work for. Then take a look at the careers section on their website for details of their current vacancies.

Still struggling to find foreign language jobs in the UK? Just get in touch with the friendly team at Linguistica Recruitment who will be more than happy to help.

The Benefits of Hiring Bilingual Speakers for your Business

Generally there is some wisdom that heralds the benefit of speaking a second language, such as “it will help people better understand and appreciate other cultures and their people”, but when businesses are making their hiring decisions, they want to know whether there will be any economic gain from hiring a second language speaker.

Language graduates in the UK have the lowest unemployment rate of any discipline other than medicine and law, so the benefits of speaking a second language for individuals is clear, but what advantages can companies across the UK expect from a bilingual employee?

1. Help entering new markets

Bilingual employees are an incredibly valuable resource when it comes to entering new markets. A Spanish speaker with English as a second language, or vice versa, can help you unlock a huge number of potential markets around the world.

Those who have grown up speaking two or more languages understand how difficult communication between two different cultures can be. Generating consumer-facing content is essential when entering new markets, and bilingual employees can be extremely helpful when creating geotargeted posts.

2. Localisation becomes a breeze

The way a company’s website, blog and social media are localised for individual regions is central to the success of any overseas expansion effort. Localisation allows business to translate long form content, such as detailed guides or webpages, into different languages while keeping regional preferences and buying behaviours very much in mind.

A bilingual employee can also work with website developers and the online marketing team to develop a regional search engine optimisation (SEO) plan that helps the website rank for internet searches conducted in the target market.

3. Reduced relocation costs

A study of a number of American firms by the Employee Relocation Council found that large companies were spending an average of $1 million simply to replace employees who could not acclimatise to overseas assignments. 58 percent of employees who returned to the US said they had difficulty adjusting to the culture and the language of the new country.

4. A second pair of eyes

If your business is expanding into overseas markets, having a bilingual speaker on your staff could be hugely important when it comes to reviewing legal documents, contracts or packaging produced by clients and suppliers.

5. Bilinguals are better multitaskers

Understanding the intricacies of two different languages has been proven to increase an individual’s ability to multitask. People who speak more than one language find it much easier to switch between two tasks than those who only speak one. As bilinguals have two set of language rules in mind, their brains are wired to switch back and forth between them. This improves their ability to carry out more than one task at any one time.

How can we help?

If you’re sold on the superhuman powers of a second language speaker, we can help you find the perfect bilingual employee for your business. Take a look at our clients’ page to see how we can help you.

Does it Really Pay to Speak More than One Language?

The simple answer to that question is yes, it sure does, and in more ways than one. As a specialist language recruiter, we’re often asked just how beneficial it is to speak another language, not just in terms of an individual’s job prospects, but also in their everyday lives.

We currently have a wide range of language jobs available all across the South Coast, from an Italian business information manager position in Guildford, Surrey; to German, Swedish and Norwegian market research roles in Aldershot, Hampshire; and a number of Polish speaking customer service jobs in Southampton. Every time we seek a top level candidate to fill these roles we are reminded just how much it pays to speak another language.

Of course, we’re quite likely to be biased in this area given our line of work, but there’s plenty of research out there which corroborates our views.

You can earn more money…

While earning as much money as you possibly can is not the priority for every language job seeker, it’s a bonus to be paid well for doing a job you love. A survey of 2,700 UK employers has found that polyglots – people who speak more than one language – earn more money, have a wider choice of work, and perhaps more importantly, are more likely to be more successful with the opposite sex!

The survey shows that linguists can expect to earn an additional £3,000 a year for their additional language, which equates to a total of £145,000 over their working lives. Employers revealed they are prepared to pay workers earning the national average of £25,818 as much as 12 percent if they have a second language.

For higher earners, the findings are even more startling. Those earning £45,000 a year could see a potential boost of 20 percent, the equivalent of £9,000 a year or £423,000 over a lifetime if they are fluent in sought after languages like French, German, Spanish and Italian.

… And enjoy a better quality of life

Of course, it’s always nice when you’re on holiday to order that café au lait in the native language and the ability to do so is always very much appreciated by the locals. However, a number of research projects conducted over the years have also shed light on a range of other benefits that being bilingual can bring.

  • Adults who are bilingual from a young age tend to be more cognitively flexible, and more able to adapt to changing circumstances. They are also usually able to complete set tasks more quickly than those with only one language.
  • Bilingual children generally find problem-solving and switching from one task to another easier than their monolingual counterparts.
  • Learning another language later on in life gives the brain a boost as you enter into old age. The research showed improved general intelligence and reading skills of language learners who were well into their seventies.

It’s never too late to become a language learner

Nelson Mandela once said: “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.” The truth is it’s never too late to learn another language, whether you’re a polygot looking to take the next step on your linguistic career, or simply someone who wants to learn another language purely for pleasure.

For more information about any of the jobs listed above, please take a look at our latest language vacancies, or learn a little more about the process we go through when selecting our candidates.

Ten Top CV Writing Tips for Language Job Searchers

In most cases, your CV is a recruiter’s first introduction to you and your skill set, so it’s ESSENTIAL you get it right. At Linguistica Recruitment, a CV is always our first point of reference for screening potential candidates. Of course, top notch language skills are vital for any professional linguist, but unless the CV is on point, potential recruits will not progress as far as our written and spoken language tests and will miss out on an opportunity to show us what they can really do!

So, to help you grab the attention of a potential employer and give yourself the very best chance of landing that language job, here are a few top CV writing tips.

1. Layout and design

Recruiters can receive hundreds of CVs for linguistic positions, so it’s important the layout of your CV makes it easy to scan as they’re sifting through. A simple, professional design is the way to go for corporate jobs while positions in the creative industries tend to allow a little more poetic licence. An absolute must, however, is to make sure every section of your CV has a clear heading, in a readable font, so a recruiter can easily navigate your skills, education and experience.

2. Employment history

Past employment is a crucial section of your CV as it allows the recruiter to see how suitable you are for the role you are applying for. For competitive roles, past experience in a similar role can determine whether your CV ends up on the ‘yes’ or the ‘no’ pile. If you’re at the start of your linguistic career, consider internships of volunteering in linguistic roles that allow you to develop your skills in a professional environment.

3. Education

Whilst your education is important, for many employers, it is the attitude of the individual that carries the most weight. Of course, having the necessary language skills is a must, but 9 out of 10 employers will hire a hard working, positive individual without the first class honours degree over a pessimistic, unenthusiastic individual with a glittering academic record.

4. Skills

Writing your CV isn’t the most fun you’re going to have on a Friday night – that’s a fact,  but when it comes to landing that language job, it’s imperative you take the time to tailor your skills section to meet the description of each and every job. Making sure your skills match the requirements of the job you’re applying for is the easiest way to make your CV stand out.

5. Spelling and grammar

As a professional linguist, you’re meant to be proficient in two or more languages. The spelling and grammar on your CV is your chance to show your mastery of the English language. Even if your first language is French, German or Spanish, the ability to communicate clearly and concisely in English is key.

6. Photographs

In many European countries, it is the norm to enclose a photograph of yourself when applying for a job. In the UK, that’s not the case, so you can save that £4 you would have spent in the photo booth for a spot of lunch instead!

7. Length

Generally speaking, you should try to keep your CV to no more than two pages in length. That should give you more than enough room to show how your skills, education and experience relate to the role in question.

8. Include references

Enhance your credibility and reassure the recruiter by including references at the bottom of your CV, or by simply stating that ‘references are available on request’.

9. Proofread it carefully

Even the most careful writer can make mistakes when typing their CV. A spell check will identify some of your mistakes, but not all. Often the most telling mistakes are those errors a spell check does not pick up.

10. Send it to us!

Once you’ve followed this ten point guide and created a CV you can be proud of, send it to us here at Linguistica Recruitment. Check out our latest language job vacancies, click ‘apply now’ and we will help you take the next step in your linguistic career.

Five of the Best Language Careers for Professional Linguists

When you think about the type of language careers open to professional linguists, you’ll consider the obvious positions like interpreter, translator, foreign language teacher, or even the head of a translation company. However, the reality is that there are far more options out there than language lovers might first think.

These days, talented linguists have an extremely diverse range of potential careers to choose from. Globalisation and the emerging markets have made linguists a must-have for companies looking to build links and expand overseas. This opens up myriad job opportunities in advertising, sales, management, finance and investment. Language jobs also crop up in the Foreign Office and elsewhere in the civil service, in journalism, and in international charities, so there’s no shortage of opportunities for someone with a linguistic skill set.

Let’s take a look at five potential language careers for professional linguists to help you find a position that’s well suited to your aptitudes and interests…

1. Interpreter

If you are an exceptional linguist with the ability to think on your feet then the role of an interpreter could be for you. Interpreters convert speech from one language to another and are commonly used at international conferences and business meetings.

There are many potential employers of interpreters, such as the European Commission, United Nations, the civil service and private agencies.

2. Translator

If you enjoy working alone, have an eye for detail and write well, a career as a translator could be for you. The job of a translator is to convert scientific, technical, commercial or literary texts to another language. European languages are currently in high demand, with many large-scale international companies frequently on the lookout for in-house translators to help them communicate with clients and customers.

Prospective employers include charities, government, international businesses and freelance opportunities through translation agencies.

3. The travel industry

More often than not, those with a passion for languages also love to travel, so a job in the travel industry could be a perfect fit for those with a head for business and a sense of adventure. There are a wide range of roles in the travel industry for those with a second language, from sales and marketing to hospitality and tour guiding.

Employers include travel agencies, booking websites, tour operators and more.

4. Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ)

The Government Communications Headquarters, or GCHQ, is an intelligent and security organisation based in Cheltenham. Although working for the secret services might not be everyone, there are some excellent positions on offer for the right applicants.

GCHQ needs to know what is going on in other countries in order to protect our interests. A linguist is often the first person at GCHQ to discover something of importance. They then have to compile a report on the information, which requires intelligence and a well-trained mind. Of 4,500 people at GCHQ, roughly 250 are linguists.

5. Secondary school teacher

In the UK, we are currently crying out for hard working modern language teachers. If you are a qualified linguist with an interest in teaching, postgraduate grants of up to £25,000 are available to train as a secondary school teacher. Secondary schools in the state and independent sector are constantly on the lookout for qualified language teachers with a sense of vocation. If that sounds like you, you might just have found your next language career.

For more information about the language careers on offer at Linguistica Recruitment please take a look at our jobs page. If you see anything you like the look, please click the ‘apply for this position’ button to upload your CV. Once received, a member of the HR team will be in touch to discuss your suitability for the role.