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What is Language
Language forms the foundation of communication and it is the default method of modern human interaction. There are currently 6,909 living languages listed in the Ethnologue catalogue, which is rated one of the best linguistic resources, with 6% of them having more than a million speakers each, collectively accounting for 94% of the world's population. It can be invaluable to be bilingual or have a certified qualification in another language other than your mother tongue. In today's world, geographical mobility is greatly accessible meaning a large number of individuals decide to move location either nationally or internationally. To accommodate for immigration, there has been a demand on the large organisation, in particular, to employ employees with bilingual skills. According to research carried out by Babbel, the 10 most spoken languages in the world are:
  • Chinese
  • Spanish
  • English
  • Hindi
  • Arabic
  • Portuguese
  • Bengali
  • Russian
  • Japanese
  • Punjabi/Lahnda
Opportunities in Language
There are a wide range of industries and specific career roles that demand a bilingual professional. Although it might require you to become certified or qualified in that profession also, being able to speak a common language other your mother tongue provides you with a competitive advantage over other candidates that cannot speak another language. Professions where another language would be useful and desirable include:
Social worker
A Social Worker is responsible for supporting individuals and their family during times of instability and to ensure individuals that are vulnerable are safeguarded from harm.
The role of a Translator is to convert a written or verbal word or phrase from one language to another. A translator could be needed in a court of law or a police force.
Human Resources Specialist
A Human Resources Specialist is responsible for recruiting, screening, interviewing and placing candidates into appropriate and relevant job positions. This could mean working with individuals from another country that have emigrated.
The role of a teacher is to help others learn and acquire knowledge, competences or values in a particular subject or culture for example. A teacher can be present in many forms from a primary school teacher to a secondary school teacher, or a language specialist.
Immigration Specialist
An Immigration Specialist is responsible for helping individual emigrate from their country of origin to another country legally. The Immigration Specialist will help the emigrant complete legal documentation and processes to increase their chances of immigration.
Flight Attendant
The role of a Flight Attendant is to ensure the safety and comfort of passengers onboard an aircraft. A flight attendant is also known as a Steward or Stewardess.
Risk Manager
The role of a Risk Manager is to identify potential risks that could be a detriment to the profitability or existence of a company.
Marketing Director
A Marketing Director is responsible for the organisation's marketing communications strategy as well as brand image.
Investment Banker
An Investment Banker is an individual who works within a financial institution and focuses on raising money in the capital markets for organisations or the government for example.
A Nurse is responsible for the protection and care of unwell individuals, as well as the prevention of illnesses, the facilitation of healing and the alleviation of suffering through the delivery of treatment.
A language qualification is a requirement for many job positions in a variety of industries, it is, therefore, difficult to distinguish one single career route after securing a language certification or qualification. It is down to the individual which industry and, most importantly, the job role they chose to progress in after completing a language learning course.If an individual is interested in gaining or completing a language learning course, there are many options available. Individuals could decide to complete a university undergraduate degree or master's degree in their chosen language, or opt for an online language course which could take a number of weeks or years to complete depending on the course. If individuals choose to embark on one of these routes, it would be helpful to have achieved a qualification at GCSE and A Level in language provided by your education provider to demonstrate your ability to learn a language and to provide the basic groundwork to go on to study that language.
According to UCAS, there are a range of vocational qualifications (such as BTECS, NVQ/NVQs and Diplomas) linked to an interest in modern foreign languages including:
  • Travel and tourism
  • Hospitality and catering
  • Public services
  • Environmental studies
  • Childcare
There are also a number of apprenticeships linked to languages, including:
  • Leisure, travel and tourism
  • Education and training
  • Retail and commercial enterprise
  • Health, public services and care

Language learning courses

e-Careers provide an array of language learning courses. Whether you're interested in developing your English skills or are keen to learn a new language there are a range of courses available to learn online. The advantage of studying with e-Careers is that you can combine learning with full-time work, family commitments and social and leisure activities - you're in control of where you learn from and when you learn. Language learning courses available include:

  • Arabic
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Italian
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Thai
  • Turkish
  • English
  • A2 English Course - Complete Interactive Pre Intermediate English Course with Speech Analysis & Certificate
  • A1 English Course - An Interactive World of English with Speech Analysis & Certificate
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