“Businesses are crying out for students proficient in modern languages.
This demand has not decreased in the current economic situation…
They earn more than those without foreign language skills.”
“There is a massive shortage of translators/interpreters with German.
The demand for these will increase further in coming years.
Current starting salaries for translators with German are 4000€.”
(Alain Wallon, Head of EU Translation Services)
“John Herlihy, general manager of Google Ireland, says the company is
‘pretty satisfied’ with the technical level of graduates from Irish universities
but another vital skill is not being addressed. ‘Ireland needs, as a country,
to get more progressive on language skills. We need to look at
introducing languages much earlier in the education lifecycle,’ he says.
Anthony O'Mara, EMEA vice-president at Trend Micro in Cork, agrees.
‘It is getting relatively difficult to recruit skilled staff with a second language,
certainly among Irish people. I don't see the joined-up thinking on how we're
going to fix that problem."’
Enterprise Ireland has identified the need for graduates with sufficient
foreign language skills.
(“Lost in Translation” in The Market, pp. 12-13)
The most recent report by HECSU shows that Modern European Languages
graduates continue to be highly sought after by employers:
“On all counts, from employability to initial income levels, Modern Languages
graduates come just behind the most practical degrees in Medicine and Law.
One of the reasons for this is that an essential part of a Modern Languages degree
is the compulsory Year Abroad, which gives students an edge in language skills,
life experience and maturity.”
The EU Commission underlines in its “New Framework Strategy for
Multilingualism” the major role that languages and multilingualism play
in the European economy:
"Language skills are crucial for growth and jobs. Each year, thousands of European
companies lose business and miss out on contracts as a result of their lack of language
skills and intercultural competence."
Online companies now expanding in Ireland, such as Google or Paypal offer jobs
to graduates with a degree in a second European language. According to the
Paypal representative, interviewed on RTE Radio 1, Leaving Cert level is not sufficient:
“16/02/2011 - 07:29:56 - Online payments provider Paypal today announced 150 new jobs
at its European operations and customer service headquarters in Blanchardstown, Dublin.
The company is looking for full-time and part-time positions in customer service and
merchant services for individuals fluent in English and a second European language.”
Plurilingual employees are 50% less likely to be made redundant.
An employee with a foreign language earns 15% more on average.
(Francois Grin, Switzerland)
And, did you know that the ability to speak two languages can delay dementia?
The point is, that a degree in a foreign language does not confine you to a job in
customer services, but considerably improves your chances to find a well-paid,
full-time position in a whole range of sectors, including education and other areas
of the public service. And these chances further increase, if this language is German,
taken as a subject to degree level.
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