Maria did both an undergraduate degree in French and Modern Greek and an MA in French Literature and Culture, followed by work as a lectrice at Nanterre University on exchange from King's College London. During that time she successfully applied to do a PhD in Contemporary Women's Writing back in the UK. Here is her advice for other potential PhD applicants, based on her experiences.
Rachel is studying French and German at the University of Bristol, and is currently spending the second part of her year abroad working as a translation intern in Biarritz in the south of France. Here is an account of her first week there, which is especially useful if you are about to begin a placement yourself or are trying to decide what to do on your year abroad...
The media is onto it, forward-thinking businesses have already started to buy into it, and organisations up and down the country are singing their praises… But just why are Erasmus students and Global Graduates such a good investment for companies across industries?
Complete linguistic immersion on your year abroad can turn a language barrier into one of your biggest advantages. Being fluent in a foreign language has innumerable benefits in both your personal and professional life. If you discover you have an aptitude for and enjoy language learning, it’s worth considering an entrepreneurial career that takes advantage of your language skills, such as starting up a language school, a tourism agency or a translating and interpreting business. Here is an interview with Claire Lucia Grant, Founder of Claire L Grant Language Services.
Judy Verses is the President of Global Enterprise and Education for Rosetta Stone responsible for all institutional business across all geographies. She holds a B.Sc. in Business Administration from the University of Connecticut and was a winner of the Washington Business Journal Award for "Women Who Mean Business" in 2009. She was recently announced as a Finalist in the Women In Technology annual ‘Women in Leadership Awards’. We leapt at the chance to interview her and find out more about her plans for Rosetta Stone and her thoughts on the year abroad, language education and global opportunities for linguists.
Thanks to Routes into Languages, I was lucky enough to attend a talk about careers for linguists at GCHQ: my secret dream alternate career. (Though now I’ve told you that, there’s no chance whatsoever.) In fact, I’m quite excited by the fact that GCHQ’s Cyber team are obviously going to read this article to check that I’m not causing trouble, so - Hi guys! Keep up the good work :) Here's a roundup of GCHQ: what they do, whether or not they have a license to kill, why languages are important, what GCHQ linguists do, the experience and skills they are looking for, what a graduate role involves, plus top advice and tips for applying for a graduate role.
Elissa is studying English and French at the University of Leicester and is currently in France on her year abroad working as a Language Assistant just outside Lille. She spent last summer working at an American summer camp, and had such a fun and CV-enhancing experience that she'll be packing up her bags this summer and heading back to Rhode Island! Here is Elissa's advice about why it's 'academically' a good idea to work in a summer camp and develop your leadership skills over the holidays.
You know what it’s like to arrive in a new country and feel lost, or to try and communicate with someone without speaking their language, or to try to use a new product without understanding the instructions, or to misunderstand foreign paperwork – imagine how useful it would be to have a middle man who understands what you’re going through and can make it easier for you. As someone who knows and appreciates two languages and two cultures, you can act as a bridge between them for people. You can help them to buy a house abroad, communicate with foreign tradesmen, visit cultural sites, organise a wedding abroad or negotiate business dealings, and you are in a unique position to do so. Here's an interview with James Martin, Founder of All Abroad.
Your year abroad gives you a unique opportunity to travel. You can take advantage of extensive university holidays and cheap student travel deals to explore your new destination and the surrounding cities and countries. Your experience travelling will open your eyes to other cultures and may even spark a business idea. Here is an interview with Dominic Eden, the Founder of Gadabouting, a luxury travel inspiration service that connects you to specialist travel agencies and high-end hotels, so you can plan your trip with all their expertise.