Case Studies - Working with Languages

David, Owner/Director, Prewetts Health Foods Ltd

Having another language is a ‘life skill’.


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David, Head of Middle East North Africa desk with BNP Paribas Wealth Management, Paris

As a private banker to middle eastern clients Dave gives financial advice to clients coming from The Lebanon, Syria and the Gulf region who wish to bank in Paris.


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Alex, Chairman

My role is to develop significant business opportunities both in the UK and further afield.


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Lowri, Comenius Dissemination Officer

I assist schools to establish curriculum projects with other countries in Europe. I am also involved in professional training for educational staff as well as on the Comenius Assistants programme which sends and receives young teachers to and from Europe. The job can mean speaking to schools, conferences, European Seminars as well as administrative work.


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Edward, UK Sales Manager

Responsible for UK market for a French Company : private label manufacturer of Cosmetics supplying major proprietory brands & Retail Groups.


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Caroline, European Information Officer

I manage Europe Direct Llangollen, which is a European public information centre. My job is to communicate European Union policies and information to the general public and to ensure that the general public can use me as a feedback mechanism to the European Union.


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Richard, Semperoper Ballet Company

Next week I will be moving to Dresden in Germany to join the Semperoper Ballet Company which is a well known company in the ballet world. This will be the first professional company I will be dancing with after graduating from The Royal Ballet School in Covent Garden.


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Mike, Lecturer in English as a Foreign Language

I am a Lecturer in English as a Foreign language now and taking the time to learn a second language helps me in my job enormously. Understanding what is involved in grappling with a second (or third or fourth) language enables you to empathise with your students.


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Andrew, International Exchanges Officer

I am required to managed and administer exchange and study abroad placements for around 200 staff and students per year as well as recruit international students from North America and the Middle East. My job involves a considerable amount of administration, organisation of resources and travel overseas to represent the University.


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Gwenlllian, County Councillor, Plaid Cymru

have taught at University, have worked in Plaid Cymru's Policy Unit and have completed a PhD in Political Theory. I now work as an Office Manager for Leanne Wood AM.


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Joanna, Agency and Marketing Assistant

I worked for a company called Alcatel (based in Brest, Brittany in north west France) who are in the telecommunications industry, and was in a department called Professional Services.


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Marc, Journaliste Présentateur

I am a television presenter, news reader, journalist. I work now for France 24 a new 24 hour news channel based in Paris. I write and present the news and host a current affairs talk show each day.


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Susan, Communications and External Relations Director

work for the Information Commissioner’s Office – we are a government body which oversees the Data Protection Act and Freedom of Information Act.


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Nia, Policy Offer, Brussels

The best thing about the course was the year abroad as I was given the opportunity to live and study in Aix en Provence for a year. I loved learning about another culture and having such a great opportunity!


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Joanna, CILT Careers Adviser and French Teacher

By learning another language your doors will be kept open. There is a shortage of language graduates in this country and by choosing to study another language you will be in demand.


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Boyd, Language Teacher and Translator

I teach Welsh, French and Italian to people in Further Education. This includes doing OCN (Open Colleges Network) excercises with them in order for them to obtain OCN Credits. Occasionally, I also help to prepare those learning Welsh to sit the WJEC (Welsh Joint Education Committee) ‘Defnyddio’r Gymraeg’ (‘Using Welsh’) exams.


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Lowri, Teacher, France

I am responsible for teaching English to 8 classes over 4 schools of various age groups, CE1 (7-8 years old) and CM2 (10-11 years old). The children are so likeable and from my own experience are a lot more independent than children back home.


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Katie, English Teacher, Barcelona

As an English language teacher at International House, Terrassa, Barcelona, I taught primary school children, teenagers and adults.


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Leri, Outreach and Information Officer for the European Commission Office in Wales.

I use French on work trips to Brussels, Spanish and French when liaising with colleagues from the other EU25, and a lot of the internal EU administration is in French.


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Valerie, Director HR

I'm the Director of a Pharmaceutical Company responsible for HR/Training/Health, Safety and Environment. Previously I was a Senior Manager in food and automotive mainly, HR/Manufacturing and Commercial Management.


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Karina, Information Officer, St David's Centre.

I’m fluent in Spanish and French, and English obviously. I’m not fluent in German and Italian yet, thought I would like to be in the future.


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Helen, Professional Development Coordinator

As a Professional Development Coordinator with Careers Wales West I organise a range of Professional Development Programmes across South West Wales.


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Helen, Cydlynydd Datblygu Proffesiynol

Ydw, er fod fy sgiliau eraill yr un mor bwysig. Roedd fy nghwmni'n edrych am rywun a oedd yn siarad Saesneg yn rhugl (rwy'n gweithio ym Madrid) ac roedd hynny'n anodd iawn! Mae fy swyddfa'n ddwyieithog, ac rydym i gyd yn siarad Sbaeneg a Saesneg, felly mae'r ffaith fy mod yn rhugl yn y ddwy iaith wedi fy helpu i setlo i mewn ac i wneud fy ngwaith yn well.


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Carl, Tour-Co-ordinator, Wales Millenium Centre

I think as an individual, the more skills you have the more equipped you will be for life in general. In a working environment where you are dealing with a broad range of people either on the telephone or face to face communications skills are paramount and it is a very distinct advantage to be able to converse in more than one language.


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Gareth, Author/Director

I speak German, Spanish, Welsh and a little of the Basque language


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Marie-Claire, Civil Servant

The ability to speak to people in their own language and seeing their surprise and delight instead of being lazy and just speaking in English.


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Polly, International Medical Assistance Co-ordinator

Learning Spanish from scratch and the depth of study of French. Cultural modules also very interesting and the social life together with opportunity to live in Barcelona priceless.


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Richard, Chair London 2012 Forum

The main Olympic languages are English and French and all of our publications for the International Olympic Committee have been in both. Bidding involves travelling in a number of countries where interpretation may be important.


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Jon, European Sales Engineering Manager

I have worked at Panasonic since July 1998 where I was one of the founder members of a new IT division called CPE ‘Computer Products Europe’.


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Mark, Director

My Company markets, supplies and installs sport floors, mainly into the education market. One of my key responsibilities is to ensure that the business keeps coming in. I do this by working with my manufacturer, ‘Desso DLW Sport Systems’ various accounts I have, and ongoing business strategies. I am also responsible for the daily running of the business.


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Trystan, Rugby Player

It is now six weeks since I left Wales and settled in Mid- North of Italy in the town of Mantova. My intention is to get a taste of another culture and I also hope to learn Italian. With only words such as ‘Ciao…grazie…per favore’ to communicate with the locals, I knew that I had my work cut out for myself.


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Steve, Airbus

Airbus is one of the world’s leading aircraft manufacturers and consistently captures around half of the market for aircraft of over 100 seats.


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Keith, Police Constable

The term “speak” covers a variety of degrees of ability. I can communicate to varying degrees in English, Welsh, French, German, Portuguese and Polish but I would only claim to be fluent in English.


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Fiona, Head Translator

Providing written and simultaneous translation of a very high standard to all departments of both local authorities (councils). This can range from issues relating to education to the enviroment, and from social services to licensing


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Vicky, Athrawes Saesneg

The year out was definitely an experience. Also as the Spanish Dept. at Aberystwyth has a very good reputation, the modules on offer were varied & really interesting.


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Caroline, Calsonic Kansei

Cyd-drefnwyr cyfrif (cwsmeriaid tramor), Ymgynghorydd Cyfraith Grw^p, Trefnwyr a Pheirianwyr.


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Nicola, Business Development Manager

The best thing about studying a foreign language is definitely the chance to spend a year abroad! I would never have dreamed of taking a year out of University to study abroad if it hadn't been part of my degree course.


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Rhys, Trainee Solicitor

Last year I decided to take a break after finishing my legal studies, and wanted to improve my French. Luckily my father had a number of contacts in various rugby clubs in France due to Caerphilly's campaigns in European club competitions. As a result, I decided to go to Agen Rugby Club in South West France for five months.


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Kath, Senior Sales Co-ordinator

It gives you opportunities to work with people from other countries more easily and to even work abroad if you wanted to - and it makes travelling easier too.


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Helen, Marketing Assistant

I am an administrative assistant, dealing with matters in Spanish and English, and then I also research into new concepts for the company´s sales strategy, checking international news and business trends.


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Sian, Senior Sales Representative

When selling in Modern Languages publications it is always useful to have an understanding of the content! With my knowledge of languages other jobs are open to me within the company - e.g. International Sales Executive covering Europe which would require an in depth knowledge of languages - this would be a great job for me when my children have gone off to University!!


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Kristina, Hr Adviser

I spent my wonderful year out in Rouen in Normandy in France and in Seville in Spain.


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Mererid, Solicitor

Solicitor in commercial department. Main duties include, taking client instructions, attending meetings, drafting and negotiating contract terms.


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Stacey, Subtitler

I provide live subtitles for BBC sports and news. The subtitles are produced by listening to the commentary and repeating it, editing it down and adding punctuation as I do so. This is then sent out as live subtitles, using a voice -recognition system. There is only a three second delay between speaking it and the subtitles going out live, so it is a job where you have to think on your feet and remain calm at all times.


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Rachel, Training Consultant

There are so many great things about studying a language! One of the greatest is the variety. A language course offers such a range of learning, in addition to the language itself you learn about the history, politics, society, culture, music, food, wine and lots more! There is also the fantastic year abroad!


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Rhian, Financial Translator

As I studied single honours French in my final year, I was able to take nearly every module offered in the department which meant I had the opportunity to study everything from medieval French to Surrealism. This gave me a more rounded view of French culture in general, which I think is very important for someone living abroad.


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