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'Languages as important as maths and IT for graduate job hunters'
Friday, 26 February 2010
The director of communications at CILT, the National Centre for Languages, has said that the ability to speak a modern language is just as important for those looking for graduate jobs in business management, as maths and ICT skills.
Teresa Tinsley said that in an increasingly globalised businesses world possessing language skills can put graduate job candidates ahead of their rivals and help them excel once they are in the workplace.
She said: "It is going to be much more important to have a second language in the future, than it has been in the past.
"There's going to be competition for jobs, competition from English speaking people from other countries as well who can offer a language. Languages have as much importance as maths, science and ICT. It's about understanding the wider world around you and being a rounded person as well."
Ms Tinsley was speaking in response to a study conducted by her employers in partnership with the Try Life in another Language campaign that rated French, German and Spanish as the languages considered most useful by employers.
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