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Second language 'boosts graduate job hunt'

Published: Tuesday, 23 September 2008   Category: Career Advice

Those with a second language could be at an advantage when it comes to getting graduate jobs, one expert has claimed.

Leonard Orban, the EU commissioner for multilingualism, explains that many firms in the UK are looking for candidates with more than one language, reports the Guardian.

Speaking to the newspaper, he said: "An English mother-tongue candidate with additional languages has an even more competitive edge."

Knowing a local language and culture makes it more likely people will be able to clinch a vital business deal, he added.

He also pointed to research which shows graduates with language skills are seen as more flexible than those without them.

Recently, international financial services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers was named as the best graduate employer by the Times.

According to the company - which offers more than 1,000 graduate jobs each year - the title is "a great accolade", especially as it is voted for by graduates.ADNFCR-1068-ID-18793281-ADNFCR

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