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Second language useful for securing graduate jobs

Published: Thursday, 13 January 2011   Category: Career Advice

University-leavers looking for graduate jobs should consider gathering "languages and cultural skills" while studying

A report from Ofsted on modern foreign languages recently found barriers to good language learning in secondary schools, which means students could try and learn while at university, to make easier to find graduate opportunities.

According to Teresa Tinsley, director of planning, delivery and communications at CILT, the National Centre for Languages: "There is evidence that more and more employers want languages and cultural skills, and the international savvy that language learning brings."

The director added that pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds in particular are unaware of the advantages of having a second language.

"We must guard against languages being seen as an elitist subject which is of no relevance to lower performing pupils.

"Many of our most disadvantaged children still need encouragement to recognise the benefits of language learning," Ms Tinsley added.

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