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Daniel Bird  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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German to English
Feb 4, 2008

A sketchy and slightly Eurocentric piece tonight about the dearth of interpreters coming through the ranks in the UK; apparently you're all reaching retirement age (not that I believe it personally) so how on earth will all the lifecoaches, media analysts and financial advisers communicate in future, poor loves..?

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festinalente  Identity Verified
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Interesting Feb 5, 2008

Thank you for posting!

It was very interesting. Even in Korea, language-related majors are not popular with young students since there's no guarantee they all end up landing a good-pay job. Employers prefer finance or business related majors to English or other sort of language counterparts.

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Looks interesting... Feb 5, 2008

thanks for the link Daniel.



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Sally Winch  Identity Verified
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Lack of communication between the UK and linguists based abroad. Feb 5, 2008

I moved to Italy after being labelled 'unemployable' at the careers fair at my UK uni in the late 80s - despite having a 2-1 Hons degree in Italian with French with a distinction in spoken language and 2 years experience of working with major multinationals in Italy - and found a fertile world for translation and interpreting. When I moved back to the UK 6 years later it was to a world unaware of the thriving language businesses abroad. I have written to the programme makers and suggested they contact some of the UK language associations and check out the real numbers of English linguists living and working abroad having come to the profession at a later stage, and also suggested they look at the training courses available outside the UK. I would imagine they could recruit many skilled linguistfrom abroad if they offered them attractive enough packages.

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