Ireland’s only regional language careers event, the GRADchances Language Fair Cork, is taking place on Wednesday 2nd November from 5.30pm in Boole Basement, University College Cork. This event brings together some of Ireland’s largest and most influential language employers exhibiting. This event gives students and graduates the chance to meet these employers and see what opportunities are available to them.
Each of the exhibiting companies are actively recruiting students with languages including German, French, Portuguese, Russian, Mandarin, Japanese, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Polish. With over 100 jobs up for grabs, this is an event not to be missed! There will even be interviews conducted on the evening of the event, so come prepared!
When speaking about the event, Suzanne Reidy, HR Manager at GLG stated, ‘We are really excited to be attending this year’s GRADchances Language Fair Cork; GLG offers an exciting 6 month internship programme for recent graduates. This opportunity allows interns to work closely with business leaders that drive industry decisions globally. It also gives interns the chance to use their language skills’. GLG currently have exciting positions for students and graduates who speak French, Spanish, German, Italian, Swedish and Russian.
With increasing demand for students and graduates with languages, as well as an increase in overall graduate employment, having a second language can put students ahead of the competition when it comes to job hunting. When speaking about the importance of languages in business, Sinéad D’Arcy, Head of Recruitment at Jameson stated, ’From an employer’s perspective, to build and deliver sustainable growth in the world of international business, multilingual graduates are a key asset to capitalise on opportunities for growth in overseas markets. Communicating in the local language can help break the ice, can lead to better working relationships and ultimately more business. Employers are increasingly conscious of this and as Irish businesses and multinationals located in Ireland do business with an ever increasing number of countries around the world there is a growing range of careers open to language graduates’.
This event is a prime opportunity for students and graduates with this highly sought after skill set to take the first step to getting their dream job.
Each year gradireland conducts research into graduate recruitment, producing the gradireland Graduate Salary & Graduate Recruitment Trends Survey. Speaking about this research in The Irish Times, Director of gradireland Mark Mitchell stated, ‘This year, we surveyed employers and found that, for the first time, having a fluency in a foreign language was one of the most prized attributes a graduate could have’.
So kick start your career with languages today by attending the GRADchances Language Fair in Cork next Wednesday!
Find out more about the GRADchances Language Fair Cork at https://gradireland.com/events/248292