TOWARDS A STRATEGY FOR DEVELOPING AND IMPLEMENTINGLANGUAGE EDUCATION POLICIES IN SERBIA (STRALED) The Employability of Language Professionals Jelena Gledić November 13th, 2012 Belgrade
The Employability of Language Professionals Who are language professionals? Where do they seek employment? What type of employment is offered? How are they assessed in job interviews? How easily can they seek jobs outside their primary professional field? Should university studies be aimed towards employability?
Who are language professionals? Persons who have a degree in languages People who work in translation, interpreting, teaching etc. REFLESS Project study: 1826 respondents 827 students 236 unemployed graduate philologists 171 employed graduate philologists 526 companies 66 univesity teachers Are they satisfied? Why did they choose philology?
Who are language professionals? Grade Average no. of Have additional average Studied abroad years of study qualifications (out of 10)Un employed graduates 6,3 7,97 34,3% 55% Employed graduates 5,31 8,47 46% 66%
Where do they seek employment? Schools – English, French, Russian, German (Spanish, Italian, Chinese) Language schools SMEs Government, embassies, libraries, cultural centers, How fast do they find a job after graduation?
What type of employment is offered? Temporary Part-time Language *translation, interpreting, formal correspondence Language and culture Language, literature and culture
How are they assessed in job interviews? Interview International certificate RecommendationWe have a talk with the candidatePapers don’t matter, it matters that the candidate can really speak in a foreign language when neededThe candidate should really know the language
How easily can they seek jobs outside their primary professional field? Additional skills Professional skills over language skills Should university studies be aimed towards employability?