Straled 2012 Jelena Gledic

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STRALED 2012 - November 13th 2012

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  • 1. TOWARDS A STRATEGY FOR DEVELOPING AND IMPLEMENTINGLANGUAGE EDUCATION POLICIES IN SERBIA (STRALED) The Employability of Language Professionals Jelena Gledić November 13th, 2012 Belgrade
  • 2. 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?
  • 3. 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?
  • 4. 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%
  • 5. 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?
  • 6. What type of employment is offered? Temporary Part-time Language *translation, interpreting, formal correspondence Language and culture Language, literature and culture
  • 7. 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
  • 8. 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?