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“I work in the European headquarters ofa media agency where I use not only mylanguage skills, but my knowledge ofother cul...
“My current employer highlighted myyear abroad as a selling point. In myexperience, if you want to work for acompany that ...
“Inevitably you grow in confidence,not only in your chosen language,but as an individual because it is anachievement to se...
“The most transferable skill to comeout of my year abroad was theconfidence to speak in front of largegroups of people, wh...
“The confidence, communicationand mediation skills I acquired haveproved invaluable. The year abroadtruly gave me signific...
“I work for the ambulance service byday, and by night I am a SpecialConstable for Greater ManchesterPolice. Both of these ...
“When I spoke to managers aboutfuture job prospects, they said thatit was the year abroad that hadinstantly made my CV sta...
“Upon graduation I joined the RoyalAir Force so the languages didntreally play much of a part in myfuture but selection bo...
“I would not have been able tobuild the relationships necessaryfor successful EU negotiationwithout the real spoken French...
“Without doubt, my year abroadincreased my employability,demonstrating a variety ofcompetencies such asadaptability, motiv...
“During my time at the BBC I haveworked in a number of differentroles, from producing radio and TVcontent to presenting my...
“The reality is that nearly everyonewho applied for the same positionsas me had a good degree andrelevant work experience,...
“There is no doubt in my mind thatI wouldn’t have had the focus,drive or resilience to secure a jobafter graduation in a v...
“I am now a full time ParliamentaryAssistant in the EuropeanParliament, a job I am sure I wouldnot have secured without my...
“Flights: £500. Accommodation:£2,000. Tuition fees: £1,500. Valueof the third year abroad: Priceless.”  Aimee, BA Hons Mod...
“I believe the confidence and independence gained during my year abroad helped me through the application and interview st...
“The experience abroad, above all else, gave me the confidence that I could achieve whatever I put my mind to. Im now 3 mo...
“I hope to continue my futurecareer building on my experiencesfrom the year abroad to helpdeliver quality education for th...
“Nothing that I can write can trulyjustify the immense emotionaltransformation I have undergone.”  Kate-Marie, French S tu...
“It is simply inconceivable that Ishould have reached this stage in therecruitment procedure without theskills and experie...
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Quotes about 'Valuing the year abroad'

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The British Academy and University Council of Modern Languages (UCML) want to demonstrate the value of the year abroad to UK graduates and to potential funding bodies. They have gathered short reports from graduates on the importance that the year abroad has had for them, in terms of their skill set, their careers and their lives. Here are some quotes selected from 600 reports.

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Quotes about 'Valuing the year abroad'

  1. 1. “I work in the European headquarters ofa media agency where I use not only mylanguage skills, but my knowledge ofother cultures. This means that I am ableto form good relationships based onunderstanding, curiosity and interest.” Alexandra, Combined honours in F rench with His tory of Art, Newcas tle Univers ity, 2009. Year abroad working in Paris , now working in a Media Ag ency.
  2. 2. “My current employer highlighted myyear abroad as a selling point. In myexperience, if you want to work for acompany that has offices around theworld, they need to see that you are ableto think internationally and even bewilling to travel and work internationally.” Lucy, European S tudies with F rench, Reading Univers ity, 2010. Year abroad s tudying in S tras bourg , now works for a multinational corporation.
  3. 3. “Inevitably you grow in confidence,not only in your chosen language,but as an individual because it is anachievement to set up a new life,and thrive in another country,without your usual support networkaround you.” J ay, F rench, and Eng lis h, Univers ity of Leeds , 2006. Lang uag e As s is tant in Paris , now a banking law s olicitor in a larg e commercial law firm in Leeds .
  4. 4. “The most transferable skill to comeout of my year abroad was theconfidence to speak in front of largegroups of people, which reallyimproved my ability to hold my ownin job interviews and presentations.” J onathan, German with Bus ines s , Hull Univers ity, 2009. Lang uag e As s is tant in Germany, now working for Virg in Media Bus ines s .
  5. 5. “The confidence, communicationand mediation skills I acquired haveproved invaluable. The year abroadtruly gave me significanttransferable skills in the workplace,including the ability to get on withpeople from all walks of life.”Ian, Geog raphy and Applied French, Univers ity of the Wes t of Eng land, Bris tol Univers ity, 2003. Lang uag e As s is tant in Paris , now a planning cons ultant for a major Global property company.
  6. 6. “I work for the ambulance service byday, and by night I am a SpecialConstable for Greater ManchesterPolice. Both of these jobs revolvearound interaction with differentpeople and cultures, and I believe myyear abroad helped me enormously insecuring these positions.”Elis e, German, Univers ity of Leeds , 2009. S tudied in Germany, now works for the ambulance s ervice and Greater Manches ter Police.
  7. 7. “When I spoke to managers aboutfuture job prospects, they said thatit was the year abroad that hadinstantly made my CV stand outfrom other applications - without it, Iwould have been just anotherhumanities student.” F lorence, F rench (Ling uis tic and Lang uag e S tudies ), Univers ity ofS outhampton, 2012. Eras mus in France, now a publis hing hous e intern.
  8. 8. “Upon graduation I joined the RoyalAir Force so the languages didntreally play much of a part in myfuture but selection boards areimpressed by the independence andcultural awareness acquiredthrough my year abroad.” Robert, German and S panis h, Notting ham Trent Univers ity, 2010. S tudied in Germany and S pain, now works for an airline bas ed in Hong Kong .
  9. 9. “I would not have been able tobuild the relationships necessaryfor successful EU negotiationwithout the real spoken French Ilearned through total immersion.” Miranda, Eng lis h & F rench, Oxford Univers ity, 2008. Lang uag e As s is tant in Paris , now a civil s ervant in Wes tmins ter.
  10. 10. “Without doubt, my year abroadincreased my employability,demonstrating a variety ofcompetencies such asadaptability, motivation andrelationship-building amongstmany others.”Komal, Manag ement S tudies with S panis h, Univers ity of Notting ham,2010. Interns hip in S antiag o, Chile, with Pricewaterhous eCoopers on year abroad, training contract with Pricewaterhous eCoopers UK s tarting in April .
  11. 11. “During my time at the BBC I haveworked in a number of differentroles, from producing radio and TVcontent to presenting my own radioshows, and I am in no doubt that theconfidence gleaned on my yearabroad as a language assistanthelped me in the workplace.” J ennifer, F rench and German, Durham, 2004. Lang uag e As s is tant in Paris , now biling ual producer at the BBC World S ervice.
  12. 12. “The reality is that nearly everyonewho applied for the same positionsas me had a good degree andrelevant work experience, so havingsomething a little bit different on myCV was enough to catch the panels’attention when they were selectinginterview candidates.” Eleanor, Law with French and S panis h, Univers ity of the Wes t of Eng land, Bris tol, 2004. Law intern in Madrid, now a Barris ter.
  13. 13. “There is no doubt in my mind thatI wouldn’t have had the focus,drive or resilience to secure a jobafter graduation in a verycompetitive and volatile job marketwithout my year abroad.” S ophie, Eng lis h and F rench, Leeds Univers ity, 2007. Lang uag e As s is tant in F rance, now a journalis t and s ub-editor at the S unday Times .
  14. 14. “I am now a full time ParliamentaryAssistant in the EuropeanParliament, a job I am sure I wouldnot have secured without myextremely beneficial workexperience on my year abroad.”J es s ica, Modern and Medieval Lang uag es , Cambridg e Univers ity, 2011. Interns hip in Brus s els , now a Parliamentary As s is tant in the European Parliament.
  15. 15. “Flights: £500. Accommodation:£2,000. Tuition fees: £1,500. Valueof the third year abroad: Priceless.” Aimee, BA Hons Modern Lang uag es , Notting ham Trent Univers ity, 2003.S tudied in F rance and S pain, now a Planner for a Cons truction Company.
  16. 16. “I believe the confidence and independence gained during my year abroad helped me through the application and interview stages for the police force and also with the challenges of the job once I started it.”Karen, Geog raphy and French, Univers ity of Wales , Aberys twyth, 2005. Lang uag e As s is tant in F rance, and now a Police officer.
  17. 17. “The experience abroad, above all else, gave me the confidence that I could achieve whatever I put my mind to. Im now 3 months away from being a fully qualified interpreter in the forces.”Luke, Modern Lang uag es with Accounting , Newcas tle upon Tyne, 2006. Lang uag e As s is tant in Madrid, joined RAF , now an interpreter in the forces .
  18. 18. “I hope to continue my futurecareer building on my experiencesfrom the year abroad to helpdeliver quality education for thoseless fortunate than myself.” S elina, German and Beg inners Portug ues e, Univers ity of Notting ham, 2009. S tudied in Brazil and Germany, now delivers educational res ources to impoveris hed children in As ia.
  19. 19. “Nothing that I can write can trulyjustify the immense emotionaltransformation I have undergone.” Kate-Marie, French S tudies , The Univers ity of Manches ter, 2011. Worked in F rance on her year abroad.
  20. 20. “It is simply inconceivable that Ishould have reached this stage in therecruitment procedure without theskills and experience gained from myyear abroad over ten years ago.” Mary, Interpreting and Trans lating with F rench and German Lang uag e (Dutch ab initio), Univers ity of Eas t Ang lia, 2001. S tudied in S witzerland and Germany, now a Lawyer-Ling uis t in Luxembourg .

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