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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.

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 of a media agency where I use not only my language skills, but my knowledge of other cultures. This means that I am able to form good relationships based on understanding, 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 my year abroad as a selling point. In my experience, if you want to work for a company that has offices around the world, they need to see that you are able to think internationally and even be willing 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 an achievement to set up a new life, and thrive in another country, without your usual support network around 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 come out of my year abroad was the confidence to speak in front of large groups of people, which really improved my ability to hold my own in 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, communication and mediation skills I acquired have proved invaluable. The year abroad truly gave me significant transferable skills in the workplace, including the ability to get on with people 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 by day, and by night I am a Special Constable for Greater Manchester Police. Both of these jobs revolve around interaction with different people and cultures, and I believe my year abroad helped me enormously in securing 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 about future job prospects, they said that it was the year abroad that had instantly made my CV stand out from other applications - without it, I would have been just another humanities student.” F lorence, F rench (Ling uis tic and Lang uag e S tudies ), Univers ity of S outhampton, 2012. Eras mus in France, now a publis hing hous e intern.
  8. 8. “Upon graduation I joined the Royal Air Force so the languages didn't really play much of a part in my future but selection boards are impressed by the independence and cultural awareness acquired through 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 to build the relationships necessary for successful EU negotiation without the real spoken French I learned 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 abroad increased my employability, demonstrating a variety of competencies such as adaptability, motivation and relationship-building amongst many 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 have worked in a number of different roles, from producing radio and TV content to presenting my own radio shows, and I am in no doubt that the confidence gleaned on my year abroad as a language assistant helped 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 everyone who applied for the same positions as me had a good degree and relevant work experience, so having something a little bit different on my CV was enough to catch the panels’ attention when they were selecting interview 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 that I wouldn’t have had the focus, drive or resilience to secure a job after graduation in a very competitive and volatile job market without 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 Parliamentary Assistant in the European Parliament, a job I am sure I would not have secured without my extremely beneficial work experience 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. Value of 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. I'm 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 future career building on my experiences from the year abroad to help deliver quality education for those less 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 truly justify the immense emotional transformation 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 I should have reached this stage in the recruitment procedure without the skills and experience gained from my year 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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