The stock market has been up and down more than a stormy sea in the last decade, and as a graduate, your job prospects might seem a little shaky at present. However, all is not lost. There are ways of navigating the rough waters of the recession if you're willing to invest a bit of time. Besides a degree, there are other ways of building a formidable CV. Consider adding languages as a skill. Being multilingual gives anyone an edge in today's globalised world. Businesses have a presence across continents, and knowing a few globally recognised languages will make you an important conduit during the transactions and, therefore, an integral and indispensable member of the team. Still need convincing?
No recession for translation
Jobs in translation are not particularly affected by financial upheavals. No matter what the stock market predicts, there will be documents that need to be translated – and companies will pay good money for the service.
Be multilingual, see the world
The ability to speak many languages will take you places – literally. This is a skill set that can be applied anywhere in the world and could entail a fair bit of travel. It also means you can choose to make any country your destination. And rest assured, the chances of you finding a job are in your favour.
Choose from a wider range of careers
Translation is just the tip of the career prospects iceberg. International law, public relations, foreign correspondent, the European Union, the United Nations, linguist, anthropologist are just some of the many options available to you.
Prospective employers view you favourably
A listing of multiple languages on your CV would impress your prospective employer. Learning about another culture, about French customs in a French language school for example, would give you the opportunity to reflect critically on your own. Cross-cultural communication, the ability to adjust in new environments, and analytical skills will make you a valuable addition to any company.
Relocation, relocation, relocation
An often-featured career tip is a willingness to relocate or work in a new country. Being multilingual puts you in an advantageous position where you won't have to worry much about cultural differences. French courses in France, for instance, would have made you naturally adaptable to a host of French-speaking countries.
Networking yourself to the top
One of the key ways of getting ahead is through an ability to network. Knowing more than one language instantly makes a lasting impression, and the Spanish CEO you met at the last office party will remember your efforts at speaking Spanish when it comes to hiring his new right-hand man.
Make a career out of something you love
The moment you love your work, it stops being work. If languages are your forte, turn that into a career. Doing what you love strengthens your confidence, reduces stress and helps give your life better order. In today's fast-paced world, that's a win-win situation.