Welcome to the Modern Languages Department
The benefits of a second or third language
A second or third language will give you many unique skills and experiences that will be an added advantage in the job market and draw the attention of prospective employers. Consider taking advantage of demographic trends where much work now takes place in a global market. Many businesses require people to travel, we communicate through technology, and foreign markets mean many employers now have associates and clients from everywhere in the world.
Consider the following examples:
What can you do with a second or third language?
Any employment opportunity will be enhanced by your knowledge of a language other than English. Below are some fields in which a second or third language will be particularly useful:
Health services: Doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, speech therapists and other professionals are in greater demand if they know more than one language.
Humanitarian organizations: Finding work with not-for-profit groups such as the Canadian Red Cross or multicultural organizations becomes much easier.
Communications: An ability to communicate with others effectively can mean a career in translation, linguistics, interpretation, broadcasting and writing.
Education: Consider teaching a second language or ESL in Canada or abroad. Even people in trades benefit when they need to convey knowledge to learners in other countries.
Government, business and technology: Technicians such as web designers and software developers work with business applications in several languages. Government-related positions in embassies, trade offices and foreign departments provide advice on Canadian policy matters.