Are you a recent graduate with no Grad scheme lined up? Have you taken a career break after starting a family or travelling and looking to get back into work? Are you a freelancer with some spare time and want to earn some extra money? If you are currently in one of these situations, carry on reading!
The rest of Europe may jump to the conclusion that it’s la belle vie when it comes to the French working week, with the stereotypes of the 35 hour week and 2 hour lunches. However not all is as it seems, the 35 hour working week is often but words on a contract ignored not by employers but by employees.
The Japanese are big believers in palm reading. In Japan your hands are used for many cultural activities such as sumo, rice planting, anime, and bonsai. You will also come across a lot of niche books or TV programmes about palm reading. Some people in Japan have even had palm plastic surgery to try and change their future by adjusting the lines on their palm.
And now you’ll find that in Japan people have started looking at their hands to choose their career paths!
To some this may seem like a normal Monday… however millions of people out there will have noticed that Lionel Messi has been spotted in Norwich’s ASDA, that the sound of helicopters has invaded our skies and that Harry Redknapp is having a chat with Sky Sports News reporters from the window of his trusted Jeep. That’s right, it’s Transfer Deadline Day!
Starting 2015 the same way as 2014, single, I decided my New Years resolution would be to date more. Despite living in London, this is actually easier said than done. So I turned to online dating sites, and I couldn’t help but see the similarities between online dating and looking for a new job.
Sometimes, the same rules can apply…
This blog was originally posted on http://www.adoptanintern.org.uk/
Servus! My name is Emily Cook and I am a lucky participant of the Adopt an Intern German Exchange 2014. Quite simply, Adopt an Intern helped me to find my dream internship; I am spending the summer in the heart of Munich, working for a prestigious multi-lingual recruitment agency called Euro London Appointments.
As an undergraduate student approaching her final year, I am keenly aware that internships are invaluable in the ever competitive employment market and equipping oneself with experience that show employers that you are committed to learning about a particular business environment. As I study German, I was particularly interested in finding work experience that would utilise my language skills so I was delighted to be offered an internship with a recruitment agency in Munich and from my first day at Euro London Appointments, I gained invaluable experience in the recruitment arena, with German business etiquette and I have used my linguistic skills in a day-to-day business setting.
Furthermore, I feel that I am a valued member of my team; I have been praised and awarded company rewards in recognition for my work and I have always felt welcomed and part of the team from the beginning. I thoroughly appreciate that I am reaping the benefits of extensive training and a friendly, dynamic work environment that all of my colleagues have provided for me as an intern.
The British-based company has offices situated all over Europe, focusing on sourcing high calibre linguists for a vast array of business. My daily activities involve candidate interviews, lead sourcing, data input and supporting a senior consultant. As for after work activities, I have already met interns and students my own age through Erasmus events, I have found a running club and a German tandem partner , and I have wonderful housemates and work colleagues, and on top of that, Munich has treated me to heat waves of around 35 degrees, many city and student festivals and a constant barrage of Bavarian friendliness.
There is a German saying which goes-‘Das Leben ist kein Ponyhof’, roughly translated as ‘Life is not a bed of roses’-which is resoundingly the opposite definition of life in the Bavarian capital.
We are squealing like little Piggies here at Euro London Appointments this week as we are delighted to announce that our fabulous temp team senior consultant, Caryn Grosvenor, has become a finalist at this year’s Global Recruiter magazine Industry Awards!
Caryn was shortlisted out of many for the ‘Best Temporary Consultant’ category and we certainly are not surprised. A dedicated, hard working and bright, young multilingual professional who has worked endlessly to meet both clients and candidates needs during her time at Euro London. She is certainly an asset to our growing team, and we’re extremely proud of her. As a finalist Caryn has the opportunity, plus 4 invitations, to attend an award ceremony on June 26 at Café de Paris in London at 3pm.
So let’s give Caryn a huge congratulations and root for her to win the title, we know she deserves it! Either way we’re proud of her.
If you’ve studies a Modern Language you know it’s because of a variety of reasons; for the love of literature, or even an obsession with a beautiful country, or sometimes simply because you just want to take a year abroad during your university years (although we suggest to not simply study a language purely for that reason). We’re sure you’ve heard it time and time again the endless list of benefits that learning a second language can provide you with and it’s not an easy task! This is why it tends to ruffle our feathers when non language learners dismiss our efforts when it comes to the studying of a language.
We’ve come across 11 things that linguists out there know to be true:
1.People do not seem aware that you study both languages and literature.
2.Erasmus will not make you fluent in the language you are studying.
3.WordReference and JSTOR are your best friends.
4.People underestimate the usefulness of the language you are studying.
5.Hypothetical Clauses are a nightmare.
6.You will try to impress your significant other with your language skills during trips abroad.
7.Your will use WordReference and Google Translate for your homework and wonder how you will survive without it during exams.
8.Finding anything new to say about books that have been studied for 500 years is impossible.
9.People will tell you your degree is easy.
10.People will assume you want to teach or become a translator.
11.You will read most of the books in English first.
Language is not simply just a means to an end; it is more than simply just ordering your lunch whether it be on your lunch break from work or on holiday. Language is identity and culture, is has true depth. But with a vast majority of the world tapping into the digitalisation era, languages seem to have been forgotten along the way in many aspects.
Technological infrastructure now dominates our working and private lives and therefore has given a high percentage of the population across the idea that technology can replace interpersonal communication in various languages. Why? Because language technology advances mean it will be possible for people to communicate with each other and do business with each other, even if they don’t speak the same language.
This can lead language learning into dangerous territories causing languages and more specifically minority languages under threat especially as English has been reinforced once again as the lingua franca. A number of these language technologies rely on imprecise statistical approaches that do not make use of deeper linguistic methods, rules and knowledge. Sentences are automatically translated by comparing a new sentence against thousands of sentences previously translated by humans.  Thus leaving minority languages in a danger zone as they have traditionally relied on informal use to survive.
However, nothing can replace the beauty of communication between two people for whatever reason (business related or personal), once a language is perfected by a human. Although inventions over the years are wise, such as Google translate, they can never replace the elegance of real life communication. So don’t allow technology to get to your head, realise you potential and learn a language to help you, your future and your career!