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albysky
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03 December 2013 at 7:48pm | IP Logged 
Do you think it is possible to work for companies having as a qualification only a very
good knowledge in 2 \3 languages (no university degree) certified by organizations such
as cambrige esol , goethe institut etc ?
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renaissancemedi
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03 December 2013 at 7:54pm | IP Logged 
Italy is a touristic and cosmopolitan country, and that means that languages are always useful.

You could be a guide, with the proper training, or work for companies that deal with tourists or foreign businesses.

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Stelle
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03 December 2013 at 7:57pm | IP Logged 
Kind of an odd question. It would obviously depend on the company, the kind of work, your work experience…

Working in a store or a restaurant that serves tourists? Sure! Languages would be a big plus! But I somehow get the
impression that you're talking about something other than the service industry. And even in the service industry, a
language on a resume isn't enough to get you hired.

So I'd say that the answer to your question (ie. will languages with no other skills/experience/training get you a job)
is almost certainly no.

edited to add: I'm also certain that you have skills other than languages. You just have to figure out how to
use them to get where you want to be!

Edited by Stelle on 03 December 2013 at 7:59pm

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Cavesa
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04 December 2013 at 1:55am | IP Logged 
I'm afraid not. Unless it is a job that requires little or no qualification per se. For all others, you need to have education in another field and than the languages become a powerful tool. And even though there may be some jobs requiring basically just the languages, you'll compete against people who have both the skills and a university degree in the language(s). It doesn't matter they might have worse skills than you with your internetional certificate, their title and degree just looks good.

P.S. I have already considered this option thoroughly. Unfortunately, I find so little hope in this direction of thoughts that I am staying with medicine :-(
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albysky
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04 December 2013 at 1:56pm | IP Logged 
I am actually finishing my Bsc in management engineering and although it is not my
biggest passion i'll stick with it . I was just making conjectures . anyway i am not
truly convinced that out there there are so many people with incredible titles and the
knowledge at a high level of 2\3 languages , the combination of English ,german and
russian at least C1 for instance is already pretty hard to find in my opinion .
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Cavesa
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05 December 2013 at 7:54pm | IP Logged 
Heh, even good quality English is rarer than it should be. Some teachers at my university and faculty are teaching in English as well. It's a nightmare.

With a degree and such combination, you should have no trouble. I wish you a lot of success!


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