It’s important to recognise that languages are
no substitute for specific qualifications or training. A bilingual
sales manager, for example, is a sales manager first and foremost,
with the added advantage of foreign language skills. And an
Accountant for an internation company will have to have all the
necessary financial qualifications before starting to use their
languages to advance their career.
Of course, the same applies to the specialist
language occupations, too. The ability to translate from French to
English is not, in itself, enough; translators may need to
specialise in an area such as medical or legal documentation and
will need specific expertise to complement their linguistic
We’ve some good examples of how you can set
about acquiring this experience and expertise in other fields on
our Work Talk factsheet, which you can
download for free.