July 22, 2008
I have found that despite speaking several European languages, I have recently not being able to find work that uses my languages. I have also noticed that most employers are not willing to pay for languages as a key work skill.
Check out the job adverts: despite people having spent years gaining language skills, it’s the business-related skills that are rewarded. If you don’t have the requisite sector skills – skills which you could learn on the job – then you don’t get an interview. Until employers value languages as a key transferable skill, the EU will continue “losing business”.Author : Letters to the EurActiv editor