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17 November 2010
University language experts, students and alumni have linked-up with Routes into Languages Cymru to provide key information about career options for South Wales school pupils considering studying foreign languages.
Experts from the University’s School of European Studies will deliver a series of talks at the one-day conference explaining how studying a foreign language can help boost their future career options.
"The time is approaching and many school pupils are beginning to think about their future careers and the subjects they should take," according to Dr Craig Patterson, School of European studies, who helped organise the event.
"‘Languages: Your passport to success’ is a unique event designed to help provide parents and pupils with valuable information about careers with languages, international opportunities and the benefits of carrying on with languages post Key Stage 3," he added.
One of the key speakers at the event is School of European Studies graduate, Carys Pugh D’Auria.
Carys, who studied French, is now Head of Trade and Investment at Cardiff & Co, the body responsible for promoting Cardiff across the world. She will speak about her experiences with languages and how her skills have helped her in the business world.
Carys is not the only former University language student to have gone on and achieved a successful career. One of the University’s most famous foreign language students is BBC News presenter, Huw Edwards – who also studied French.
Ellie Jones, Project Manager for Routes into Languages Cymru said: "This will be a fantastic chance to discover the diverse careers options for people with language skills and the amazing opportunities that are often available to those who choose languages."
Led by CILT Cymru in partnership with 10 universities across Wales, the specific aim of the Routes into Languages Cymru project is to increase the take up of languages from school to university. It encourages young people to have a positive attitude towards their language learning and promotes languages as an essential skill.
The event takes place on Saturday, 20th November 2010 at the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences between 11:00 and 13:00. Further information or to register for the event, visit: www.routesintolanguages.ac.uk/cymru/events/2072
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