16. Language skills for the future

  1. List three professions that interest you.
  2. Find out what sort of education and training is required for the professions you have listed.
  3. Check websites of higher education institutions to see what sort of language proficiency is required or valued in the admission process.
  4. Find out what language skills you will need in working life. Reflect on language skills beyond individual languages: what types of texts or communicative contexts (such as multilingual working environments or written official language) will you come across in education and in working life? What skills are particularly needed?

The table below includes examples of different professions and training courses. Fill in the table according to your own ideas and plans.

ProfessionEducationLanguage requirements in higher education (language and proficiency level)Language requirements in working life
CommercialBachelor of Business AdministrationNational languages, English (B2) + one other foreign languageDescription of required language skills, such as text types (reports etc.) or communication contexts (customer service etc.)
TourismBachelor’s / Master’s degree in Hospitality Management, Tourism
TranslationLanguage major