45. Language skills in working life

Read the abstract of the final report of a study conducted at the Turku School of Economics, pp. 4–5: https://www.utu.fi/sites/default/files/media/KieVi/Raportti%20Kielitaitotarpeet.pdf.

The report looks into the language needs that someone with an MBA (Master of Business Administration) degree might need in working life.

  1. Start by making a list of possible jobs where you could imagine working after general upper secondary school.
  2. Think about the language skills required for the jobs you have mentioned. You can use the report to support your reflections.
  3. Next, consider how language skills could be developed while working in the professions you have listed. Do the jobs require skills in, for example, creative use of language, use of precise official language, professional terminology, or scientific vocabulary? What cultural skills are required? Are particular languages more appreciated than others?
  4. In what ways might your language skills improve alongside your chosen profession towards a more specific, specialist language?

This task functions well as an introductory task when compiling a Language CV.