Corinium Language Associates
GUIDE FOR RECENT GRADUATES
Many of our vacancies are suitable for recent graduates, so if you have good foreign language skills, either through study or as your mother tongue, we would be pleased to hear from you.

Finding your first job can be a daunting task, so we have put together the following advice and information to help you.

What do you have to offer?

  • Enthusiasm and willingness to learn - many employers will overlook limited experience if you can demonstrate that you are energetic and keen to learn.
  • Work experience - all work experience and placements are valuable and should be included on your CV, especially if you have experience within specialist or technical fields.
  • An international outlook - if you have studied languages at university, then chances are you have studied or worked abroad, which can help to set you apart from other candidates.
  • Language skills - combinations of good language skills and commercial skills are relatively scarce, so as a language speaker with the ability to work in more than one language, you are at an advantage.
  • Computer skills - almost every job requires a level of computer skills. Make your IT skills clear on your CV, particularly if you are familiar with any specialist software, e.g. SAP, accountancy packages, graphic design programmes.
Using your Languages

As a foreign language-speaker, you have more to offer an employer than many other job-seekers. Ensure that you make your language skills clear on your CV, with details of your level of oral and written fluency in each language, as requirements can vary depending on the role. For example, in a call centre you would need excellent oral fluency, whereas if the role requires extensive email correspondence, the employer would be looking for accurate written language.

It is helpful you to consider how much you want to use your languages, as the frequency of use also varies from job to job. For example, bilingual PA roles tend to require only occasional foreign language use, while in a customer support role you could be using your languages daily.

Range of Vacancies

The vacancies available to recent graduates vary according to your languages, experience and location. Administration, customer support, finance and marketing are just some of the areas where we have placed recent graduates.

Many of the multilingual jobs that you can see on our vacancies page are suitable for recent graduates, and in some cases, roles are specifically aimed at trainee/entry level. For those who can demonstrate commitment and enthusiasm, most of these roles offer excellent career prospects and progression.

Temporary Contracts

Some employers prefer to start new recruits on a "temp to perm" basis, giving both parties a chance to try each other out. If you are prepared to start in this way, it can be an opportunity to get established in a good company, and to gain some excellent experience. All our temporary employees working at our client companies have a full employment contract with Corinium Languages with specified notice, holidays, etc.

Geographic Mobility

As a recent graduate, it may be that you are not tied to a specific area of the country. If you are willing to relocate, you can cast your job search far wider, increasing the chances of finding the job that is right for you.

We recruit for roles throughout the UK, from north of Edinburgh to Plymouth and Southampton. We regularly have vacancies in the South and South-West, Manchester and the North-West, the East and West Midlands and in the London & South East region. We occasionally have jobs overseas.
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