German Students Visit QE for Inspirational TalkPosted on: 25/01/2018
Why study German? Inspirational Talk
“Intercultural awareness and language skills are among the top priorities in developing and executing business in international markets”
On Thursday 25th January 2018, Miss Croft and her German students in Yr10-11 were invited to attend an inspirational talk at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School in Faversham.
The guest speaker was Alex Pickering from the Goethe Institut and he offered advice and guidance on studying German post-GCSE and using German in the world of work. Students came away feeling motivated to continue with their German studies, recognising that you do not have to specialise in languages in order to get ahead in future careers. By combining a language with other areas such as law, computing, engineering, journalism (to name a few!), you really do benefit from so many more opportunities.
Did you know that there are more than 2500 German companies in the UK, employing more than 450,000 people, and yet last year less than 4000 students studied German at A-Level?
“77% of businesses value foreign language skills among their employees. 49% of them rate German as useful for their business, placing it ahead of Spanish and Mandarin”.
Some quotations from students:
“Before the talk, I didn’t know how widespread and useful the German language was, especially in the business world. I will definitely consider German A-Level”.
“I now know how useful German is in the modern workplace and I will almost definitely take German at A-level”.
“I found the talk very informative and engaging and it broadened my horizons”.
“The talk was insightful into how languages can help with careers”.
“It was very informative and helped me learn why I should take German further”.
“It was really interesting to see how useful languages are in the workplace”.
“It allowed me to think about the opportunities languages can present in the workplace”.
“I didn’t realise how useful German is in the modern world”.