How you can use your language skills to make a difference

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So  you have undergone your language training or online linguistic support (OLS) and completed your placement or traineeship. With all the new words and wisdom of a new language the question arise of what to do with it next?

Global Graduates has provided us with some great tips to pass on your language skills and how to make a difference:

1. Pass on your wisdom

Channel your hard-earned advice into blog posts and articles. From your trials and tribulations with a local dialect to the best online resources for language learning, there’s a student out there who will appreciate your advice!

2. Find a conversation partner

Brush up on your vocab and help someone else to learn a language by taking part in a conversation exchange. If you’re not brave enough to meet up with someone in person, you can chat over Skype (ah, modern technology).

3. Volunteer with a charity

Volunteering doesn’t have to end when you arrive back in the UK. Many charities work extensively with refugees and are always looking for linguists. Find a cause that’s close to your heart and spend some time giving back.

4. Answer questions from your fellow students

Remember how nervous you were before you left for your international placement? Help out students who are in the same position and make the most of your newly acquired knowledge by browsing TYAAnswers.com for questions that you can answer.

5. Promote your new language and culture in the UK

Help others to discover the joys of your newly adopted language and culture with the #YearOverHere campaign. Submit and share resources and event listings that celebrate a foreign culture, from films and exhibitions to street parties.

6. Help a company to go global

Just got a new job? Get brownie points with your boss by using your language skills and multicultural know-how to identify business opportunities abroad.

7. Get making memes

Entertain yourself for a few hours by thinking of silly language puns and making them into memes for Memrise.com. It’s not procrastination when it’ll help people in the long run.

Finally…

Stay connected

Make language learning part of your lifelong learning, go virtual and pass on your knowledge through Twitter and Facebook.

How have you used your language skills to help others? Let us know in the comments!

Florence Robson is the Editor of ThirdYearAbroad.com. She spent her year abroad as an English Language Assistant with the British Council in Madrid and relives it every day while reading about other students' adventures abroad!

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