Company and Job title:
Easy Languages, UK Representative/Administrative Assistant
Travel and tourism
MA (Hons) degree in Psychology at University
English teaching experience
Activity, events and international festivals
- French (3 years study at a Higher level)
- Arabic (2 years at University)
- Norwegian (1 year at a Norwegian school, 1 year study at
- German (4 years, Standard Grade, 1 year at University)
- Spanish, self-study.
How would you describe your job?
I’m involved in everything from translation from French to English
and updating the website, to finding new programs, to working on
the social media, to investigating UK and US market strategies.
How do your language skills help you do your
I work in a multilingual office – most employees are Francophone
and it’s often easier to explain something in French. I often
receive emails and information on programs in French and have to
translate them. Understanding different languages makes it
easier to do program research and answer customer enquiries.
What do enjoy most about your job?
I love the variety! I also love the international feel and approach
of the office and how you can be handling worldwide enquiries and
language programs. Having studied languages makes me much more
flexible in my approach as part of the team!
What other skills and qualities do you
Ability to work independently; flexible
thinking; multicultural understanding; excellent communication
skills; ability to meet deadlines and work as part of a team; being
What's a typical day for you?
I respond to
English speaking enquiries about language programs around the
world, perhaps work on a translation or description, compile a
leaflet from a few different resources, email partner language
schools with specific questions. Work on marketing plans. Meet with
customers and interview their English level.
What's the best thing about knowing another
Being able to tell what’s going on! I’ve originally been employed
for my work experience and English language skills, but working in
an office with mainly francophone speakers and customers means
that it’s French that’s spoken throughout the
day. Having studied French means that I can follow what is
going on even when the conversation isn’t directed at me!
How do you use your languages
Language is an instant connection. People
love it when you can start speaking with them in their own
language. Outside the office I’ve made several surprise friends by
using my languages. Living in Brussels which is
an international city, means you can often have a
conversation where maybe 3 languages are being used! You’d really
miss a lot of the social scene if you weren’t adept in some of