Name: Alex Edwards Age: 20 Occupation: Trainee at Alcatel France Location: Canterbury, Kent
Alex spent last summer living in Madrid, is currently enjoying the Parisian way of life, and will be spending the spring in Seville – and feels languages are the key to his jet setting lifestyle.
Despite not considering himself a natural linguist, having learned French at school Alex chose to take French and Spanish at university and is now working as a trainee for multinational telecoms firm Alcatel-lucent in Paris. Alex feels his skills have opened him up to some fantastic new experiences and that anyone can learn a language if they have the motivation. For him, the main benefits have been the opportunities to travel and the people he’s met from all over the world.
As he says,
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“I never felt I was a natural linguist at school but I persevered with it – and that determination has really paid off. Learning a language has helped me understand more about British culture and I’ve met some amazing people from other parts of the world as a result. I believe having a language means you’ll always have something extra to offer an employer, and that this will only get more important as business becomes more globalised – for example, my French has landed me an internship at one of Europe’s largest multinational firms!”