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Archive for October, 2009

I’d like to think that things are looking up but just when you think there is some light at the end of the tunnel, a piece of news hits you between the eyes and tells you the opposite.  This week it was from Recruiter Magazine telling us that things were tough for recruitment consultancies. The article cited research from the REC which revealed that 42% of consultancies have made redundancies and that 39% had recruitment freezes. And even more telling – that 38% of recruiters feel insecure in their jobs.

The really good news is that in some ways that article excited me – because we are in the top 19% who are definitely not in any of those categories –  and we are hiring! So if you are insecure, redundant or just want to find out more about a career with an international recruitment consultancy then why not check out our career pages on our website?

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Twitter has become huge over the last year, with celebrities, businesses and lots of other people using it as a way to share what they’re doing and what is happening in the world. (Follow Euro London here!) It has become so popular that it has even influenced the law and advertising in one of the UK’s biggest newspapers – and that’s just this month!

The latest news in the world of Twitter is the story of Twitter gags – not social media jokes – but gagging clauses. Hollywood execs have realised the power of Twitter and Facebook, and introduced clauses to the contracts of its people to ban them from leaking film secrets through their tweets.

According to the Press Association, the contracts for the next instalment of Shrek “caution writers not to jump the gun on studio press releases via ‘a social networking site, blog or other internet-type site’” and a recent contract from Disney had a similar clause, forbidding breaches of confidentiality through the use of “interactive media such as Facebook, Twitter, or any other interactive social network or personal blog”.

This got me thinking – could Twitter clauses spread to the business world? There have been plenty of stories about disgruntled employees making damaging remarks about their employers over the internet but I’m sure they’d think twice if they knew they could be held liable. As far as the recruitment industry is concerned, consultants could be giving away company secrets and contacts to competitors by sharing too much information with their networks or make comments that reflect badly on their company. Is it time we put stricter controls on this? Or is it taking things too far?

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Why are more British companies not prioritising language learning for their staff? Read my thoughts on the importance of language skills in the workplace here on Changeboard.

As always, please share your thoughts!

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Could businesses take a leaf out of this school’s book? Newbury Park primary school in North East London teaches pupils who speak between 30 and 40 languages, but instead of seeing this as a hindrance, the school has embraced it. Pupils learn a different “language of the month” which is spoken by a child at the school every month, with video clips of the pupils teaching their classmates words from their native language.

Already having covered about 50 languages, from French to Swahili, the scheme has been really popular, with pupils keen to promote their own languages. The teacher who came up with the scheme said, “It started simply as a common courtesy, but as we went on we found that children who have their language valued are more open then to learning English than if we just let them hide their language away.”

Could we learn something from this scheme? If nothing else, it would be a great programme for other schools to replicate – learning small snippets of another language from such a young age can really help with language learning, and boost children’s interest in it.

But what about businesses? If you find yourself dealing with an international client, why not make an effort to learn some of the language? Whether this is in the form of a language course, or just spending a few minutes figuring out how to say hello, it could make a big difference. Teacher Joe Debono adds “If you want to get to know a person you want to get to know a little about their language. It’s only polite…A child’s language is a big part of their identity. It comes after their name and family.” This doesn’t just apply to children – this bit of knowledge may just make a big difference to business success.

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BodyIm_247567tDo you think languages are given enough reward in the workplace? It seems that the majority of linguists don’t. 65% of multi lingual job seekers surveyed by the Language Careers Fair said that they didn’t think that this ability was given enough reward and recognition in the business world. Another 80% were considering going abroad to use their language skills. Languages are a vital skill that any team needs today. Yes, times are hard, but hopefully as conditions improve, companies will give this issue some serious consideration.

The Language Career Fair, sponored by multilingualvacancies.com, will take place within the Language Show – the UK’s biggest event for everyone who loves or works within languages. The Language Show will run from 30th October to 1st November at London’s Olympia.

Are you job hunting? Euro London will be hosting a stand at the Language Careers Fair, so if you’re interested in what opportunities are out there, come and talk to us. But register first so you can get entry absolutely free. As well as the Careers Fair, the Language Show will be hosting demonstrations, performances, seminars and language taster sessions.

Hope to see you there!

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