Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Graduate recruits weak in foreign language skills (Ireland)

“A survey of employers has found high satisfaction levels with the quality of Irish graduate recruits.

However, it identified weakness in some areas including foreign language proficiency.

25% of employers indicated a future skills shortage in languages and also engineering.

25% also said they had a specific requirement for language skills, which rises to 33% among foreign employers.

That is one of several reasons why foreign-owned businesses are more likely than Irish-owned companies to employ a graduate from outside Ireland.”

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