Whether you want to drive trucks or planes, having a foreign language will prove important in your career. Both pilots and freight truck drivers, delivering people or goods across the world, will come in contact with foreign languages as they work with, deliver to and travel through foreign countries. Knowing another language will help make this type of work easier and make you a more attractive employee for businesses that deal internationally.
As a small country, we often import vehicles from countries such as the UK, Germany, France and Japan, as well as hiring multinational transport companies to create our own transport infrastructure. You may even end up working in a multinational company here in Ireland that could require foreign language skills.
One of the largest transport companies in Ireland is a French company. Transdev, which operates the Luas provides transport services to 100,000 people in Dublin every day. Luas trams are manufactured in La Rochelle, France. Watch Transdev employee Ciarán MacSamhráin below explaining how having French benefits him when is asked to go to Transdev in La Rochelle and when he oversees the delivery of new Luas trams to Dublin from France.
Effective logistics management is essential to the way we trade goods across the world today. An essential component to the smooth running of a logistics operation is clear communication and on an international scale, this means the more foreign languages you can speak, the better equipped you will be to work in logistics.