Pre-Primary and Primary educations
While a language is not a requirement for the Pre-Primary and Primary educations, they can be an advantage when you work with young children. According to the 2016 census, 612,018 people speak a foreign language at home and nearly 27% do not speak English well enough to communicate. Being able to speak a foreign language or a heritage language will enable you have a better chance to connect with the children, understand cultural differences and communicate with parents and guardians. It also can benefit the broadening of the curriculum as your understanding of the different countries and your cultural awareness can help with designing activities.
Teaching at second level has always been a popular choice for language graduates and there is currently a great demand for language teachers in the post-primary education sector. Having a language recognised by the Teaching Council will qualify you to teach languages at secondary level.
Even if you do not intend to be a language teacher, having studied a language will offer you an advantage as there are many opportunities for cross-country projects, for example under Erasmus+ projects, possibilities of going on European school visits to name a few.
Third level education
As part of a language undergraduate student, you can go abroad to study for a term to up to a year or become a language assistant in a secondary school abroad. Having studied a language will help you settle quicker in a new community.
As a postgraduate student, you will most likely come to collaborate with other universities for your research and therefore will most likely need to communicate in a foreign language.
There are jobs opportunities in third level institutions such as universities and institutes of technology.