Languages Connect is an integral part of the Strategy for Foreign Languages which sets out a roadmap to put Ireland in the top ten countries in Europe for the teaching and learning of foreign languages.
Specialising in foreign languages can lead to a career traveling the globe as an interpreter, diplomat or foreign correspondent, giving you a front-row seat to watch history unfold.
Amost any career from finance, to law to engineering can be transformed by studying a foreign language.
If you are still in school, choose at least one language subject to keep your options for the future open and so you can include it on your CV.
The languages sector is about communicating. Language skills enable us to exchange ideas, buy and sell, discover and function, learn and teach, work together and make connections.
Katie Walsh works as a spa manager on cruise ships. Katie lived in France for a year at the age of sixteen where she became fluent in the language which has now given her the opportunity to travel in her career.
What were the main 'career decision' milestones in your life so far?
Living in France for a year when I was 16 and being immersed in French was what led me to where I am today. I studied in UCD 1 year of international languages, studied beauty and body therapy in Blackrock Further Education institute and this is where my passion for beauty began. After college I got a travel bug and what better way to travel than to work doing something I love. I departed across to the other side of the world on an unknown journey (to South Korea).
Who are the people who most influenced your career direction?
How did you go about getting your current job?
While in college, a recruiter came into my college to discuss working at sea and within the first 5 minutes of the presentation I was sold and haven't looked back since. I had an interview a few weeks later and a practical assessment and a public speaking exercise. I then received an email telling me I would be contacted soon if I was successful. Low and behold, the phone rang and it was that day my life completely changed. I went and did 6 weeks intense training in London in all aspects of beauty for the company and learned their way of doing treatments etc.
Describe a typical day?
Work starts at 7:30am starting with a morning meeting with all my team, telling them the targets for the day and how many bookings we have in etc and what everyones duties for the day are. Client 1 comes to the spa at 8am and treatments begin. I spend my day checking in guests, ensuring they have a 5 star service , dealing with all accounts and daily reports etc.
1 hour for lunch time and 1 hour for dinner time. The spa closes at 7pm and I can let my hair down, enjoy time in the crew pool or crew areas or even go watch a show in the theatre, On my days off, I have the opportunity to get off the ship and explore whatever place we are in.
What are the main tasks and responsibilities?
What are the main challenges?
What's not so cool?
What particular skills do you bring to your workplace?
What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?
What is your education to date?
I went to Yeats college in Galway for an intense 2 year programme and then went onto study in UCD however this course was not for me and I soon realised my passion was in travel & beauty so I went to BFEI to study beauty for a year and obtained my ITEC qualification. I also completed a TEFL course so I can teach and travel should I want to in the future. While I am home in Ireland for a few months on a little break from the sea I have decided to go to DBS and study marketing and advertising. My one piece of advice would be you can never have too many qualifications.
What have been the most rewarding events in your career so far?
What personal qualities do you have that helps you in your career?
What is your dream job?
Does your job allow you to have a lifestyle you are happy with?
What advice would you give to someone considering this job?
What are the three most important personal characteristics required for the job?
What kinds of work experience would provide a good background for this position?