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What is a good career choice for a person with a natural ability for learning foreign languages?

In addition to excelling in English throughout high school, I also have a passion for Spanish and American Sign Language. I would love to get input from others regarding a career choice that would allow me to use this strength. foreign-languages language communication spanish american-sign-language

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Michael’s Answer

The ability to learn foreign languages is a great skill to have that can compliment any career. Depending on your proficiency in the language, this can lead to being a more well rounded candidate for various career choices especially those that may be in a different country.

Besides careers in translation and interpreting, many jobs in hospitality or retail also value those who have foreign language skills to be able to connect with a broader customer base.

Another idea is it may be useful for you to look into careers that interest you and then as a secondary filter to think how it would use your strength in learning languages.
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Alberto’s Answer

Definitively this is a big skill you have because you can work whatever you want! I mean, you can choose any career and complement it learning foreign languages. This will allow you to work in any country you want.

If you are pretending to study only languages, you can be a translator for executives during conferences, translate movies, books, etc. But I highly recommend to make it as a complement of your main career.

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Rachel’s Answer

There are very few careers that would not be enhanced by your knowledge of a foreign language. Business, law, and medicine all make use of the Spanish language frequently. If you know this language, you will have an advantage and job opportunities that others in your field may not.
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Jenna’s Answer

A foreign language is always helpful in a career. I understand there is a great need for ASL interpreters, especially in the medical fields, among others, right now. Besides the usual interpretation/translation/education options, which are always good ones for someone multi-lingual, a job that doesn't specifically require a foreign language might find the quality attractive in a candidate. Continue to boost your fluency in all languages and explore what interests you, and your career will follow. You can always speak to (or sign with) someone who has a career you find interesting, and see how they got there. Good luck!

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Dawn’s Answer

Here are a few career options that you can investigate:

Simultaneous Interpreter
Literary Translator
Localization Translator
Medical Translator
Judiciary Translator
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