If you get through to the EU concours assessment centre, what sort of things should you be working on/preparing beforehand?

Hi,Thanks for your email. Great to hear you are thinking about ways to prepare for the various assessment stages of the concours.Once you have applied online and verified your email, you will be invited to sit the first stage of assessment, the computer based testing. My advice would be to...

Apr 9th 2015, 15:35 | 1 answer

What job have you done to help you learn a language?

I did a work placement in the South of France - 2 years ago - I found a site called boostyourfrench.com where the owner finds you the placement. I would like to do something like that again.

Jan 27th 2015, 11:49 | 1 answer

How do I deal with misgendering?

Hi I’m afraid that there is no easy way to deal with this, but there are ways that you can prepare yourself.  As with any difficult conversation that you need to have it can help to have practiced what you want to say beforehand, and have a standard prepared response....

Jan 20th 2015, 11:30 | 1 answer

Do you get your languages mixed up?

I study spanish and french at uni and since spending a lot of time in Spain during my summers, my brain predominantly thinks in Spanish. I think this is just because it is my stronger language I can think of how to express myself in Spanish quicker than French words can come to the surface. I'm...

Nov 18th 2014, 16:41 | 6 answers

If I want to work in the foreign office, is one language enough?

Hi there,I don't think it's about how many languages you know; they look at your complete range of "competencies". I understand that having a foreign language is not a requirement for some FCO roles, but you will be able to apply for a greater variety of roles if you have one or two foreign...

Nov 17th 2014, 14:52 | 2 answers

How many languages is too many?

Hi there anonymous person! Firstly, well done for wanting to take languages at university. I did it and am a happy person for it.From both personal and professional experience I would recommend studying two languages at university to begin with. It takes a great deal of effort to master one or...

Nov 17th 2014, 14:38 | 4 answers

How can I stop freezing whenever I speak French?

Myabe you should combine your weakness and your strength: perhaps plan to perform a French play with friends? Moliere has written many great comedies that are quite silly and fun to act out. I did my A Level oral exposé on his play Tartuffe!Otherwise, try to figure out what is causing this -...

Oct 25th 2014, 8:38 | 4 answers

How do you find language-themed activities in the UK?

My university has a group called the 'Language Cafe' where ERASMUS students doing their year abroad in the UK, language students and anyone else come along to practice their languages. You could try searching on Facebook for groups. Meetup is also worth a try.

Sep 11th 2014, 15:41 | 3 answers

Are there any good careers websites/jobs boards that people can recommend?

I would recommend that in addition to searching for job listing websites, that you also take the time to develop your own connections and networks (both digitally and physically). Make sure that you have an up-to-date LinkedIn profile! Make sure that you have a EuroPass CV and look up CV format...

Sep 8th 2014, 14:01 | 1 answer

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