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Class of 2012: Would you move elsewhere in EU?
Wednesday - 12/5/2012, 4:19am EST
(AP) - A language trap is blocking young people from seeking opportunity across the European Union. The Associated Press asks the Class of 2012: Would you move to another non-English speaking EU country in search of work?
I would definitely choose to work in a non-English speaking EU country, such as Spain, Italy, Holland or France. It is something that I always had in mind. However, I would do it under two conditions: I would make sure that I am 100 percent certain that I truly like this job and I would like to have the time to learn the language of the specific country.
I don't think I'll seek a job in a non-speaking country. I have some knowledge of Spanish and Italian, but the economic situation there is worse than in France, so what's the point leaving if your future is not secure? I could think about seeking job in Germany, because it seems that the employment market is alright over there. But unfortunately, I do not speak German at all.
Before going to live one year in Germany on a study program, I spent two summers in Berlin and in Cologne, so I can speak German to communicate with no problem. But I see Brazil as a country that's going to grow so much in these years, and I feel close to them because we are Latin people, and our language is similar. So I decided to start learning Portuguese. From my point of view, languages open up the possibilities to find a job, at home or abroad.
Being a French speaker, I'd love to work in France! It would still be a challenge but the experience would provide great satisfaction. I'd also consider Germany, Italy and Belgium for they have areas with worldwide reputations for high fashion innovation and status.
Studying engineering in Germany, I always I would easily land a job in my home country upon graduation, so I never really considered whether I should be looking into learning other languages. It was never really an issue for me. I have no problem going abroad because I'm fluent in English and languages come very easily to me, so I never really thought about it consciously.
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