This is for students and staff who don’t speak foreign languages.

English Only ZoneI went to the Languages and Employability conference at Regents University on Friday – on your behalf – to hear all about the importance of graduates having ‘global skills’. I say ‘on your behalf’ because I know about this topic already. Read the rest of this entry »


TYA is 5 today!

The TYA TeamTYA is 5 today! It seems pretty surreal that an idea I had on my year abroad has kept me fixated for all this time and is now a five-year old website with an office and staff and Christmas parties and a cupcake problem, but there you have it: FIVE!

Instead of reminiscing, though, I’d like to tell you a bit more about what we’re working on and what we’re most excited about, because that’s The Best Bit which keeps us happy and rather suspiciously hyperactive. Read the rest of this entry »

We need to promote UK language graduates to employers!

Don't grow up!The number of students studying languages in the UK is at a record low, but thankfully, while the outlook is not bright, there has always been a light at the end of the tunnel. Whether or not you believe the excuses bandied about, ranging from English being the global language and exams being too difficult, to advancements in technology rendering bilingualism more a novelty than a required skill, the business case for language learning is undeniable. Read the rest of this entry »

Graduates are finding jobs abroad? Good for them!

Today my first ever national press article has been published in the Telegraph! This is a very exciting day.

I was asked to write an opinion piece as a response to the news that since the recession began there has been a 27 per cent increase in the number of British graduates who find their first job abroad. It struck me that the figure of 1,000 more graduates working abroad after they graduate is the same as the annual increase in the number of students studying abroad during their degree course.

Check out my article and let me know what you think!

Languages and entrepreneurship: A guide for students

Having started a business based on my year abroad experiences, I was recently asked to write a report for the Higher Education Academy entitled ‘Languages and Entrepreneurship: A Guide for Students’. The aim is to inspire students who have had some international experience to start businesses, as they are in a unique position to spot gaps in the market! Here is a bit of background about the report, and also some resources from the launch event at the Royal Society on Wednesday 21st November. Read the rest of this entry »

Choosing your career based on your dream lifestyle

When I was at school, my career options were simply the jobs I’d heard of (Lawyer, Insurance Broker, Teacher, Forensic Scientist) or anything that our Careers Adviser thought was particularly relevant to me, based on my A Level choices. Her advice worked along the lines of: Read the rest of this entry »

Success! Willetts pledges partial grant to support the year abroad

A range of ways to help students gain vital international experience from overseas study and work placements was set out today in a report commissioned by Universities and Science Minister David Willetts. He has responded by confirming the funding arrangements for students going abroad from 2014/15 (i.e. 2012 and subsequent entry) which means they will receive new money from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and a lower cap (40%) on the fees universities can charge students.

There has been a lot of focus recently on the importance of the year abroad and the value of having ‘global graduates’ in British businesses. We helped to fuel the flames by collecting over 600 reports written by graduates about how the year abroad has affected their lives and careers for the British Academy and UCML’s ‘Valuing the Year Abroad’ position statement, which was released at the end of March. Read the rest of this entry »