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What jobs can you have as a linguist

Lacking a sense of direction

DerGegner
post 1.Apr.2010, 02:10 PM
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I'm going to graduate in about a year with a BA in linguistics from an American university and plan to start living in Sweden pretty much immediately afterwards. Now, as you might have guessed, I'm decent with languages and am pretty thoroughly literate in Swedish but the issue is that there isn't any clear-cut path to a career for me now. The most obvious thing I can think of is teaching English but I'd have to be TEFL certified, right? Are there sites where one can become TEFL-certified in Sweden or? What about document translation? "Facköversättning" might be nice

Or is there some dissatisfying but not quite humiliating jerb I could take up while going thru grad school? I think I could do anything but food service (again) or hard manual labor

Your help is appreciated because I pretty much need to hit the bricks running ... I know people in Sweden who can help me but I am in quite a hurry to get my poop together. Thanks again
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nic_tester
post 1.Apr.2010, 02:35 PM
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Why not write to the linguistic institution at stockholm university for example? They might have some advice?
Also, computer linguistics is very valuable but a bit specific so might be hard to connect competence with need.
Also, mebbe translation, i know of a company in göteborg that works with microsoft translation, or, well, used to, dont know if they are still around, just contact microsoft or a translationagency.

Landing a non-qualified job in sweden is rather hard thou. Its not like in the states. But others on TL know more about that than me.
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Puffin
post 1.Apr.2010, 03:34 PM
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TEFL work is not always easy to find in Sweden - the Swedish school system has compulsory English lessons for 9-12 years - and for those who did not learn there is free adult education via komvux

Many of the TEFL type jobs tend to be specialist business English classes - however most are lokking for people with some teaching experience and often they prefer people who speak at least basic Swedish

Översättare and tolk (interpreter) courses exist at several universities but most require fluency and at least a degree minor in Swedish


What is the basis of your residence permit that will enable you to live in Sweden - is it family ties?
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Salmon
post 1.Apr.2010, 09:08 PM
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Hi
The department of Linguistics in Stockholm university can advice you what is best to do regarding landing a career in Linguistics. You can also consider starting a master in linguistics and choose proper subjects. Try to look for some linguists associations or agencies so they know more about market reality.

What ever you plan to do in Sweden it is worth taking the Swedish language proficiency into consideration, in most places or positions you will be asked to fulfill a certain Swedish language proficiency, swedish will not be excluded in Any way.
Mind also that most of Swedes speak well English.

Good luck
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DerGegner
post 2.Apr.2010, 03:03 AM
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QUOTE (Salmon @ 1.Apr.2010, 09:08 PM) *
Hi. The department of Linguistics in Stockholm university can advice you what is best to do regarding landing a career in Linguistics.

Cool, thanks

QUOTE (Salmon @ 1.Apr.2010, 09:08 PM) *
What ever you plan to do in Sweden it is worth taking the Swedish language proficiency into consideration, in most places or positions you will be asked to fulfill a certain S ... (show full quote)

Well I have to learn how to speak it properly

I'm literate enough to have asked the same question here:

http://vof.se/forum/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=12097

(Jag är NeuraltNätverk i den där tråden - I'm NeuraltNätverk)

I've even read some of Dagdrömmar: en man utan humor with little difficulty so literacy isn't a huge challenge for me
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swozzie
post 2.Apr.2010, 04:50 AM
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You don't need a TEFL to tutor in English. Although most Swedes speak English it's not always with a lot of confidence once they get into an arena that is specialised such as business or the service and Health Industries etc. so there are many opportunities for that if you can get a foot in the door. .

Folkuniversitet also have need for native speakers now and then and don't always require TEFL especially if you have a degree in linguistics or applied linguistics. Rock up with your CV and you may just be at the right place at the right time. Language courses are very much a supply and demand thing and they can be running around for extra teachers at short notice.

Native speakers are what most schools and individuals want and the ability to speak Swedish is not really essential in spite of what some people think. This is my experience teaching in Germany and Sweden for over 10 years. In fact many schools want their teachers to NOT speak anything but English ( at least as far as the student is concerned) as the temptation to translate is too great and that is against the current teaching methodology
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swozzie
post 2.Apr.2010, 04:55 AM
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I should qualify my use of "schools" by that I mean adult learning facilities be it private language schools or adult learning institutions such as Folkuniversitetet, Komvux etc.

Not the Swedish Education Dept. which is an entirely different ball game.
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gplusa
post 2.Apr.2010, 08:10 AM
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I agree with swozzie. Sweden's "fluent English" doesn't carry over so fluently into areas of technically specific, or business, language. Great conversationally, yes. But not so confident with high level business language. Once they leave educational institutions, their primary source of English is limited to television. So there's a potential market there.
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Puffin
post 2.Apr.2010, 08:31 AM
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You may be lucky and find a specific job that does not require any Swedish - however there are an increasing number of places that expect at least basic Swedish for course paperwork and client contacts even when only English is spoken in the classroom.

I have taught English in several adult education learning facillities and all required at least basic Swedish - not least to complete the course paperwork and student reports and grading, liaise with Försäkringskassan ( a requirement for a job that was part of Kunskapslyftet) and in one case teaching at komvux the school was chosen for the national audit of gymnasiet results and the instructions for teachers required to participate in the audit was a 20 page booklet in Swedish.

In one job as a hemspråk (native language teacher in schools) the requirement of an 'ability to communicate in written and spken Swedish to a high standard* was stated on the job advert - when I asked about this the rektor said that they had had too many bad experiences where the school and hemspråk teacher had poor comunications, and the hemspråk teaching team were unable to communicate with each other at planning meetings etc - so they had changed policies to take Swedish speakers only so that the teaching meeting language would become Swedish.

Same situation at studieförbundent vuxenskolan where the previous teacher had been sacked for not understanding enough Swedish to communicate with the beginners or the office about course arrangements

A friend of mine had a number of jobs teaching business English with several major Swedish companies and again Swedish was required to liaise with the employers although the classes were in English only

Some of the state and kommun jobs as temporary unqualified teachers in schools/komvux may disappear as the current government is planning to make state jobs available only to qualified teachers. To get a teaching licence approved Svenska B/TISUS is needed
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swozzie
post 2.Apr.2010, 08:38 AM
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The OP has already said that he is competent in basic Swedish.
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DerGegner
post 2.Apr.2010, 01:39 PM
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At a literary level, probably more than basic. As I said I had little difficulty understanding a Swedish novel written around the turn of the 20th century as well as a more recent book on object-oriented programming

With some effort I can write *pretty* consistently at the level of say Dagens Nyheter

So at least that's not an issue
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Renfeh Hguh
post 2.Apr.2010, 09:28 PM
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Your job prospects will be determined by how cunning you are wink.gif
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swozzie
post 2.Apr.2010, 11:27 PM
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Or another way of putting it - how much initiative you have.

You can allow yourself to be bamboozled and intimidated by all the red tape as described above in another post or you can find a niche in the market and go for it. It's up to you.
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Renfeh Hguh
post 3.Apr.2010, 08:05 AM
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QUOTE (swozzie @ 3.Apr.2010, 12:27 AM) *
Or another way of putting it - how much initiative you have.

I that in reply to my response? think about it wink.gif
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swozzie
post 3.Apr.2010, 12:29 PM
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sorry...think about what ? huh.gif no understand
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