Help! Career dilemma :/

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Help! Career dilemma :/

Postby Luke » Sun Jul 21, 2013 12:59 am

Hello, my passion is languages and I currently work in IT. I am learning Italian on the side and I am doing ok (but far from fluent) - I understand it will take many years to be good enough to interpret or translate into my mother tongue (english) or get any other job based from this.

Working in IT as a helpdesk technician troubleshooting IT problems is no interest to me anymore and I want a career change. I have been wondering what may help set me out in future for a job using the Italian language. The only job I can think of at this early stage is working as a travel agent - this way I leave the IT industry and set foot into the leisure/travel industry. My only problem is I will have no experience of being a travel agent.

I don't mind working in IT for a travel company - I'd love that but will be hard to find.

I want to know what others have done to get into the Italian/travel/tourism career they are in (or plans too).
Maybe there are other jobs which would help build up my CV in regards to Italian/travel/tourism that I could do?

Any ideas?
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Re: Help! Career dilemma :/

Postby calum » Sun Jul 21, 2013 12:05 pm

Hi Luke,

it depends on a lot of factors. Are you able to take on a job away from your current home, abroad even? Have you any personal or family ties that restrict your options?

I have a friend who became a tour guide, leading French, German or Italian tourists around a popular attraction and he achieved this, in part, by getting a job in a airline's call centre serving Italian customers. His knowledge of Italian broadened and he gained experience in customer service too. Is this something you could do? Perhaps you could register with recruitment agencies, specifying the areas you're interested in and your competency in Italian.

If you have no ties here, could you consider finding a job in Italy for 3, 6, or 12 months, say, teaching English as a foreign language?

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Re: Help! Career dilemma :/

Postby Luke » Sun Jul 21, 2013 10:15 pm

Hi Calum,

Thank you for your reply.

Unfortunately, I have family commitments, so I cannot go abroad - We have a little bambino/a on the way :D . Although we did say our next holiday would be Italy so I can have a good practise when we do go there.

A tour guide sounds good but I imagine I would have to go to London or somewhere big to have a chance at doing that - I live in a small town in Worcestershire.

The airline call centre idea sounds great - Birmingham airport is about 45/60 minutes away but no idea if they recruit Italian speakers or translators.
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Postby calum » Sun Jul 21, 2013 10:41 pm

Hi Luke,

You needn't travel to London, Worcester must have some tourist attractions of its own, no? My friend does his tourist guide work just at a local museum. As for the air travel call centres, they're not necessarily anywhere near an airport - they don't need to be. You could try any kind of call centre, travel, customer service, whatever... They generally work to a script so your competency in the target language doesn't have to be highly advanced. Have you ever done 1st line IT support? Then you'll know that it's the same faults and the same answers that come up all the time.

What level of Italian do you have?

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Re: Help! Career dilemma :/

Postby Luke » Mon Jul 22, 2013 10:59 pm

Thanks for your reply,

You have given me some positivity and insight as to what to do when the time is right.

I'll keep learning and hopefully one day I'll be more confident/ready to look for work.
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Re: Help! Career dilemma :/

Postby calum » Tue Jul 23, 2013 10:49 am

Luke wrote:Thanks for your reply,

You have given me some positivity and insight as to what to do when the time is right.

I'll keep learning and hopefully one day I'll be more confident/ready to look for work.



Stick with it. If you need any study tips, or have any questions about grammar or usage, ask away.


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Re: Help! Career dilemma :/

Postby Luke » Tue Jan 05, 2016 2:03 pm

Wow, I was going to write this very topic and forgot I actually wrote this 2 years ago.

An update:
I'm still in IT but work in a different job. I think I stuck with IT because it's just what I know, however I moved into a more advanced/specialist area in IT (networking) and I am a junior in this.

I've come to realise that this is no longer what I wish to do but translation/interpretation seems to far away.


I'm going through the thoughts again of getting a basic IT job as its what I know but I guess my dream would be to translate if it wasn't for all the hard work that has to go into it. It's not that I'm not determined, I am. I just think it's hard to get a job doing this so I guess I'm taking the easy option of sticking to what I know.

Anyone else in this dilemma?

The good thing with language is that you can apply it to everything you do (reciting
In your head) to learn - if I make a cup of tea I can recite the translation in my head for example.

I really do want to learn Italian and eventually more languages but just don't know the best way to do this and especially in my job situation.

I need to get Skype again and add some Italian learning friends.

I want this so much but also don't know if it's too late?

I have a second child on the way and I am 28years old.

Any advice/insight?

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Re: Help! Career dilemma :/

Postby calum » Thu Jan 07, 2016 11:18 am

Luke wrote:I want this so much but also don't know if it's too late?


It's never too late. I'm nearly twice your age and didn't start Italian until I was about 40-something!

Take a look at https://www.mooc-list.com/ where you should be able to find a course in Italian. This will be free of charge. I can also recommend the DuoLingo app, which you can do on your PC too. Again, that's free.

There's no quick and easy way to do any language; it takes time and effort to gain lasting results but it is fun. As I've said before, stick at it and you'll get there.

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