Organisations with branches or clients in other countries often use bilingual or multilingual secretaries to help them deal with communications in other languages. The work varies greatly depending on the employer and job role, but foreign language duties might include:
Bilingual secretaries also have general administrative duties which can include:
Bilingual secretaries usually work 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. They may be required to work at other times because of time differences between countries. Part-time work and job sharing may be available.
Work is usually office-based, however, some travel may be required, possibly abroad.
To be a bilingual secretary you will need:
There are opportunities for bilingual secretaries in multinational companies, import/export companies, banks, insurance companies, freight companies, the travel industry, international law firms and the Diplomatic Service.
There is a growing demand for workers with foreign language skills in all sectors. There are often opportunities to work abroad; this can build up experience and fluency.
In large organisations promotion to personal assistant and to a senior executive level may be possible. Gaining more qualifications and learning further languages can increase promotion prospects.
There may be opportunities to move into sales and marketing, translation or office management.
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OCR Information Bureau
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