Oldham Sixth Form College


Modern Foreign Languages Careers Talk

Modern Foreign Languages Careers Talk

Caroline Rylance, Commercial Executive for Beechfield Brands Ltd., virtually met our AS Languages cohort this year on 17th June 2021. She gave a presentation covering careers in languages as well as her role within her company.

As Commercial Executive, Caroline’s role is to manage and support Beechfield Brands Ltd.’s accounts across Europe; this involves delivering product presentations (in the local language, where applicable), attending customer roadshows, trade shows, and offering marketing support in the form of samples, web banners and brochures. Caroline talked to our language students about her experience studying French and Spanish at university, what she found beneficial in her year abroad in Albacete and Châteauroux, her experience living in Alicante for one year following graduation and the career options that were available to her after she gained her university degree. We then discussed the vital part languages play in her role, and more broadly at Beechfield Brands and its vast network of distributors across Europe. Multiple languages are used on a daily basis. 

Languages are frequently used at Beechfield Brands, the Commercial department has regular contact with European distributors, as does the Customer Service/Sales team. In their Marketing department, they produce materials (including web banners, brochures and social media assets) in English, French, German, Italian, Polish and Spanish. The website is available in those six languages. The Purchasing department liaises regularly with their factories in China, India and Pakistan. 

It really opened my eyes to the range of jobs you can access with languages - it’s not all translation or teaching, you can do loads of things simply in other languages.

Oliver Cooney, A2 French.

This event was organised to give students an insight into the pathways that studying languages at a higher level bring and the potential career opportunities within the Language Industry. At the end of Caroline’s talk our students were encouraged to ask questions about what had been discussed. All our students engaged with the presentation, finding it useful and actively participating in the Q&A.

I liked that Caroline was honest and expressed some difficulties with her experiences in the language industry but also how much she benefits and enjoys the experience too. 

Keira Allcock, AS Spanish.

Following the talk, Caroline said; ‘I really enjoyed sharing my experiences of living abroad and studying French and Spanish with the students at OSFC, as well as talking to them about utilising my language skills in the workplace. It was great to be able to show them the variety of employment opportunities available with languages, and the value they bring to a role’.

Gemma Curto, Spanish Tutor at OSFC, would like to say ‘thank you to Caroline for this very insightful talk, which was extremely informative for our students. Many of our students could relate to your experience of learning languages in school and it has inspired them to explore careers in languages for potential work or future studies’’. 

Find out more about studying languages at OSFC at www.osfc.ac.uk/Courses/A-Level-Pathway