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Beat the Rat Race - A Careers Event for pre-GCSE Pupils

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Wednesday, 27 November, 2013 - 00:00
Event Type: 
North East
King's Road Centre, Newcastle University

In collaboration with Europe Direct, Routes into Languages present Beat the Rat Race: Using Languages To Get Ahead. Speakers from a wide range of professional sectors will demonstrate how language skills have benefited them in their careers in a fun and interactive way. There will also be the opportunity to learn a completely new language during taster sessions run by our very own Student Language Ambassadors and to hear about the opportunities available for studying languages at university.

With an exciting panel of real life linguists, language taster sessions and more, this event is designed to inspire your pupils to take languages forward at GCSE and show them just where it could take them in future. The panellists use languages in their jobs every day and come from industry, European institutions and a wide variety of organisations in the region. This is a unique chance to highlight the opportunities available to those who have a languages qualification.

The event is open to groups of up to 15 pupils per school who are in their options year (Year 8/9). The event will take place on Wednesday 27th November from 10.00-14.30, with registration from 09.30. Please see below for a full programme and a promotional flyer.



Event Programme


 09:30 - 09:55



10:00 - 10:10

Welcome & Introduction from event organisers.


10:10 - 10:40

Keynote Presentation from June Lowery-Kingston of the European Commission.


10.40 - 10:50

Video presentation—languages at work.


10:50 - 11:50

What’s my line?” - Micro-panels with real-life linguists challenge pupils to guess the career of each panellist and how they use languages


11:50 - 12:00

What else is a linguist good at ? The soft skills acquired in language learning.


12:00 - 12:45

Lunch (provided free of charge).


12:50 - 13:00

What it is really like to study a language at university -

School of Modern Languages, Newcastle University .


13.00 - 13:45 Language taster sessions with current university students, featuring an introduction to languages such as Chinese, Japanese or Portuguese.


13:50 - 14:15 Feedback & close. 

Please note that the programme may be subject to change.